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HIGH PROFILE: Tjuana Byrd, new president of Women's Foundation of Arkansas

By Helaine Williams

This article was originally published March 11, 2018 at 4:30 a.m. Updated March 12, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/JOHN SYKES JR. "Advocacy for kids, that's what matters the most to me. That's, I think, the most impactful work that I've done because they, so often, don't get a say. They are either born into or subjected to traumatic circumstances that they should never have to be exposed to."

“I just remember that feeling of empowerment, walking out of that room, being in there with all of these women from all kinds of backgrounds — profess...

Self-Portrait

Tjuana Cynese Byrd

Date and place of birth: July 30, 1967, Fayetteville, N.C.

Fantasy dinner guests: Barack and Michelle Obama; the cast of the movie Black Panther; Jamie Foxx; and Nia Long

Most people have no idea that I: was once in a Wendy’s breakfast commercial.

My sorority sisters refer to me: As Byrd.

Currently reading: What Doesn’t Kill Us: The New Psychology of Posttraumatic Growth by Stephen Joseph.

Despite recent headline-making strides women have made, we still need work in the areas of: Closing the gender pay gap, female political representation, female leadership in business.

My most challenging role was: Being part of the Riverfest Committee [referring to the longtime Little Rock music festival, suspended last year but recently resurrected]. Typically, I go to bed early, but not during Riverfest. I really needed another whole day to recover after breakdown and pack-up.

One piece of advice I’d give in a note to my younger self: I know you only make $15,000 a year, but start investing now, girl, because compound interest is amazing!

It is very important to me to: Protect the energy in my space. I try to surround myself closely with positive people who spread love and light. I just don’t have the space for much negative energy.

One word to sum me up: Secure.

Slim, chic and soft-but-firm-voiced, Tjuana Byrd emanates a warmth that is not diminished by her calm, cool demeanor and enviable poise. She's the embodiment of the empowered woman that the Women's Foundation of Arkansas is working so hard to replicate throughout Arkansas.

“I just remember that feeling of empowerment, walking out of that room, being in there with all of these women from all kinds of backgrounds — profess...

Self-Portrait

Tjuana Cynese Byrd

Date and place of birth: July 30, 1967, Fayetteville, N.C.

Fantasy dinner guests: Barack and Michelle Obama; the cast of the movie Black Panther; Jamie Foxx; and Nia Long

Most people have no idea that I: was once in a Wendy’s breakfast commercial.

My sorority sisters refer to me: As Byrd.

Currently reading: What Doesn’t Kill Us: The New Psychology of Posttraumatic Growth by Stephen Joseph.

Despite recent headline-making strides women have made, we still need work in the areas of: Closing the gender pay gap, female political representation, female leadership in business.

My most challenging role was: Being part of the Riverfest Committee [referring to the longtime Little Rock music festival, suspended last year but recently resurrected]. Typically, I go to bed early, but not during Riverfest. I really needed another whole day to recover after breakdown and pack-up.

One piece of advice I’d give in a note to my younger self: I know you only make $15,000 a year, but start investing now, girl, because compound interest is amazing!

It is very important to me to: Protect the energy in my space. I try to surround myself closely with positive people who spread love and light. I just don’t have the space for much negative energy.

One word to sum me up: Secure.

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Print Headline: Tjuana Cynese Byrd; A lawyer actively engaged in anything and everything she does — and she does a lot — Tjuana Byrd is the new president of the Women’s Foundation

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