Tish Norman

Tish Norman has been captivating and motivating audiences for over 15 years and is among the nation’s premier classroom, campus, and corporate™ keynote speakers. A former school teacher, Tish found her passion in life—educating and empowering others through her stirring keynote presentations.  Known for her wit and style, it is here that Tish delivers powerful messages in an approachable and practical fashion.  She relates to and appeals to her audiences’ basic desire and common goal, to make the most of every leadership experience.

This award-winning speaker is the Executive Director of Transforming Leaders Now, Inc., an educational consulting company, providing memorable keynotes and engaging professional development seminars.  Tish is a contributing author of 2 books, Leading the Way and From Mediocre to Magnificent.  She was a finalist in Campus Activities Magazine’s 2012 Speaker of the Year and has articles featured in multiple higher education publications.

Tish has a BA in Education from Kentucky State University and a MA from Pepperdine University.  She is currently a doctoral pursuant in Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville, where her research focuses on the intersections of Memory and Material Culture of Black Sorority Collegians.  Tish’s goal is to help audiences develop critical skills necessary to personify their life mission and that of their organization.  


  • Contributing author Leading the Way
  • Contributing author From Mediocre to Magnificent
  • Finalist Campus Activities Magazine’s 2012 Speaker of the Year


“You truly are an inspiration and you knew exactly what to say to get me to listen.  I must admit, I was a little skeptical at first, however you sure proved me wrong.  What you’re doing is so very important and I hope you keep doing it… you had a huge impact on me.”
-Mallory, Student, Butler University

“AMAZING!  Tish grabbed the audience’s attention from the first second she started talking.  The group was jazzed about the speaker and talked about her for weeks after.  I was stopped several times in the Student Union by Greek students who wanted to say thank you for bringing such a great speaker. Tish’s entire keynote was effective.”
-Kevin, Greek Life, Northern Arizona University


Speaker Topics

  • Corporate Events
  • Faculty and Corporate Training
  • Student Leadership Conferences
  • Greek Life/NPHC Programs
  • Diversity/MLK Day/Black History Month
  • Women & Leadership
  • Personal Growth
  • Communication
  • Cultural Commencement Celebrations and
  • Graduations
  • Summer Programs/Lectures
  • First-year Experience
  • Women Leadership Conferences
  • Youth Events
 Think Global, Book Local. Tish Norman is based out of Cincinnati, OH.