Tanaya Winder

Tanaya Winder believes in letting your heartwork lead you. She believes that everyone has a gift they’ve been placed on this earth to share and a fire they’re meant to ignite to help heal the world.

Topics

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion ▪Indigenous HeritageLeadership ▪Resilience ▪CommunicationPersonal Growth ▪Mental Health 

Keynotes

▪Words as Seeds
▪The Healing of Heartwork: Harnessing the Fire Within
▪Being Brave: The Power of Knowing Who You Are
▪Heartspeak: Honoring Your Voice
▪W(hole)heartedly

Tanaya’s Bio

Tanaya Winder is an author, singer / songwriter, poet, and motivational speaker who comes from an intertribal lineage of Southern Ute, Pyramid Lake Paiute, and Duckwater Shoshone Nations where she is an enrolled citizen.

She received a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of New Mexico. Winder’s poetry collections include Words Like Love and Why Storms are Named After People and Bullets Remain Nameless.

Tanaya’s programs blend storytelling, singing, and spoken word to teach about different expressions of love and “heartwork.” Her specialties include women empowerment, healing trauma through art, creative writing workshops, and mental wellness advocacy.

 

Promotional Materials

To help you promote your event with Tanaya, CAMPUSPEAK has created promotional templates you can use. In this folder, you will find resources for social media, a promotional poster for printing, and press photos you can use for your event.
Link to Promotional Materials

Logistical Materials

In-Person Event AV Needs (PDF)
Speaking Introduction (PDF)

 

Keynotes

Being Brave: The Power of Knowing Who You Are

What does it mean to be “brave?” How do we incorporate those characteristics in a culturally responsive way? In this talk, Tanaya Winder guides students through what it means to honor our vessels with a “six directions” mindset, connecting our emotional, physical, mental, social, spiritual, and environmental selves. Through storytelling, Tanaya will offer tips on put that honor into practice by walking students through what it means to embrace resilience.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • grounding techniques that tap into the strength and resilience of Indigenous communities,
  • how to activate mindfulness in your everyday life, and
  • how to expand on our understanding of bravery and fear.
Heartspeak: Honoring Your Voice

Tap into your strength and rediscover how powerful you are when you combine your purpose with passion. In this keynote, award-winning poet, recording artist, and activist, Tanaya Winder will share her inspirational journey of finding her path to art which includes changing her career goals from becoming a lawyer to becoming a poet. Tanaya has a unique background in spoken-word and performance, and has studied with such luminaries as Gabrielle Calvacorressi, Eavan Boland, Joy Harjo, and Li-Young Lee. Around the world, she helps writers find the courage to speak. Audience members are sure to be inspired to embrace the way creativity shows up in their everyday lives.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • the importance of accessing your most authentic voice, and
  • the significance of heartspeak in honoring your life’s path.
Words as Seeds

How do words shape and mold us into the people we become? When we think of words as seeds, we become even more aware of the intention behind words that are planted with positivity and those that cause harm. In this keynote, Tanaya Winder will walk us through a garden of a lifetime of seeds planted both in her lifetime and intergenerationally as an Indigenous person. You’ll hear the struggles of seeds that never blossomed and the celebration of the seeds that burst through barriers. Tanaya’s testimony on the power of words and their impact on our spirit’s traumas and triumphs. Audience members will leave this keynote feeling recharged and ready to crush whatever challenges come their way.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to apply storytelling methods in your life,
  • how to examine the inequities that have impacted you,
  • the importance of being grounded, and
  • how to identify ways to plant seeds of positivity in your life.
W(hole)heartedly

We continually try to exist, live, and love in a world that doesn’t always reciprocate or show its love for us. So how do you show up knowing your strength, creativity, and overall well-being are crucial to your continued growth? In this keynote, Tanaya Winder will guide us through what it means to show up authentically and w(hole)heartedly by learning to un-learn unhealthy coping mechanisms; learning how to turn past historical, ancestral, and personal traumas on their heads, upside down, and inside out to then lift it up as something changed and transformed. Tanaya emphasizes the importance of making time to check-in with yourself as a revolutionary act of self-love. Audience members will be revitalized to show up fully and w(hole)heartedly each day in this journey of life.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • techniques for filling your cup,
  • the importance of gifting yourself time to assess and harness your energy, and
  • how to build your capacity for self-love.
The Healing of Heartwork: Harnessing the Fire Within

In this keynote, Indigenous storyteller Tanaya Winder will talk about the significance of “heartwork” and how embracing that heartwork can be life-changing. Through stories, Tanaya will provide insight into the importance of revisiting our pasts in order to ground ourselves so that we can navigate our futures. You’ll learn more about the power of words and their ability to empower us to honor our heartwork through empathy, compassion, respect, reciprocity, and love. The Healing of Heartwork weaves together experience and lessons that built a person and asks the listener to do the same: search for building blocks and burst through barriers. Audience members are sure to leave this talk with their passion reignited.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • the concept of “heartwork” and identify ways you engage in practicing “heartwork” in your own work/profession/life,
  • how storytelling can be a lifelong processing tool, and
  • what it means to use your gifts to ignite sparks of healing in others.