A Haitian-American entrepreneur, health and wellness ambassador, speaker, and author, who instills hope in and inspires others to step forward in their pursuit of living life after the bell.
Tamara's entrée in storytelling came when she realized that young mothers with diverse families needed a hopeful and engaging platform to educate and eliminate the stigmas around cancer. Surrounded by her daughters, the process of writing her first book 'Hair to the Queen!' is what gave her hope in her cancer journey.
Today, she continues to encourage conversations of hope among previvors, thrivers and survivors.
"Although my cancer journey is now a part of my life story, it is what happened after that makes me very proud," says Tamara. "I have established a voice in an area that needed a young, diverse and uplifting voice, and I have been able to inspire families and educators around the world to encourage them to discuss cancer with children in a different, well-informed way."
- Tamara B. Rodriguez
Written by Tamara B. Rodriguez and illustrated by Carole A. Smith, Hair to the Queen! is an illustrated children's book that empowers adults to discuss cancer with children in a simple, compassionate way. Discover Tamara's first book and more!
Hair to the Queen! is told in the voice of seven-year-old Corazon as she prepares for a costume party to celebrate her birthday. Corazon's mother is battling cancer and wears a wig after losing her hair. With the help of her father, sister, and friends, Corazon uses her birthday celebration as an opportunity to plan a special surprise for her courageous mom. Books are available multiple languages including English, French, Creole, and Spanish. To purchase, please visit our shop as well as at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Books and Books or ask your local independent bookstore.
From how to start up your own business to self-publishing to simply knowing how to balance it all, Tamara delivers impactful messages that instill hope and calls on us all to action. Tamara participates on various panels including conferences at universities and hospitals, live feeds, news segments and more.
"A friend of ours who is dealing with breast cancer was telling me how much Tamara's books have helped her and her kids (I gave them to her). She says they read them over and over and each time her daughters obtained a new level of calm and understanding."
- Edwidge Danticat,
the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club Selection
As an entrepreneur, Tamara is owner of EMCO, an accounting and finance firm consulting clients on strategic planning, business valuation and continuation as well as providing financial and accounting services to individuals and businesses. Tamara has also impacted disproportionate communities through her charitable contributions, philanthropic outreach and advocating awareness.
With developed techniques that allow for a work-life balance, Tamara has added executive producer to her portfolio with her most recent endeavor —Caribbean Cook-Out on the line-up.
Tamara's involvement in the community is geared towards living a full and well-balance life —authentically.
As an ambassador for brands and organizations that are aligned with her vision, Tamara maintains the importance of raising awareness authentically and keeping education, health and wellbeing at the forefront.
Some of the brands Tamara collaborates with include Nearpod,
Baptist South Florida and several op-eds for media outlets.
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Tamara B. Rodriguez speaks with Baptist Health South Florida about her experience as a young breast cancer survivor—how it changed her life and inspired her to help other families affected by cancer through her advocacy and her books.
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