Tina Tchen

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  • President & CEO, Time's Up
  • Former Assistant to President Barack Obama
  • Former Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama
  • Advocate for Gender Equality and Children's Issues

Tina Tchen shares hope, ideas and strategies that inspire others to recognize the power of diverse teams and keep equality on the forefront of the global agenda.

A high-powered lawyer, Tina’s career accomplishments have established her as a powerful advocate for gender equality. As President and CEO of TIME’S UP Now and the TIME’S UP Foundation, Tina oversees the organizations’ efforts to change culture, companies, and laws in order to make work safe, fair, and dignified for women of all kinds. In 2017, Tina co-founded the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, which has connected more than 3,600 people to legal or PR support for sexual harassment across dozens of different industries.

During her eight years at the White House, Tina served as chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, special assistant to President Barack Obama, and the executive director of the Council on Women and Girls, leading the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families and the first-ever United State of Women Summit. 

A passionate champion for women’s and children’s issues, including women in positions of leadership, Tina shares her unique perspective and insights on workforce diversity and inclusion, breaking through male-dominated industries, and ending campus assault. Energetic, authentic and engaging on stage, she empowers the next generation to raise their voices and take action now to secure a better tomorrow for women and minorities across the country and world.

 

 

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  • Procter & Gamble
  • Roger William University
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Tina Tchen draws from her lifetime of public service, including eight years in the Obama White House, to inspire others to realize the power of an individual to spark change and the value of diverse teams in any venture. A passionate champion for women and minority empowerment, Tina encourages young ...

Tina Tchen draws from her lifetime of public service, including eight years in the Obama White House, to inspire others to realize the power of an individual to spark change and the value of diverse teams in any venture. A passionate champion for women and minority empowerment, Tina encourages young leaders to recognize their worth, take charge of their futures, and set and achieve lofty goals. From organizations to communities and college campuses, Tina proves to audiences that leadership looks like everyone, and that, no matter your race, gender, sexual orientation or creed, the corner office, the Oval Office and any other aspiration are within reach. Listeners walk away motivated to contribute toward creating a world where equality, diversity and inclusion are no longer buzzwords, but typical facts of everyday life.

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<p>Tina Tchen is working to increase participation in every election </p>

Tina Tchen is working to increase participation in every election 

Former Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama and current President and CEO of TIME’S UP TINA TCHEN is on the board of When We All Vote, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization on a mission to increase participation in every election. Specifically focused on closing the race and age voting gap by harnessing grassroots energy, Tchen is on the front lines to change the culture around voting and ensure every American who can is able to participate in elections. Renowned as a passionate champion for women’s issues and fostering inclusivity in our democracy, Tchen shares her unique perspective and insights on diversity and ensuring every voice is heard—and population represented—in our society. Energetic, authentic and engaging on stage, she empowers audiences to raise their voices and take action now to secure a better tomorrow.

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Tina Tchen in the news

To stay on top of TINA TCHEN's tireless work inspiring others to recognize the power of diverse teams and keep equality on the forefront of the global agenda, follow her media appearances here:

10.31.2019  Time's Up President Tina Tchen on Creating a Whole New Culture at Work  |  InStyle

10.7.2019  Tina Tchen, Ex-Obama Aide, Will Take Over Time’s Up  |  The New York Times

4.30.2018  The #MeToo Lawyer Fighting for Women in the Workplace  |  Wall Street Journal

<p>Tina Tchen is the President and CEO of Time's UP</p>

Tina Tchen is the President and CEO of Time's UP

TINA TCHEN serves as president and CEO of TIME’S UP Now and the TIME’S UP Foundation, overseeing the organizations’ efforts to change culture, companies, and laws in order to make work safe, fair, and dignified for women of all kinds. Former Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama and one of the co-founders of the Time's UP Legal Defense Fund-- which has connected more than 3,600 people to legal or PR support for sexual harassment across dozens of industries-- Tina is at the forefront of the movement for women's rights in a post MeToo era. Her appointment as CEO of TIME'S UP made headlines in The New York Times, CNBC, and more, as Tina was sought-out for interviews on CBS' This Morning and Bloomberg to shed light on the future of the movement, including a donation from Melinda Gates that will allow TIME's UP to launch a research lab to uncover the policies and strategies that actually work in ensuring gender equality in the workplace. A powerful, compelling speaker, Tchen provides insights to companies on how to enact equitable policies and transform their workplace in ways that promote diversity and inclusivity. Sought-out to speak everywhere from Procter & Gamble to The New York Times New Rules Summit, Tchen's eye-opening and actionable insights make a tangible impact. As the Procter & Gamble raved: "It was a pleasure to have Tina as our Keynote Speaker. She wowed our attendees – both employees and external attendees alike. We received overwhelmingly positive feedback on her talk, such as: 'Tina’s speech was eye-opening to think differently and deeply on the subject of gender equality and diversity in such different angles and perspective...'"

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Tina Tchen serves as president and CEO of TIME’S UP Now and the TIME’S UP Foundation, overseeing the organizations’ efforts to change culture, companies, and laws in order to make work safe, fair, and dignified for women of all kinds. In 2017, Tina co-founded the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund with Robbie Kaplan, Fatima Goss Graves, and Hilary Rosen; since then, the Fund has connected more than 3,600 people to legal or PR support for sexual harassment across dozens of different industries. 

A former assistant to President Obama, executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, Tina has worked for decades to advance gender equality, particularly for working women. At the White House, Tina spearheaded the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families and helped form the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.


Prior to taking the helm at TIME’S UP, Tina was a lawyer specializing in workplace culture, advising companies on gender inequity, sexual harassment, and diversity. She has served on numerous strategic advisory boards for organizations, businesses, and nonprofits, including the United State of Women, which she continues to co-chair.