Renée Walker bids TGIM “Farewell.”

Today I come to you with a saddened heart, but solemn gratitude in writing this announcement. As of Friday, October 13, 2017, I have decided to pursue other avenues in my writing career. My passion for writing comes from reading many books in my childhood. I still have the same adrenaline rush when I open a new book, which has the distinctive smell and feel that only true readers enjoy.

“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a book.” – J.K. Rowling

My passion for screenwriting has opened new doors for me.  We are currently filming a TV series that requires the majority of my time and attention. TGIM and Writing for the Soul Workshop will always have a special place in my heart. I would like to thank the amazing Eric Jones for giving me the opportunity to work with him. I value the teachings and the publishing experience I received. Eric is not only a creative entrepreneur but also a good friend.

I bid a farewell and great success for TGIM.

Renée Walker

Note from our CEO

I’ll never forget the day that I first interviewed Renée for the internship position as publisher with us. I knew then, that she would be a tremendous asset to this brand. What I didn’t know, was that she would leave behind a legacy. Literally.

Right after successfully completing her on-boarding and training, Renée went on to adapt our writing program for adults who wanted to share their stories with the next generation. We named it the Writing for the Soul Workshop™ Legacy Program. Under her care, the program went on to publish its first book entitled, ‘Timeless Memories‘.

Words can’t express how grateful I am to Renée for all she accomplished while with us, or how proud I am of her latest work as a screenwriter entitled: “Let The Church Say …” that will premier this Saturday during the Rack Focus Film Festival at The Texas Theater in Dallas.

Renée, I am forever grateful for all that you’ve done as publisher here at TGIM. You set a really high bar for our next intern. But, I’m most grateful for our friendship. Break a leg this Saturday! 🙂

 

Meet Our New Publisher: Renée Walker

TGIM Digital Publishing is happy to welcome the newest member of our team, Renée Walker! Renée joins the TGIM Digital Publishing family as our Publisher.  She brings to TGIM, a thorough understanding of technology, writing and editing. Her day-to-day responsibilities include liaising with our writers and book lovers, as well as developing and maintaining relationships with large retailers (such as Target, Wal-Mart, Amazon). Renée has already began the on boarding process to begin editorial work for titles currently in production. On average, her position is roughly 40% working with publishers/retailers, 35% marketing, and 25% editorial and client care (though that will vary throughout the year as demands change).

Renée has written and directed more than 10 stage plays. She recognizes the talent in young people and allowed them to showcase their talents in her first stage play, “Somebody Stole Christmas.” She is currently writing a novel based on her favorite series of plays, “A Blessing in a Storm”, “The Gift” and “Save by Grace.”

She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2016. Ms. Walker received an outstanding writer award from the local chapter of the NAACP in 2013. While participating in the Jubilee Theatre Festival “From the Page to the Stage,” her play ranked third in 2012. Ms. Walker was also an honoree at the African-American Honors Banquet in 2012. Not only is she an inspirational playwright; she also has a passion for technology and editing. Walker is a 20-year veteran in technology and customer service.

Renée stepped comfortably into her new position as publisher, and immediately contributed innovative ideas to help market, promote, and publish our authors in new and innovative ways, particularly given the changing digital landscape. She’s a big thinker who is also able to execute and keep an eye on the details. As her predecessor, I personally love this about her and it is a tremendous asset as a new member of our TGIM family.

Stepping down as publisher has given me the time and freedom I need as CEO and Program Developer of Writing for the Soul Workshop™ to fully engage and follow through on the duties required as such. As CEO of TGIM Digital Publishing, I put an emphasis on self-sufficient, forward-looking, entrepreneurial employees, who can work on their own without much supervision while also working seamlessly as a group. Our culture is collaborative, relaxed, yet professional.

This is an exciting time for us, as we work to expand our staff, and support our growing global customer base.  Recently, we filled the position of Community Coordinator in TGIM Africa. We are currently looking to fill positions for a Business Development Manager, and Community Coordinators here in the US and Australia. TGIM is a mobile brand, so you can set your own hours, and can work from the comfort of home.  These positions are perfect for college students, and stay-at-home care givers.

