Tawanna Rucker is the Founder and Executive Director at TruExpansion Foundation, an organization that provides youth empowerment programs and vocational training in business office services to teens. She has successfully developed strategic partnerships with organizations to engage youth through higher education, arts, and community involvement. She is also the owner of Truexpansion Living.

Tawanna has lived in many cities in the United States and has lived and worked abroad. She began her career in 1992 as a professional model and later appeared in advertisement for Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, JCPenney and more. She also appeared in ads for L’Oreal, Mary Kay Cosmetics and opened shows for designers such as the legendary Carolina Herrera.

Later, she studied wellness therapy and acquired her license in the field. Tawanna began working in the spa and wellness industry. Her professional experience includes working for International luxury, five-star management companies, The Ritz-Carlton and The Four Seasons Resort and Club.

In 2009, Tawanna began her yoga teacher training to study the many benefits of the wellness practice. Ms. Rucker has received certifications related to her broad variety of interest. She has developed a curriculum that consists of 6-key elements to teach personal development, life-skills, and wellness to teenagers.

Tawanna Rucker is a certified professional life coach and licensed wellness specialist, trained in an intensive corporate leadership program. She utilizes life coaching strategies, combines them with corporate leadership methods and specialized knowledge in wellness to create a life coaching course to help teens create an atmosphere for success.

She is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children (CASA). As an advocate, she speaks out for the best interest of neglected and abused children in court. She is an empowerment coach who assists youth in finding their own power from within and teaches them how to use it effectively.

Ms. Rucker studied Executive Nonprofit Leadership at Southern Methodist University and the Center for Nonprofit Management. An Oklahoma native, she is the mother of one; both reside in Dallas, TX. To learn more about her organization or how you can sponsor a child in her program visit www.truexpansion.orgClick here to view her personal blog.

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