B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L.™ Founders Drs. Tina Woodard & Zenobia Edwards are Co-Founders and of I Am, Inc., an award-winning nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering self-esteem and developing leadership skills in girls and women of all ages and stages. Zenobia and Tina are biological sisters who were inspired by their parents, retired school teachers, to invest their time, talent, and treasure in developing youth. Today, Zenobia and Tina both work in education and are passionate about “Empowering Girls and Women to Live B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. Lives…Inside & Out!”
Tina Woodard, Ed.D., PHR
Dr. Tina Woodard is President and CEO of Capstone Performance Solutions, Inc., a human resources, talent management and leadership development consulting firm. She is a dynamic, accomplished and experienced human resources leader who has versatile experience in directing strategic talent management, learning and leadership development, as well as human capital strategies for over 20 years in higher education, government and manufacturing sectors.
A talent management subject matter expert, Dr. Woodard has designed, developed, and facilitated numerous management training, leadership development, succession planning, executive development, and mentoring programs. She has held key leadership roles at Fortune 100 global corporations, large government agencies and in higher education at the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
Dr. Woodard is a highly sought after speaker, thought-leader, consultant and executive coach. She earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master of Human Resource Development degree from Clemson University. She also earned a doctorate with honors in education at the University of Georgia. Dr. Woodard holds a Professional in Human Resources certification (PHR) from the Human Resource Certification Institute. She holds a certificate in Local Government & Executive Management from the University of Georgia. Dr. Woodard’s research in strategic talent management has been featured in the National Association of College and University Business Officer Magazine as well as at national and regional conferences.
As a passionate advocate for the success and well-being of youth, Dr. Woodard co-founded and is the CEO of I Am BEAUTIFUL, Inc., an award-winning not-for-profit mentoring and leadership development organization dedicated to fostering self-esteem and building leadership skills of girls and women.
Dr. Woodard was awarded the Women Putting Their Stamp on Atlanta Award by the United States Postal Service, honored with the Heart of Giving Award by Phi Phi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and recognized among Unsung Heroines by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter for her work with I Am B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L.
Dr. Woodard enjoys reading, playing piano, and participating in various sports. She resides in Gwinnett County, Georgia with her husband and two beautiful daughters.
Zenobia C. Edwards, Ed.D.
Dr. Zenobia Edwards is the Director of Darlington County Intervention School (DCIS), the alternative school of Darlington County, SC. As the founder and lead administrator of this program, Dr. Edwards is responsible for appropriately staffing the academic and behavioral initiatives; establishing and maintaining community partnerships; developing and maintaining parent education and student recognition programs. DCIS serves students from middle and high schools in the county in grades 6-12.
Dr. Edwards has nearly 25 years of educational experience with 23 of those years in leadership positions. Her educational journey began as a high school science teacher at James, F. Byrnes High located in Duncan, SC. Here she taught physical science and biology to students of varying academic capabilities. She quickly advanced to a leadership role as a high school assistant principal at Darlington High School in Darlington, SC. Her primary responsibilities in this role were focused toward ninth graders – the largest class in the high school. During that time Dr. Edwards facilitated the development and implementation of a program specifically for at-risk students, Saving Our At Risk (SOAR). Through this program, many overage 9th graders were able to get extra academic assistance and earn extra units needed for graduation. She also developed a mentoring program for 9th grade girls called, “Distinguished Young Ladies”. This program featured cultural afterschool initiatives as well as career focused presentations from area women in leadership roles.
After three years as an assistant administrator, Dr. Edwards took on a challenging leadership role as the founding administrator for the first full day, comprehensive alternative school program in the district. She conceptualized and seeded this program from inception. Three years later, the program was recognized as a national model for dropout prevention by the National Dropout Prevention Center.
Inspired by her father, a lifelong science teacher, Dr. Edwards earned a B.S. degree in biology from Wofford College, located in Spartanburg, SC. She then went on to earn both an M.A.T in science and an Ed.S. in administration from Converse College, also located in Spartanburg, SC. Dr. Edwards earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She is a gifted singer and songwriter. One of her musical compositions, “Move Without The Ball”, an accompanying arrangement for a publication written by New York Times best selling author, Stedman Graham, was featured on a nationally syndicated radio show. Dr. Edwards also composed I Am BEAUTIFUL, the anthem of I Am B.E..A.U.T.I.F.U.L., Inc.
Dr. Edwards is a co-founder and volunteer for I Am B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L., Inc., a nonprofit organization focused on self-esteem enhancement and leadership development of girls and women. I Am B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L.’s programs promote positive social, emotional, ethical, spiritual, and intellectual growth and development. The word “BEAUTIFUL” in I Am B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. does not reference the traditional meaning of the word – because the cofounders believe that “beauty is much more than the things that you can see”.
As an executive leader of I Am B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. for over 13 years, Dr. Edwards has recruited and trained several hundred volunteers; co-managed executive board operations; developed and executed strategic plans; designed, developed, and facilitated program curricula; planned and implemented fundraising events; developed and executed marketing strategies; established numerous community and business partnerships; and served over 10,000 youth across the country through afterschool programs, camps, conferences, retreats, and workshops.
Dr. Edwards has previously served on the board of trustees for South Carolina Women’s Connection and the ECHO Foundation in Charlotte, NC. She is married to Dr. Gerard Edwards, her husband of 20 years. They reside in Florence, SC and are the proud parents of a son who makes them proud everyday.