Tianna Soto

Tianna Soto is a Puerto Rican, Jamaican-Chinese storyteller who empowers students to care for their mental health and wellness and face the college journey with confidence. Her work is heart-centered, service-driven, culturally-informed, and rooted in empathy.

Topics

▪Mental Health ▪Women’s Empowerment ▪Health & Wellness ▪Self-Esteem ▪First-Generation Students

Keynotes

▪Stress, Success, & Duck Syndrome
▪Living Between Worlds
▪Boost Your Happiness
▪She Who Runs With Wolves

 

Tianna’s Bio

Tianna is a writer, speaker, and educator based in New York City. With expertise in psychology, mental health, and wellness, Tianna is dedicated to empowering college students to face their journey with clarity and confidence. Her work has been featured by The United Nations Foundation, To Write Love On Her Arms, Facebook, Her Campus, Yoga Girl, and Thrive Global, among others.

As a Puerto Rican, Jamaican-Chinese woman born and raised in the south in a family of New Yorkers, Tianna understands what it’s like to exist between worlds. She encourages students to honor their personal narratives and the qualities that make them unique while sharing practical guidance for mental health and wellness. Her work is heart-centered, service-driven, culturally-informed, and rooted in empathy.

Tianna holds a Master of Arts in Psychology in Education from Columbia University, where she graduated from the Spirituality Mind Body Institute (SMBI). She holds a BA in Psychology and BA in Spanish Language & Literature from NC State University. Additionally, she is an RYT-200 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher and mindfulness facilitator who supports diverse clients through her 1:1 coaching practice.

Over the years, I have learned so much from Tianna — most importantly, how to delicately balance a busy life schedule without losing your sense of self. Tianna has this remarkable ability to make everyone around her feel safe and heard. I am forever grateful our paths crossed

Georgina

North Carolina State University

Our org at Facebook loved having Tianna speak with our team. The hour was spent discussing research, theory, and common myths around happiness followed by engaging exercises that helped us increase our positivity and happiness. We loved the reverse bucket list and gratitude visit exercises! Tianna is thoughtful and grounding. Her calm, yet confident demeanor made for easy listening. Hope to have her back in the future.

Sarah Dunn

Event Specialist, Facebook

Keynotes

Stress, Success, & Duck Syndrome

All-nighters, jam-packed schedules, and overflowing cups of coffee. It’s no secret that being a college student these days can feel overwhelming. As the first in her family to attend college, Tianna knows what it’s like to juggle multiple majors, roles, and responsibilities while secretly struggling with anxiety, burnout, and perfectionism. One day, she discovered a term for what she was experiencing — “duck syndrome” — a common phenomenon where college students appear cool and calm on the surface while paddling hard underneath.

Tianna’s journey to self-care began during her senior year of college when she learned to overcome duck syndrome through holistic wellness. Since then, Tianna has been on a mission to connect with students and ensure that they’re equipped with the knowledge, tools, and resources to navigate the ups and downs of college life. In this program, Tianna teaches students how to care for their mental health and wellness through a holistic lens, and offers practical wisdom for how to navigate the college journey with clarity and confidence.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • What duck syndrome is, and how it may be hindering their mental health & wellness
  • How to recognize signs of duck syndrome when they arise
  • Tangible wellness tools to combat stress, anxiety, and burnout
  • How to reframe their idea of success and navigate college with clarity and confidence
Living Between Worlds

As a Puerto Rican, Jamaican-Chinese woman born and raised in the south in a family of New Yorkers, Tianna understands what it’s like to exist between worlds. Apart from being a multiethnic woman, she has also existed between many worlds and professions, like music, mental health, media, and advocacy. Time and time again, Tianna has discovered that the more we embrace and celebrate our unique identity, the greater opportunity we have to serve others.

Regardless of your background or upbringing, exploring identity is a key part of the college student experience. It can often be the most challenging aspect of navigating college life, with the rise of important questions like “Who am I?”, “What do I stand for?”, “What kind of life do I want to lead?”. When you feel empowered to explore your personal story and can celebrate who you are, you give others a safe space to do the same.

In this program, Tianna invites students into her world as a person with multiple intersecting identities while encouraging students to reflect on their own personal narratives. Through storytelling, a touch of humor, and a warm, encouraging tone, Tianna inspires students to explore their personal identity, celebrate the journey, and feel confident in their unique strengths.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Why it’s crucial to reflect on their identity, especially when it feels uncomfortable
  • How addressing identity and personal narrative can transform the college experience
  • How to thoughtfully explore conversations around identity with friends, family, and peers
  • How to explore, write, and share their personal narratives in a way that feels authentic and empowering
Boost Your Happiness

When asked what they want out of life, many people will say “I just want to be happy.” But the truth is, there’s seldom a roadmap for how to get there. Happiness itself can feel like a cliche — it sounds amazing in theory, but what does it actually look like in practice? How do you go from surviving, and barely going through the motions of life, to thriving and experiencing true happiness?

For college students, this journey can feel particularly tough. With a brand new environment, evolving social circles, and constant pressure to perform well, it’s easy for students to lose sight of their well-being as they simply try to stay afloat. Happiness can feel challenging, even unattainable, as they navigate the highs and lows of college life.

Luckily, a roadmap exists — and it’s practical, fun, and backed by science. Positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment. If you can learn to harness the power of these five elements, the possibilities are endless for your long-term happiness, well-being, and resilience. This is positive psychology, and this is the science of happiness.

In this interactive program, Tianna shares how the positive psychology movement can help college students go from barely surviving to thriving so they can truly enjoy their college experience. Through experiential activities that demonstrate the power of positive psychology, Tianna inspires students to engage with the science of happiness to feel confident, aligned, and empowered.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • The history and science behind the positive psychology movement and how it can help students thrive, not just survive
  • The five core elements of psychological well-being (PERMA) and how each element can lead to long-term happiness
  • How practices like gratitude, mindfulness, reverse bucket lists, and character strengths can boost confidence, happiness, and resilience over the long term
  • How to uncover meaning in everyday life and start living passionately with purpose

 

She Who Runs With Wolves

Within every woman, there is a powerful force of passion, intuition, and wisdom. Over time, during our pursuit of accolades, achievements, and status, it can be easy to lose sight of that power. As a result, we may feel anxious, unfulfilled, or even depressed. As women, how do we reground, reconnect, and regain confidence in ourselves? How can we start to amplify our authentic voice, and start living in alignment with our true selves?

Tianna’s wellness journey began in college when she learned to overcome stress, anxiety, and burnout through practices like yoga, mindfulness, and meditation. Over the years, she has supported countless women in their journey to self-confidence and empowerment. If your campus or organization is looking for a speaker to make an impact on college women, this program is for you.

Utilizing her expertise in mental health, psychology, and holistic wellness, Tianna teaches college women strategies for amplifying their voices and cultivating confidence in conversations, relationships, and moments of decision-making. Inspired by the “wild woman” archetype in Jungian psychology, or “the woman who runs with wolves,” Tianna empowers women to feel confident and aligned in mind, body, and soul. During this program, Tianna leads attendees through profound writing and reflection exercises to help them express themselves authentically.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Techniques for cultivating confidence in personal and professional life
  • Tangible exercises for connecting with the mind, body, and soul in everyday life
  • How to release the pressure of perfection and embrace the inner “wild woman” instead
  • How embracing you inner “wild woman” can help you gain clarity and confidence throughout the college journey