Tonja started a new business networking group in 2013, called Ladies Who Launch (LWL). This group is for “working” Moms with young children who are finally gaining enough independence to allow these Moms to re-focus and re-energize their careers, completely change careers, and launch brand new businesses. The group provides support, ideas, encouragement, and accountability that makes getting back to work easy, exciting, and vastly productive.
Tonja most recently joined the BNI Capital City Closers business networking group. The group is all about supporting members’ businesses through quality referrals and getting to know each other on a deeper level than a typical networking group.
Tonja is a Licensed Practitioner for the Myers-Briggs (MBTI) Type Indicator and has worked with numerous corporate teams in the Austin (and Houston) areas to improve leadership and teamwork through understanding perceptions and preferences in behavior and decision-making.
Past Community Involvement
As life and it’s priorities change, so does your community focus and investment of time. Tonja has provided her time and service to the following organizations, and received tremendous benefits in return. All organizations are highly recommended:
A member of Toastmasters International for 8 years, Tonja served as the District 55 Performance Analyst, Area Governor, Austin Toastmasters President, Vice President Education, and Vice President Membership, and Laughing Matters Treasurer. She was voted Best Speaker of the Year by The Austin Toastmasters and won numerous speech contests including two awards at District-level competitions. Tonja earned the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) title through her leadership and educational achievements.
Tonja conducted a Youth Leadership program for a local high school and spoke to middle-school girls about leadership on behalf of the GenAustin organization. She taught Panel Facilitation classes to the board of, and was was a break-out speaker for, the Association for Women in Technology. She also taught Public Speaking classes to the Austin Bootstrap organization.
Tonja was an Advisory Board member of Texchange and a member of the Association for Women in Technology, Austin Bootstrap, ASTD Collaborative Consultants and the local chapter of the National Speakers Association.