A leadership development organization that focuses on improving leadership skills of those in key organizational roles, by employing a consortium of experts who provide a menu of services in various areas of leadership and development.
With over 20 years of leadership experience in non-profit, education, and business organizations.
Todd Pipkin has a unique perspective regarding the lacuna of leadership skills across the board, in key roles that influence organization productivity and outcomes. Poor communication practices, counterproductive relationship habits, and a lack of collaborative and empowering organization culture can contribute to unfulfilled system and individual goals. Through TAP, Todd has assembled a cadre’ of experts in the areas that address the multifaceted aspects distinctive to each organization. TAP is poised to empower leaders of today as well as leaders of the future.
Impactful, professional development that pinpoints critical concerns within each organization’s individual structure. We offer comprehensive evaluations specific to the goals, areas of focus, and desired growth unique to each client via a collective of experts equipped to address systemic gaps in leadership and team-building culture.
For the last 20 years, Todd Pipkin has demonstrated effective educational leadership with school-turn around/start-up efforts in Charlotte, NC; Petersburg, VA; Marlboro, SC; Clarendon, SC; Surprise, AZ, and Rocky Mount, NC. He is an expert in providing schools with the transformational tools needed to improve student performance, increase teacher morale, develop effective school leadership, establish community engagement from parents/business community, and formulate an influential school culture. Todd has effectively turned around two high-profile schools (Olympic High School and Rocky Mount Prep) in North Carolina. Both schools were slated to be closed by the state. He was also instrumental in establishing two start-up schools, Willow Canyon HS in Surprise, AZ, as an Assistant Principal and Head of School of The Male Leadership Academy of Charlotte in Charlotte, NC. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Todd has a powerful testimony of his struggles academically in High School as several high school teachers told him “You are not college material.” He was nearly flunking out of The University of Pittsburgh, where he had received a football athletic scholarship. Todd graduated in four years and earned his master’s degree from the University of Phoenix in Educational Leadership. Today, Todd is the Founder and CEO of TAP Expert Educational Consortium. He witnessed the lack of effective leadership from those leading schools, organizations, and nonprofits. TAP was organically grown to have experts in their field of concentration be part of collaborating consortium that would provide comprehensive service for schools and organizations worldwide. Todd displays a commitment to himself and his dreams through his daily actions. TAP Expert Educational Consortium is here to change the world one person at a time, and Todd’s belief in carrying out that goal is to surround and work with those better than you!
Born in Pittsburgh, PA., Dr. Alexander attended the California University of Pennsylvania, earning her B.S. in Education and a 7-12 Social Science certification. She earned her master’s degree in education (MS. Ed.) and a K-12 School Counseling certification from Duquesne University and returned there to earn her Ph.D. in Counseling and Supervision. Dr. Alexander’s research interests and areas of expertise focus on counseling diverse populations, trauma and trauma-centered interventions, Transgenerational Trauma, Historical Trauma, and Cultural Trauma in the Black community and other communities of color, athlete mental wellness, leadership, and team-building. Dr. Alexander has presented at national conferences, The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), as well as for state and community organizations including the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, local universities, high schools, and for community organizations like local branches of the NAACP on diversity, transferred trauma, and the importance of mental health treatment in minority communities. Dr. Alexander has also facilitated workshops for city workers, multiple public, private, and independent schools, and nonprofit organizations. She served as president of a local NAACP branch and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. She is also a contributing author of Counseling Ethics: Philosophical and Professional Foundations (2013) and Trauma Counseling: Theories and Interventions 2nd edition (2022), Springer Publishing Company. As a classroom teacher, Dr. Alexander garnered student-nominated awards such as Who’s Who Among American Teachers (2000 and 2002), and National Honor Roll’s Outstanding American Teachers (2005-2006). She is also a recipient of the 2021 The State of Black Learning, Black Excellence in Education Award and a 2021 New Pittsburgh Courier Women of Excellence recipient. In addition to her full-time position as a School Counselor at Penn Hills Senior High School, Dr. Alexander established her Consulting firm LegAAcy, Culturally Aware Advising, and Consulting, as a way to educate and engage people and communities of color around mental health, trauma, and equity & belonging and earned her Sports Counseling Certification in 2021. Dr. Alexander’s career spans the fields of both mental health and education, as those worlds often coalesce and overlap in myriad ways, affecting our personal and work lives and our ability to function healthily as leaders in those realms. Dr. Alexander’s dissertation, Examining the Legacy of Transgenerational Trauma and its Effects on Contemporary African American adults in Parenting and Caregiver Roles to African American Adolescents, has been viewed, downloaded, and referenced thousands of times, including in South Africa, Kenya, Botswana, and Tanzania and is often used to guide practitioners and lay persons around the sequelae of trauma.
