Walker’s Legacy Profiles recognize unique women of color in business who embody the legacy of Madame C.J. Walker, the first female self-made millionaire.
In this installment meet Tonya B. Richardson, the newest member of the Walker’s Legacy Foundation Team.
Who is she? Tonya Brown Richardson currently serves as Manager of Strategic Partnerships and Programs for the Walker’s Legacy Foundation. To this role, she brings a variety of professional experiences in the areas of administration, nonprofit/association management, marketing, and education. Previously, she worked for Talley Management Group where she specialized in process improvement in the areas of marketing and management for several national and international trade association client accounts. Tonya has also served as Assistant Principal, Dean of Students and Technology Integration Specialist at Friendship Public Charter School – a role she assumed after working as a Site Director for Fairfax County Government’s Computer Learning Centers Partnership. Brown Richardson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Media Communications from Hampton University and a Master of Science degree in Business Management, with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of Maryland University College.
“In a world where women of color are overlooked, underrepresented and second guessed, the playing field needs to be evened out.”
Why is working with women of color important to you? I feel that we must work collectively to uplift each other and help each other reach the goals that we all want. It is my belief that it’s easier, more effective and efficient to pool our knowledge together than for one person to do it by themselves. That’s why I believe that Walker’s Legacy is so important to society. We must work as a community to uplift, educate and enhance each other and to be the change that we want to see.
What quote gives you inspiration and why? To whom much is given, much is required. My late grandmother, Allie Muse Peebles, used to quote this often to me. She reminded her children and grandchildren that if you are blessed, you have an obligation to give back to others. We were raised by this mantra and by her example. As a result, I have been taught to help others in any way that I can. I believe that no matter how big or how small your act of kindness is, it is warranted and necessary to help our community, our country and our world to be a better place.