Best-Selling Author & Former VP of Talent and Development at Comedy Central
“Ahead of her time…she sees the future a little bit.” –Oscar Winner Jordan Peele
Once best known as the Executive in Charge of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning show, Key & Peele, Tara Schuster turned her struggle with chronic anxiety and depression into a best-selling book and a mission to help others. Her humorous takes on taking charge of one’s mental health—always backed by empowering action steps—have won praise from readers ranging from Wharton professor Adam Grant to Academy Award-winner, Anjelica Huston and best-selling author, Glennon Doyle. InStyle, People Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Goodreads, Buzz Feed, Goop and many others have chosen her memoir as one of the best new books of 2020. Read More >
Feeling overwhelmed, or just "not yourself?" Anxious about returning to “normal” post-COVID? You’re not alone. Things like returning to the office — or simply returning to in-person interactions — can spark anxiety and dread for some. Tara Schuster comes to the rescue! Tara knows first-hand what it's like to move forward with the aftershocks of trauma, stress and chaos. Sharp-witted and disarmingly funny, she shares practical tools and relatable stories that will help you to re-ground yourself by bringing increased self care and mental wellness into your life. Tara takes you through easy-to-implement practices that have helped her readers from across the globe bring self-awareness and stability into their daily lives. With a focus on managing anxiety, finding a physical ritual to cultivate joy, and making gratitude a pillar of your emotional health, Tara’s approach will leave you feeling renewed, energized, and ready to face the “new old normal” on your own terms.
We are living in unprecedented, unpredictable times where the stress of everyday life and work can feel overwhelming. Even under these chaotic circumstances, we can still maintain our inner peace, stability and build resiliency. In this essential and timely talk, Tara Schuster shares the keys to developing a life-changing self-care routine. Customized to fit the needs of a range of audiences, Tara helps participants find more joy and fulfillment in their life, work or studies. Read More >
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It’s a mistake to think of teams as external groups that we must assemble, fix, and make better. After overseeing some of the most successful shows in Hollywood, Tara Schuster knows that the secret to building a successful team begins with you. Are you the teammate that you most want to work with? Are you doing what you can to help others build upon their strengths? Do you know how to best attract team members who add value? Or the tools to deal with tense relations between team members? Championing the view that building a team is the responsibility of its membership, not just its leaders, Tara provides eye-opening insights and invaluable tools. Read More >
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Get ready for a “light bulb moment” that will leave you set up for lasting change. In her most popular talk, Tara Schuster examines the “Frenemy Within,” a super critical inner assassin that is always looking to tear you down. Drawing from her best-selling book, Tara shares the tools she has learned to create an effective counterattack. Her inspirational wisdom empowers audiences to be the hero/heroines of their stories—not the victims. Read More >
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Discussions about the challenges that women face in the workplace usually begin with the common complaints that women have. Unfortunately, they usually end in useless hand wringing and zero solutions. Not this talk. Tara Schuster begins by sharing some of the most difficult moments in a storied career that took her to the heights of the entertainment industry. Then, she invites audiences to share their own experiences. Drawing on this intimate discussion, Tara walks the group through how to tap into their power to overcome issues such as not being heard in the workplace, hiring practices that seemingly favor men, and finally, how women can support each other instead of tearing each other down. Read More >
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Deemed a “veteran television executive” by Hollywood Reporter, Tara Schuster worked for years helping prestigious artists like Emmy winner Keegan-Michael Key and Oscar winner Jordan Peele clarify and amplify their voices. Drawing on her experience of developing and helping to create Emmy and Peabody Award-winning television shows, Schuster offers her hilarious insights into what can stop us from employing our most authentic voices and how we can overcome those hurdles. Using real life examples from her time in Hollywood and her experience writing her own best-selling memoir, Schuster offers funny, concrete tips and lessons on how anyone can find their most authentic voice.
As women, we often fail to realize our worth and what we can bring to the table. Especially at work, we can be blind to our own strengths, letting fear of rejection and insecurities silence us. Yes, we all have great potential, but we too often hide behind our fears and our thoughts of not being good enough—allowing these thoughts to hinder us from becoming our best. No one knows this better than Tara Schuster. In this empowering and inspiring talk, Tara shares her own personal experiences and shows women how to not only overcome these fears, but to discover their wings. She shows how to silence our fears, tap into hidden potential, explore new opportunities and stand firm with confidence. She also evangelizes the importance of women supporting women, calling on all of us to be an uplifting source of encouragement and empowerment. By lifting ourselves and each other up, we’ll not only discover our wings—we’ll fly higher than anyone ever thought possible!
"I had the pleasure of bringing in Tara to empower a group of high school girls from around the world. She so easily connects to her listeners with hilarious stories of her personal experiences, and concrete tools to becoming the best version of yourself. Tara was a breeze to work with and lights up a room, or in our case a Zoom conference, every time she speaks. Her work inspires self-reflection and confronting that pesky Frenemy Within to better understand personal goals, values, and finding your inner cheerleader in a way that leaves you wanting more. Weeks after our session, I’m still getting messages from participants about Tara’s impact and the actions the girls are taking to be more self-confident, bad-ass leaders in their communities. We’ve already made plans to bring Tara back to connect with more of our network!"
"When Tara started talking, I thought, 'Yes! Someone who is really speaking in a way these kids can understand.' Tara was relatable, very fresh, authentic, and humorous in a way that truly resonated with both the students and adults in the room."
"I have to wonder what my life would have been like if I’d had a friend (or imaginary friend) like Tara Schuster when I was in my twenties. Her candor and sincerity are unimpeachable. The lessons she’s extrapolated from her unsentimental education are compelling, persuasive, and useful no matter where you are in your life."
"You’re going to want Tara Schuster to become your new best friend."
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