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Talisa "Tali" Lavarry


Talisa “Tali” Lavarry is America’s Anti-Racism Coach and the founder and owner of Morale First (formerly known as Yum Yum Morale), a workplace diversity, equity and inclusion consultancy.
Following the release of her Best Selling Book Confessions from Your Token Black ColleagueTedX Seattle Women released her debut TedX Talk, appropriately titled
Your Journey to True Allyship
In addition, Tali is a Keynote Speaker,  and a proud member of the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business Alumni.
Tali serves as a designated Equity Coach & Consultant for JustLead WA. and has been featured in Forbes, NY Mag & CNBC to name a few. She is also a proud contributor to “Ask an Expert” by Harvard Business Review Morale First (formerly known as Yum Yum Morale)
I am a Black woman from Louisiana with more than one story. In addition to my stories, I have real-life experience and the awareness that I speak for countless marginalized groups and people worldwide. There has never been a more pertinent time for leaders and individuals to seek guidance in anti-racism. I have been told that while I’m easy to talk to, I’m brutally honest. I’m optimistic about meeting my clients where they are and offering them substantial transformation. One-on-one coaching with a black woman about your propensity to subconsciously utilize white privilege, count on white solidarity, and become overwhelmed with white fragility will not be easy. It will be beneficial, life-changing & an opportunity for introspection like you have never had before. Consider this a personal invitation to work with me. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

How The Process Works


No Judgement Zone

  • My undivided attention.

  • No judgement zone.

  • Unless directed toward me, I will never take your statements personally.

Radical Honesty

  • My honesty, even if it could potentially hurt either one of us.

  • My best efforts when it comes to making you better.

  • A commitment to continuous learning and growth, acknowledging that the journey to anti-racism is an ongoing process.

​Back By A Guarantee

  • A willingness to be wrong. I too seek to learn.

  • A guarantee that you will grow exponentially.

  • You may quit the program at anytime with zero penalty.

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Is This Style of Coaching Approporate for You?


Do you feel some resentment when someone suggests that the onus is on you to make the difference that’s needed in today’s corporate environments?

Would you benefit from sharing situations with someone and having them give you honest feedback on how you may have come across during those situations?

Do you feel like you may come across awkward or offensive when diversity, equity and inclusion is mentioned in the workplace?

Are you interested in managing a real, professional relationship that gives you insight into how to respectfully get to know and fully accept a marginalized person?

Are you constantly second guessing your thoughts and wondering if they are potentially “racist”?

Do you find yourself wanting to avoid talking about race when it comes to your employees?

Would you benefit from having a place to go and discuss your inner thoughts without the risk of offending someone or getting into an altercation?

Do you believe that setting aside time and making a commitment to grow in this area would be beneficial to you and your employees?

Are you ready to embrace new challenges, supportive motivation and consistent accountability

Things to Consider


US companies allocate substantial resources to address diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues, evidenced by the staggering $8 billion spent annually on DEI training. However, despite these efforts, the $60 billion poured into discrimination lawsuits underscores the ongoing challenges and the urgent need for more effective strategies and solutions.

Research shows that Black women have less access to training, have received less mentorship and sponsorship, and have less frequent opportunities to interact with senior leaders.As a result, while only 21% of C-suite leaders in the US are women, only 4% are women of color, and only 1% are Black women.

More than $17 million has been paid to victims in settlements over a period of 20 years (1997 to 2017) related to sexual harassment, discrimination and other workplace harassment issues according to 2017 data released from the Office of Compliance.

Systemic racism is real and should be understood by business leaders. Countless complex socioeconomic factors such as turmultuous childhoods, inequality in education, and inequalitly in healthcare just to name a few, continue drive today's employment disparities.

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