Tanarra is the Managing Director of Fjord in the Midwest. She is a product of a very eclectic background. She’s been a dancer, cook, event planner, designer and—most recently—a mother, and she credits all of these experiences for inspiring her and informing the way she works at Accenture 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 it’s not her “taste.”
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 a studio of more than 80 design professionals to change clients’ businesses and leave the world a little better than she found it. Hopefully.
Prior to joining Fjord, Tanarra has held leadership positions at agencies in New York and Chicago. She was the Sr. Director of Design and Development at Playboy Enterprises and spent 3 years crafting JetBlue Airways internal eLearning practice.
Her introduction to digital design was as a graduate student at UCLA where she sought to build upon her BA in English Literature from University of Illinois.
Tanarra is co-presenting with Tamar Manasseh.