tamala mcbath

Fabulous People: Tamala McBath

Tamala McBath is the brand new CEO of Dress for Success Phoenix. The nonprofit sets out to to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to thrive in work and in life. Learn more about Tamala McBath…

Hometown: Maryville, Tennessee

First job: Working for my father in the family dry cleaners business

Favorite ways to spend your free time in AZ: I was in the hiking club in high school. I still love to escape to the mountains just to reflect and feel connected to nature.

Your biggest accomplishment and why: I lost my mother at an early age, so raising my girls and watching them become young adults has been one of my most rewarding accomplishments. They are talented, driven, kind and concerned about the lives of others.

The biggest obstacle you overcame: Going through life as a young adult without my mother. My extended family surrounded and supported me, but the loss was still paralyzing at times. Eventually, I was able to channel my grief into action. I dedicate my work and service to others to my mom every day. 

Someone who inspires you and why: My family is my inspiration! I have the best family in the world! I have three brothers and an uncle who practically raised me. They have been my rock. Then there’s my Partner in Service…my husband and best friend. He inspires and encourages me to be a better version of myself every single day, and I love him for it. 

Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: A professor who I admired once told me to “always follow your glimmers.” Glimmers are the things that inspire us, capture our attention and ignite our passion. Embrace periods of transition, as the discomfort that comes with change encourages us to grow as people. Seek the opportunities that you don’t mind pouring yourself into; those are the most rewarding.

Favorite quote: “Nothing comes to sleepers but a dream.”

Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: I’m a weather fanatic. Once, for my birthday, my husband took me to the local TV station to watch the midday news show and meet the weatherman. It was so much fun! The confidence that comes with self-awareness, the willingness to be authentic, and a passion to serve. 

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