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Tonya Fitzpatrick inspires people to discover their purpose as a pathway to success, how to embrace the transformative power of travel and navigate the world as a global citizen. READ FULL BIO

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“Tonya showcases her depth of knowledge and passion for socially conscious travel. As a woman of color, she brings a unique perspective to her approach to travel, which is evident in all of her endeavors.”

Helen Hernandez, CEO, North American Travel Journalist Association

“If I could express what Tonya is in one word it would be REGAL…Even before she presented I observed how Tonya was proficient and incredible in her craft.”

Sherron WashingtonFounder, Market Simple Summit

"Tonya is an amazing speaker, traveller, & example for world citizenship. She truly lives her story: Connecting people & service across the world. Her story exemplifies living a life of continual transition. There were amazing stories & asides, as Tonya kept the audience focused on their own potential development journeys."

Travis Collier, Author, USCG Officer, Military Transition Consultant

“Tonya is an engaging, charismatic speaker and a great storyteller. She takes you with her; as she easily interacts with her audience. That’s a gift!”

Sangeeta Waldron, Founder, Serendipity PR & Media; Contributing Editor to 3BL Media

“Tonya did an amazing job of educating us on what it takes to launch, run and sustain a successful podcast…I walked away with an awareness of what it takes and tangible strategies on how to succeed.”

Jennifer Ransaw Smith, CEO, Brand id

"Tonya spoke at the 2017 National Association of Women MBAs annual Conference.  She knows the real value of careers, career transitions, and honoring one's life's work. The audience gave rave reviews."

Dr. Bethany Miller, NAWMBA Conference Chair, 2017

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Discovering Your Purpose Through Your Passion
Identify the stressors that may be holding you back from living a purpose-driven life.  Understand the steps it takes to discover your passion and learn why you may already know what it is.

Finding Truth in an Era of Fake News and Fearmongering
Break through the noise of sensationalized news reports that keep you from traveling, connecting with others or experiencing the wonderful surprises that the world has to offer.  Enjoy an opportunity to further develop the cultural intelligence that it takes to navigate the world in business and for personal fulfillment.

Becoming Pod-tastic
Mine for market gold with a podcast using concise and easy-to-implement steps to create an award-worthy online presence.  In this interactive session you will *Identify your unique voice  *Create a catchy show title  *Build your first SEO rich episode  *Develop your marketing presence

Career Transitions – Detour Ahead:  How to Navigate a Career Change
Learn why the role of networking in advancing social capital, the importance of strong communication skills in articulating personal brand essence, and the importance of the fundamental principles of education.  Be prepared to elevate yourself and initiate steps toward living the life of your dreams!

Success Simplified

Ever wonder why you feel like you’re on a treadmill, trying to go faster and juggling many different tasks while trying to please everyone?  You’re not alone!  These days it seems that everyone is trying to grab the gold ring but the carousel is going too fast and it’s too complicated to find competent strategies to reach out and actually grasp it.

What if you took command and chose your own meaning of success so that you could love the life you live?  The insights shared by the authors in this book have the capacity to not only inspire but transform your life.

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Tonya Fitzpatrick loves talking about the transformative power of travel and she has done so on several stages including TEDx, the Women’s Economic Forum in India, the North American Travel Journalist Association (NATJA), and FestiGals conference in New Orleans.   She has also served as moderator for the Environmental Film Festival and a film presentation at the National Press Club.  Tonya is a lawyer by training but an intrepid traveler and global citizen by heart and the latter inspired her to create World Footprints Media ( where she producers and co-hosts the multi award-winning World Footprints podcast with her husband, Ian.   World Footprints is the recipient of multiple awards including a prestigious  Lowell Thomas award and African Community Service Award for journalistic excellence and socially conscious mission.   Listeners have been inspired by World Footprints interviews with prominent figures like the late Dr. Maya Angelou, Ken Burns, Jack Hanna, Stefanie Powers, David Rockefeller, Jr., Robert Kennedy, Jr., and others.

A published author, Tonya has contributed a chapter in a career inspiration book with Stephen Covey, co-created a Baltimore travel app and authored an e-itinerary guide for Washington, DC. Her professional career is diverse and ranges from a fundraising executive for a theatre to a politico.  Under President George W. Bush, she received an appointment as a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education; she was placed as a federal contractor as Senior Legal Advisor in the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and, Tonya has served on Capitol Hill and other in other political positions.

Tonya received a Masters degree from the London School of Economics and a law degree from Wayne State University. She has lived, studied or worked in England, Russia and China.  She was recognized as a “Top Woman in Travel Media” by the Women in Travel & Tourism International and is a popular media personality who has appeared on public radio, the CBS and NBC networks and Retirement Living.  Tonya has also been featured in Black Enterprise, USA News Report and several books including “This Is NOT The Career I Ordered”.  Tonya is a member of the National Speakers Association, Society for American Travel Writers and NATJA.  When she is not crossing the globe, Tonya lives in the metro Washington, DC area with her husband Ian and their cat, Irwin.