Tanya Barnett is a proud disabled Air Force veteran. She is an energetic speaker, marriage advocate/coach, talk show host and the “Real” Wife Coach. She is the Award-Winning Author of Being a Wife Just Got Real: Things I Wish I Knew, Before I Said, “I Do”. She founded the Real Wife Movement™ to equip women with tools for creating strong marriages and families.
Through her weekly talks show, The Tanya Barnett Show, she provides impactful information to empower women to live life to their fullest potential in their relationships and in their businesses. She’s spoken on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, N.A.A.C.P. panels, Congressional Black Caucus panels, Huffington Post, Blacks In Government, etc.
She is the founder of Forever Free Books (FFB). FFB is a 501(C) (3) mobile literacy nonprofit which primarily services children in low income areas. Their motto is “take the books where the kids are”. FFB takes books and story time to low income communities to encourage reading for pleasure in kids who do not have access to books. To date, her nonprofit has given over 11,000 books to children from Washington, DC to Los Angeles and as far as the Bahamas and India.
Through partnerships with other community organizations, FFB develops programs to decrease the achievement gap between low income and other children through literacy events. Some of their community partners are Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Magic Johnson Foundation, Kiwanis, etc. FFB is a licensed vendor with Charles County Public Schools, which enables them to take free books into Title I schools for children to take home for ownership.
Tanya also founded Tanya’s Xchange to empower and encourage women who are living with hair loss and the self-esteem issues. In October 2015, she held the 1st Annual Embracing My Baldness Conference as an avenue for women to share their hair loss journey and to connect with others who looked like them.
Tanya is a member of the Education Committee of Charles County NAACP, member of the legislative committee of the People For Change Coalition and a member of the DC-Metro Black Child Development Institute. She is an American Graduate on Maryland Public Television.
In 2016, she receive the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., Gamma Chapter: “Power of She Community Servant Award”. In 2015 she received the Governor’s Citation for Outstanding Community Servant and (two) citations from Maryland State Delegates for Outstanding Community Service from the work of her nonprofit. In 2015, she also received the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Tau Lambda Lambda Chapter, “Charles County Citizen of the Year Award” as well as nominations for the 2015 Southern Maryland Women’s League “Community Contributor Award” and for the 2015 Black Celebrity Giving “Rising Star Nonprofit Award”.
Tanya’s philosophy is to live a life of service and to daily improve at least one person’s outlook on life with encouragement and support. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Social Science from University of Maryland, University College. She is a 2x marathoner and a 2x triathlete. She and her husband Don have three awesome children.