Tara Michener, MA, LPC, NCC, SEHS `12
Author, Counselor, and Speaker
Tara Michener is an award winning author of “Who I Am Not What I Am”, “100% Real”, “Summer Camp Survival”, “No Longer Besties”, and “Teen Life Crisis”. A 2012 graduate of the Masters of Counseling program, Tara founded TMI, LLC, a company that promotes diversity through books, speaking engagements and training curriculum. She is also founder of Professionals Against Bullying and Students Against Bullying and owner of Michener Associates Counseling Center.
As a graduate student, Tara worked diligently to bring anti-bullying awareness to campus through various efforts including the implementation of “Unbully”, the first ever anti-bullying conference at OU. Tara was recognized for her efforts to advance diversity on campus with the Keeper of the Dream award and Leadership in Diversity award.
As an alum, Tara has given back to the Center for Multicultural Initiatives by helping to vet and evaluate those interested in the role of peer mentor, sharing resources and presenting on the topic of anti-bullying for the annual women’s retreat, and attending the annual Keeper of the Dream event as a past winner. In the past year alone, Tara served as a Leadership OU mentor, volunteered as a career mentor at the annual Speed Networking event, and was appointed to OUAA’s Young Alumni Council.
Tara’s Leadership OU mentee, Dema Iskander, CAS, `16, benefitted first-hand from her leadership and advice. “Despite Tara’s busy work schedule, she somehow still managed to make time for me and for all of the organizations she is so dedicated to,” said Dema. “Her passion for her practice is quite obvious and Tara excels in everything she does because of this.”
Tara is a mental health contributor for Metro Parent and WDET Detroit Today. She has been featured in various media outlets such as CW50, MY TV20, and PBS. Tara was named Michbusiness One Person Wonder Award winner in 2014, one of L. Brooks Patterson’s Elite 40 Under 40 in 2013, Madonna University’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award winner in 2011, and received the Salute to Diversity Award by Corp! Magazine in 2010. Tara serves as a Princeton Prize in Race Relations chair, Novi Rotarian, Novi Public Library Board of Trustee Vice President, and TEDx speaker.