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About the Author
Tonia’s life is a perpetually unfolding success story, thanks to 3 things: communication, passion and faith.
As a teenager she realized she loved to speak and her effectiveness as a communicator was a key to opening doors and achieving success. Her passion for speech communication fueled her pursuit of a dual B.A. degree in Speech Communication and Political Science from Pepperdine University. She originally thought she would be a lawyer, but God had other plans in mind. Tonia decided it was time to leave Southern California and went on to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Speech Communication from the University of Georgia. Currently, she is completing a Ph.D in Communication at Georgia State University. Tonia has taught Public Speaking, Business and Professional Communication, and Voice and Diction for various universities.
Today as the founder and CEO of Pala Communication and a professor of Speech Communication, she uses public speaking, classroom instruction and training to empower college students, entertainers, and professionals to reach their goals. The demand for these services prompted the formation of Pala Communication, a training company that empowers professionals to attain new heights by improving verbal communication skills was founded. Pala Communication has helped individuals who are leaders in business, media, and entertainment to improve their communication skills.
In 2007, Tonia hosted the “Expressively Speaking Radio Show” on WATB 1420AM. In 2008, Tonia began television taping as one of the host for the “Women of Destiny” show which airs on Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting network. The “Women of Destiny” show empowers women in every area of their lives.
Tonia’s first book, Changing Lanes: A New Adult’s Guide to Understanding Your Lane in Life was completed in 2005. Introducing this book, which helps college students and young adults answer the question, “What am I supposed to do with my life?” has been a blast. Changing Lanes is available in independent book stores in Atlanta and on the Internet via Amazon.com, Borders and Barnes and Noble. Her latest book THE ONE will be released early 2009.