Since 1996, Tammy Bormann and the TLB Collective have researched, designed and facilitated dialogue-based organizational change processes that gather and analyze the insights and experiences of those who work in the organization; provide targeted learning experiences to disseminate knowledge about historic and contemporary systems of inequity and discrimination; build the capacity of leaders and staff at all levels to recognize and analyze how systems of inequity and exclusion show up in their own organizations; and enable organizational visioning and planning to replace inequitable and exclusive policies, practices, behaviors and norms with strategies that increase diversity, embody inclusion and dismantle inequity.
Over 33 years, Tammy has worked with a wide variety of clients nationally and internationally including private foundations, not-for-profit organizations, for-profit companies, arts institutions, museums, healthcare organizations, universities and colleges, faith-based organizations; state and federal agencies, and NGOs. Some of her clients include: New York City Ballet, Loretto Senior Healthcare, The State of New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, the Bosque Redondo Memorial, Goucher College, PointMade Films, the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools, The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, Houston Ballet, The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History, among many others.
Tammy has chaired the Board of Directors of the dance company Urban Bush Women (UBW) since 2006. In this capacity, she has prepared UBW dancers to employ dialogue processes in their performance work and social justice community engagement programs, as they pursue the UBW vision to use “movement to build a movement.” She has twice served as a mentor with the Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training and facilitated a National Voices panel on Race in Dance for the annual Dance/NYC symposium in 2015.
Tammy is one of four women on the Design and Facilitation Team for THE EQUITY PROJECT: Increasing the Presence of Blacks in Ballet, a three-year initiative sponsored by Dance Theatre of Harlem, The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD), and Dance/USA and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Launched in 2018, THE EQUITY PROJECT seeks to create a learning community that ignites field-wide change among artistic and executive leaders from 21 professional ballet organizations. We provide education, coaching and strategies for increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion, particularly for Black professionals, across the ballet industry.
Tammy works extensively in the museum field, having served as a member of the design team for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati and, since 2008, as a dialogue consultant with the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, the only global network of historic sites, museums and memory initiatives that connect past struggles to today’s movements for human rights. With the Coalition, she has trained more than 50 national and international museums to design and lead meaningful public dialogue programs around human rights and social justice issues. In 2016-2017, she served as the dialogue consultant for the Coalition’s national initiative, Brown v. Board to Ferguson: Fostering Dialogue on Education, Incarceration and Civil Rights. In 2017, she designed and facilitated a Coalition conference in Entebbe, Uganda to prepare South Sudanese civil society leaders to facilitate community based dialogue for transitional justice across South Sudan.
Tammy earned her BA in French and Communication Studies from Muhlenberg College and an Ed.M. from Harvard University. She chairs the boards of Urban Bush Women and Arts Horizons, an arts-in-education organization, and serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Muhlenberg College. She is a former chair of the Myhelan Cultural Art Center, a community center dedicated to using the visual and performing arts to build cross-cultural understanding nationally and internationally. Tammy is a member of the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation and a recipient of the Woman of Distinction Award from the New Jersey Boy Scouts of America.