With an extensive background in project management, leadership development, business development, and social media marketing and management, LaShawn R. Murray is well known for her role as a consultant to numerous small businesses. With 17 years of experience, she began her project management through customer service and retail management. She soon realized she had a talent for leading teams, setting deadlines and objectives to attain a larger goal.She began her professional career with Walgreens in 2008 as a manager, where she quickly moved up the ranks. During her tenure with Walgreens, she was tasked with transforming some of the worst-performing stores in Baltimore, MD, and Washington, DC. Within six months at each location, she was credited with making them top-performing stores. This included leading the district in overall customer delight scores, developing and mentoring employees to become members of the leadership team, stabilizing staffing, and managing the reduction of hours worked for a $7.5M revenue store. In addition to store transformations, LaShawn became the Lead Store Project Manager over 40 store managers and assistant store managers to open the 2nd most prominent location in Walgreens, the flagship store in the Chinatown area of Washington, D.C. She also managed other projects for Walgreens, such as the Community Health Fair in conjunction with Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital. She led a group of individuals with the initiation, planning, and execution to promote health test screenings, immunizations, and HIV/AIDS awareness that generated over 800 attendees.LaShawn is a native of Pittsburgh, PA. She graduated from Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD, with a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication. While in college, she began working as a call center management intern with Verizon Wireless, where she worked closely with the benefits, workforce management, and training departments. While there, through close observation, research, and networking, she successfully developed and executed a project that improved the communication processes between supervisors and customer service representatives to increase productivity and meet adherence goals.LaShawn has led many successful projects for large companies/organizations through the years, including educational testing company Prometric, telecommunication company Verizon Communications, and Medstar Union Memorial Hospital Patient Transport Department. In 2019, LaShawn became the Director of Career Services for the Institute of Medical and Business Careers (IMBC), where she oversaw placement for graduates and created and maintained relationships with key stakeholders in major companies in the Pittsburgh region. During her time at IMBC, LaShawn began to realize her talent and love for project management, leadership, marketing, and business development and decided to take a leap of faith, and she began consulting for small businesses. In 2021, she established her consulting firm and is now the Founder & CEO of Elle Renee Agency, specializing in project management, social media marketing/management, and business development.While in high school, LaShawn became familiar with a quote from Michael Jordan that she stands by to this day, “some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, and others make it happen.” No matter the obstacle or challenge, she always believed she was the person to make it happen.
Kweiln Waller is a highly qualified manager with 16 years of public sector experience who leads a diverse and dedicated team of workforce development professionals providing jobseeker and training services to 5,000 Phoenix residents annually. Skilled in human-centered design, continuous improvement, implementing effective programs, building relationships, and administering grant-funded workforce development programs.
Dr. Chance W. Lewis is the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Additionally, Dr. Lewis is the Executive Director of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Urban Education Collaborative which is publishing a new generation of research on improving urban schools. Dr. Alexander has presented at national conferences, The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), as well as for state and community organizations including the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, local universities, high schools, and for community organizations like local branches of the NAACP on diversity, transferred trauma, and the importance of mental health treatment in minority communities. Dr. Alexander has also facilitated workshops for city workers, multiple public, private, and independent schools, and nonprofit organizations. She served as president of a local NAACP branch and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. She is also a contributing author of Counseling Ethics: Philosophical and Professional Foundations (2013) and Trauma Counseling: Theories and Interventions 2nd edition (2022), Springer Publishing Company.
Patrick J. Patterson, MSW, MPH is an award-winning speaker, advocate and influencer of change for fathers, men, boys, and families nationally and internationally. He has a powerful testimony of humble beginnings, challenges and triumphs with his own father, faith, and forgiveness. His journey also includes his inspirational transformation from graduating high school with a 1.3 GPA to earning a Bachelors Degree with honors and two Masters Degrees, all on full scholarship, which motivates students at all levels. Patrick’s life and story are stirring and full of principles that have helped many to find their path to success.Throughout Patrick’s career he has been a featured keynote, workshop leader or trainer in 43 states, the US Virgin Islands and 5 different countries. He currently serves as a consultant to the NFL Players Association, providing training to current and former NFL Players on fatherhood, parenting, and healthy relationships. Requests for Patrick to deliver inspiration range widely, however his most requested talks focus on:
Dr. Alicia McCree was born and raised in Charlotte, NC, and had over 30 years of experience as an educator. As a product of Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, she graduated from Myers Park High School. Her education continued with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Johnson C. Smith University. After serving as a school principal in CMS for 10-years, she attained her Education Specialist degree and a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Wingate University. She also served as principal at two local charter schools (grades K-12th). After teaching in CMS for 6-years, she became a facilitator of instruction and furthered her education with a Master’s in School Administration from UNC-Charlotte. Principal McCree is a passionate educator who has a proven track record working in challenging schools. Her dedication to high student achievement and continuous growth drives her work ethic daily. As a result of her success, she was given Freedom and Flexibility with Accountability while serving as a principal in CMS. She has served as an educator and school leader at all grade levels (K-12). In addition to her work at the school level, she has also worked as an educational consultant, principal mentor, and classroom management trainer to teachers. Her strengths with instructional leadership and school management have positively impacted both the public and charter schools.
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