Renegade Conversation with Tia Upshaw

Tia Upshaw is an author, serial entrepreneur, mentor, motivational speaker and more. We recently sat down to have a Renegade Conversation that was heart warming, inspiring, fun and authentic.

Tia Upshaw is a dynamic force, blending roles as a devoted mother, accomplished author, and serial entrepreneur. Balancing the demands of raising three children, Tia says she draws inspiration from their experiences to fuel her drive for positive change.

As an author, Tia empowers readers with her insightful and thought-provoking works. See the list of resources below for links to Tia’s three books.

Her entrepreneurial spirit is characterized by relentless drive and innovation. She has birthed several successful ventures and contributed significantly to community growth.

Recognized for leadership, Tia has been nominated for prestigious awards like Business Leader of the Year and RBC Woman of Influence.

As the Professional in Residence at the Saint Mary’s University Arthur L. Irving Entrepreneurship Centre, she mentors aspiring entrepreneurs, shaping the future of business leaders. Tia’s commitment extends to her ground-breaking organization, ‘Blk Women in Excellence NS & BC,’ fostering a supportive community for Black women.

Join Tia and me (Meryl Cook, host and creator of Renegade Conversations) for this Season Two, Episode 9. Learn Tia’s advice for aspiring renegade women, what kind of a kid she was in grade two, and what question she had for me at the end of the conversation.

Tia is drinking Starbucks iced coffee with two shots of espresso in her trademark pink mug.


Resources mentioned in this episode:

Blk Women in Excellence NS & BC

The Way to Success: The process of starting or growing a business as a Black woman entrepreneur. by Tia Upshaw.

Urban Dreams Unleashed by Tia Upshaw.

My Journey, My Success: A story about resilience and empowerment  by Tia Upshaw.

Arthur L. Irving Entrepreneurship Centre, Saint Mary’s University.

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Guest Tia Upshaw



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Meryl Cook, host and creator of Renegade Conversations


Editor Hamza Latif

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