Renée was seeking something no amount of money, or milestone was able to fill. She found it here at TGIM. Is that you too?  Then do something different …do something amazing. Email us and request more information about the job opportunities we have available. Send your email to info@tgimonline.us or call us toll-free at: 855.377.TGIM. –Eric L. Jones, Sr., TGIM CEO

Meet Our Quality Assurance Manager: Gedalyah Yasharahla

“Quality is not an act, it is a habit.” Aristotle

When most business leaders think of Quality Assurance, they think of things like product testing, or unscheduled inspections.  In today’s new information economy, quality assurance is so much more.  When a program impacts the lives of our most precious resources, our children, it becomes imperative to have an uncompromising commitment to the quality of our program.

At TGIM, we believe that meeting the rigorous guidelines of our program is a non negotiable element.  We strive to ensure that everyone involved in our programs receives the same amazing experience, regardless of whether they access the program from their homes, their schools, or their community centers, whether in the US or abroad.  We have proven processes that deliver amazing results, when followed correctly.

The importance of the quality of our programming is a key reason that TGIM Digital Publishing created the role of Quality Assurance Manager.  Our program requires high standards, and ensuring these standards are met at every level is a cornerstone of our brand integrity.  As our Quality Assurance Manager, Gedalyah oversees all areas of company operations, assumes responsibility for company’s success and achievement of financial goals. He is also responsible for driving sales and business through development.

This is an exciting time for us, as we work to expand our staff, and support our growing global customer base.  Recently, we filled the position of Community Coordinator in TGIM Africa. We are currently looking to fill positions for a Business Development Manager, and Community Coordinators here in the US and Australia. TGIM is a mobile brand, so you can set your own hours, and can work from the comfort of home.  These positions are perfect for college students, and stay-at-home care givers.

Gedalyah was seeking something that no amount of money, or milestone was able to fill. He found it here at TGIM. Is that you too?  Then do something different …do something amazing. Email us and request more information about the job opportunities we have available. Send your email to info@tgimonline.us or call us toll-free at: 855.377.TGIM. –Eric L. Jones, Sr., TGIM CEO

Meet Our Director of People Operations: Michelle Bailey

People Operations is a department that is all about supporting the people who work for and with TGIM Digital Publishing.   While some companies use this description as a replacement for Human Resources, People Operations is much more than a “traditional” HR department. Of course, TGIM Digital Publishing is far from a traditional company; we are a completely distributed company with core and network team members located all over the world. Our People Operations department is focused on how our organization deals with all of the key components of our network, from our direct employees, to our Program Providers, Community Coordinators, Community Partners, Participants, and Affiliates.

As our Director of People Operations, Michelle will continue to expand our support structure that encourages our core values. We take an all-hands-on-deck approach to our work, taking pride in being collaborative, creative, and flexible while maintaining an environment that is supportive and nurturing.  Michelle comes to the role with over 17 years of leadership, management, training and operations experience in BPO.  Michelle has worked with numerous Fortune 500 and 100 companies as a leader dedicated to excellence in service and support.  Michelle previously served as Director of Operations at NCO Group (now Alorica) after serving as a Training and Quality Manager and Project Operations Manager.  Michelle is also a consultant with exceptional experience in leadership, management and employee development with a focus on the creation and support of strong, high functioning teams as founder and CEO of Simply Meechi.

Michelle brings a true passion for helping the youth of today overcome daunting odds through personal empowerment and belief that your current circumstances don’t predict your future results.  This is an exciting time for us, as we work to expand our staff, and support our growing global customer base.  Recently, we filled the position of Community Coordinator in TGIM Africa. We are currently looking to fill positions for a Business Development Manager, and Community Coordinators here in the US and Australia. TGIM is a mobile brand, so you can set your own hours, and can work from the comfort of home.  These positions are perfect for college students, and stay-at-home care givers.

Michelle was seeking something that no amount of money, or milestone was able to fill. She found it here at TGIM. Is that you too?  Then do something different …do something amazing. Email us and request more information about the job opportunities we have available. Send your email to info@tgimonline.us or call us toll-free at: 855.377.TGIM. –Eric L. Jones, Sr., TGIM CEO

Writing for the Soul Workshop™: My Dad’s Legacy

When I was a little boy, my dad told me that my very first words was “Daddy you bad”. When I was little, he and my mom split up. When he left, I kept everything he ever gave me in a shoe box. We moved around from place to place, and I’d always take that shoe box with me.

