Managing Director, Fjord Central
As the Fjord Central Lead (inclusive of the Chicago and Austin Studios), Tanarra’s unique approach is a product of a very eclectic background. She makes the most of her time as dancer, cook, event planner, instructional designer, and executive producer inspire and inform the way she works at Fjord every day. Agility, discipline, perseverance and performance were a focus of dance; cooking taught her the value of authenticity and how to lead with craft in service of others to build community; and through event planning, she learned to be prepared, to check everything twice, and to bring other people’s visions to life – even when she disagrees. From her early days in organizational learning, she strives every day to learn something new, challenge herself, and to build learning environments for teams and clients sitting at the intersection of design and business.
Tanarra’s first professional design gig was an internship at the Beit Hashoah Museum of Tolerance, designing experiences for children too young to visit the core exhibits. Now, years later at Fjord, she uses design every day to lead teams and change clients’ businesses — as well as the world — for the better.