Globally Recognized Speaker, Life and Leadership Coach, Leader in Diversity, Inclusion, Equality, Psychological Safety for Corporations, Organizations, School Districts, Universities and Security Initiatives – CEO/Founder of Kids on the Move for Success.
Antoinette Tuff is passionate about keeping the workplace and schools psychologically safe environments by using her "Tuff Tactics" Techniques. As the result of Antoinette being held hostage in a diverse and inclusive environment with a gunman, she is committed to restoring, revitalizing and reconnecting corporations with their leadership teams and employees, by bringing them back to the heart of the corporation where everyone can feel appreciated and valued.
On August 19, 2013, Antoinette Tuff was a school bookkeeper, severely depressed because her husband of 33 years had recently left. She, now, as a single mom, was faced with the daunting challenges of raising a son with multiple disabilities and a daughter in law school.
Never did she think that she would become a hero saving more than 1,000 lives, a best-selling author, an international celebrity, an expert on community safety, the Founder and CEO of a non-profit, Kids on the Move for Success or a guest of Michelle Obama at the State of the Union Address.
The next day, her life changed forever. Antoinette, an accidental hostage negotiator, used her experiences with challenging life issues to successfully convince an armed gunman, who entered the Ronal E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, to give her his AK-47. This is the only school active shooter situation in the US that ended without death or injury to students, faculty, parents or shooter himself. Experience hostage negotiators, law enforcement and community leaders praised her intuitive, yet textbook, hostage negotiations on August 20, 2013.
As a speaker, Antoinette shares how her everyday crisis management techniques using Tuff Tactics apply to a wide variety situations, both large and small. Attendees in her audiences members will learn how stressful incidents in their everyday life can be leveraged as an asset when dealing with difficult interpersonal relationships, heated customer interactions or if they find a gun pointed in their direction. Her crisis management presentation with Conversation in the Crosshairs is designed to complement structured crisis situations and relationship training utilized by security, human resource and legal teams.
Seven-time Grammy® Award winner, Toni Braxton, stars as Antoinette Tuff, in “Faith Under Fire” for Lifetime TV. “Faith Under Fire” premiered on Saturday, January 27, 2018. “Faith Under Fire” was produced by Sony Pictures Television and based on the book “PREPARED for a PURPOSE: An Inspiring True Story of Faith, Courage and Compassion in Crisis” by Antoinette Tuff and Alex Tresniowski, Executive Producers are T. D. Jakes (Heaven is for Real), Judith Verno (Producer and Actress), Derrick Williams (Miracles from Heaven), Toni Braxton and Craig Baumgarten (Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart). Emmy nominee Vondie Curtis Hall (Abducted: The Carlina White Story) directs from a script written by Laura Harrington and Stephen Kay. Also, her real-life story was documented by the Biography Channel, and was also shown on Lifetime TV.
After the school shooting in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018, Antoinette Tuff became a recognized expert and community leader for student safety. Antoinette believes that compassion, confidence and control are the best options when dealing with student safety, which includes the prevention of bullying, suicide and deescalating an active shooter situation. She is frequently asked to participate in the conversations in the media and on Town Hall panels, including:
Antoinette has the following program in the organization:
The Ultimate Diversity Blueprint includes our DIPS (Diversity, Inclusion, Psychological Safety Programs). It has four key components that will allow the management team and employees within any company, nonprofit or school, to have diversity, inclusion and a safe environment. This improves productivity, retention, and creates a culture that truly supports all!
The DIPS Programs provide a blueprint for improving communication across your organization. After attending this program your team will have effective strategies that allow everyone to feel safe to share and collaborate. This will also increase loyalty and investment in the organization's future.
Kids on the Move for Success believes that there are many issues that contribute to the success of children. For children to succeed, they must feel safe, must be transported to a world beyond their everyday life, learn that STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) fields are available to all and that giving back to the community is important in learning acceptance and developing leadership skills. Kids on the Move for Success believes that compassion, confidence and control are foundational elements in the success of children now and in the future. Our programs are designed to be mobile and dynamic, allowing us to impact communities at the local, state and national level.