When I hit the age of 14 it was so bad living with my mom, that I had called my dad to come get me and he did. All of the things that I heard about him when I was a kid, didn’t even seem true when I came to live with him. I didn’t see this terrible gang banging, running the streets type of guy. I saw someone else.

Dad enrolled me in school, but didn’t know that I had been held back by two grades. He fought for me hard, and he didn’t quit until they tested me and put me in the right grade. That year, he encouraged me to play football. I didn’t think I would be good, but I was. I started as a Defensive Tackle, and that year we went undefeated for the first time in over 20 years. It was a great experience.

Tyler Football Photo
The last game of a perfect season.

When football season was over with, dad offered me a chance to join his writing program. After attending Writing for the Soul Workshop™ for only a couple of months, my reading level increased by two grades. Writing about what I wanted to, and getting the mentoring I did made me a better reader. The program did that for a lot of us.

Signing my first autograph in 2011 in a real bookstore was crazy amazing. None my friends and I thought that it would really happen when we submitted our stories, but it did. We made money when we sold our books, and I knew in my heart that what my dad had created was really special. What I didn’t know back then was all the pain my dad carried around from things that happened to him as a child. All of the guilt he carried around from his divorce.

When I turned 18, my dad took me out to eat. During our meal, he asked me, “Tyler, how many people in your life knows all of your secrets? How many people know everything about you?” After thinking about it, I said, “No one.” I was waiting for him to judge me or hit me with a lecture, but he didn’t. He said, “Son, I have men in my life that know all of my secrets. All of my triumphs and all of my failures. Secrets can keep a man sick. I been thinking. I want you to be one of the men in my life that knows all of my secrets. I want you to be one of the men that I can tell anything. All I ask is that what I share with you stays with you.” I was blown away, and honored that he chose me for this. I promised him that he could trust me. Then he showed me what trust really looked like. I had never seen a grown man make himself so vulnerable. Especially a man as big and strong as my dad. As I listened to some of the things he shared with me, I cried at the dinner table. I didn’t care who saw.

I never thought about all of the kids that shared stories in the program of abuse, neglect, rape, incest, cutting, murder and bullying just to name a few. I never realized that someone had to listen to those stories, and help those writers to find healing, forgiveness, peace and sometimes a safe place to live or food to eat. Kids like me got to get what’s on the inside out, but it was my dad that carried their pain around. That night, I saw a part of my dad that not many people get to see. I saw all of him.

From time to time, he would pull me aside to talk about what he was going through. For some reason I asked, “Dad, how do you deal with it all?” He told me that he writes a lot and that talking to men like me helped a lot. He went on to tell me that smoking marijuana was his biggest pain reliever. He confessed to me that when he went outside in the evenings that he would smoke pot to have an appetite for dinner, and to sleep at night. But mostly to help him hide all of the feelings of guilt and shame of having to raise us in a broken home so that he could function with me, my brother and sisters after work. The divorce damaged him.

Tyler takes control of TGIMDad knows that if I am to take command of TGIM as its new Chief Executive Officer, that there can be no secrets. He knew my first post would be rigorously honest, just like the foundation that Writing for the Soul Workshop™ stands on. When Dad vetted me for a seat on the Board and the position of CEO, he told me that I was the kind of man that he wished he was, and that TGIM deserved someone better than him to command it. I know he’s done some wrong in the past, and I’ll never judge him for it. I forgive him and hope that someday he will forgive himself.

When I look at the legacy he’s created and how it’s impacted so many lives, I still can’t believe that he’d hand it all over to me. Everyone that ever told him that he would never amount to anything …all lied. His life will continue to impact and make the world a better place for millennia to come. I will make sure it.

My Favorite Testimonial From Dad’s Legacy:

Hanging out with Gateway Youth
Nathan is pictured sitting next to my Dad in the black shirt and is published in Stories of Hope.

Dear Eric,

You’ve been there to help me spread my wings and further my talent. You’re like the dad that I’ll never have. I wish I knew you before this but I guess that’s dumb luck. You’ve helped me with trusting those who really care. I really appreciate what you do because you give us everything and expect the same from us. I honestly wish I wasn’t leaving and that your weren’t leaving because I love you as a friend, dad and a brother. Man dude I wish You and your kids the best of luck because in my eyes you’re a real, true, humble and honest man, and that’s what I like about you. You better never give up on doing this with everyone else.

Sincerely,

Nathan