Nominated for the award: Entrepreneurship and Business
Company: TIEJA Inc. Communications
Position: Founder + Communications Strategist
Biography: Tieja MacLaughlin is a sought-after public relations, crisis management and brand consultant who works with individuals, executives and businesses to craft compelling stories, generate headlines and handle media scrutiny. Tieja’s background in media and communications, combined with her personal and lived experience, has bolstered her natural ability to strategize and equip clients to effectively communicate their desired message. In 2017, Tieja founded her namesake communications firm - the first and only of its kind in North America to integrate restorative justice techniques into the practice of issues management. Tieja has worked with a variety of clients including business owners, c-suite executives, athletes, actors, first responders and military personnel, and has made a name for herself with her compassionate yet no nonsense approach. Tieja's insights and expertise have appeared in numerous publications and in the media, where she has lent her voice to topics such as entrepreneurship, digital literacy and restorative justice. Tieja is very involved within her community and volunteers with many local organizations. She is most passionate about championing criminal justice reform.