Here is somebody who is not just courage, not just cool under pressure, but also had enough heart that somehow she could convince somebody that was really troubled that she cared about him.
Tuff was a shape-shifter during her faceoff with the gunman. She started off as his victim, then turned herself into his messenger, confidant, protector and mother before reverting to what she was all along: A survivor.
My company had Antoinette do a keynote for our employees and key partners/customers. She was amazing. I fully endorse her and welcome any direct outreach on her performance or the value thereof. Antoinette told her amazing story and made it relevant for my team today as we work through pandemic and economic challenges together. Antoinette is a consummate professional with her presentation skills and I truly cannot say enough. If your team needs a lift, she is your ticket.
As veteran with combat service in Iraq and a peacekeeping tour in Bosnia, I know what it takes to lead successfully in the midst of the most austere conditions imaginable. Thanks to the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army, I was equipped with the tools and training to make the right decisions at the right times. Not everyone gets the benefit of that experience but clearly have what Tom Wolfe called, "the right stuff." Enter: Antoinette Tuff, a phenomenal American heroine. Her story is so compelling and inspiring, I encourage every human being to hear it. Facing a lone gunman, armed with an assault rifle and 500 rounds of ammunition, Antoinette stepped up with the inherent calm of a NASA astronaut bringing calm to chaos. She not only saved the lives of 850 school children, she convinced the self-destructive gunman to give up his dark path and surrender to justice. Antoinette did all of this even in the wake of her own personal struggles that would break others facing the same challenges. Don't miss your chance to work with Antionette: be inspired, be empowered, and grow together!
Most of us live our lives as a series of small events that each changed us little by little into who we are today. We don't all get those singularly big moments that test our mettle and prove who we are. Those, too, come to most of us in small tests. As I listened to Ms. Tuff's 911 call, like many, I asked myself what I would have done. Ms. Tuff doesn't have to wonder anymore. The sum of her life's experiences prepared her for that day, and that moment that defined her. When she stands in front of your group to share herself and her life, you'll know that she never wanted that dreadful day to ever arrive, but was most certainly ready for it. Living the experience with her may well help to prepare you for your big test, but it can also prepare you for the small tests we each face day to day.
I had the honor of sitting next to Ms. Antoinette Tuff on the bus while taking my eighth grade students on a Civil Rights Trip through Atlanta and Alabama. The trip is a focused look at nonviolence and the leaders who had the courage to fight hatred with love, and rise above inhumane injustice with intelligence and strategy. Ms. Tuff is all of this and more. We were blessed to have her speak to us and and our students about the need for educational support, compassionate community resistance, and most specifically her ability to see humanity in the eyes of deep despair and fear. Ms. Tuff touched all of our hearts, as she quietly listens to those around her, sees keenly into their hearts and eloquently describes what it takes to be an ally, to compassionately see your foe, to work to make sure that all of our children get the support and guidance and love that they need. I have recently changed schools and am hoping that Ms. Tuff will join me in my new school and new classroom to share her insights and to ignite our community.
Antoinette is one of those rare individuals who can innovate during extraordinary times. She has an inclusive mindset and always works for the well-being of others. Her energy is tremendous. I see more companies adopting her strategies in transforming corporate culture.
Antoinette is an amazing person whose hard work, kindness, and knowledge continues to impact the business world daily. I was proud to have been asked to be part of the 2020 Leader ID Conference, which Antoinette developed and chaired. Working with her was both informative and fun as she demonstrated a balance of information needing to be presented while allowing our creativity to come out as individual presenters. I highly recommend Antoinette to anyone looking for a goal oriented, highly focused, and high energy business leader.
Ms. Tuff has incredible vision and energy in her quest to support and advocate for people and the organizations they represent. We met on LinkedIn and the partnership has been phenomenal, fruitful and fulfilling. It's a joy to be connected with Ms. Tuff and you will enjoy the connection as well. Join her team! All are welcome