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knows firsthand the demands of business and the value of being flexible to satisfy specific needs and schedules. As such, the training is built around the evolving needs of organizations and individuals.

Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Tamara Abney professional empowerment was built around a singular purpose—to help individuals and organizations overcome the all-too-common barriers to success through specialized, world-class professional development training. 

The training is designed to improve critical soft skills, instilling confidence, poise, and etiquette for key business scenarios to empower individuals to succeed at the highest level. In other words, Tamara Abney brings out the best in you, so you can bring out the best in your business—and your own career.



How we Work

  • Tamara Abney works with both employers and with individual professionals 

  • Coaching is conducted efficiently in groups, and is also available on a 1:1 format 

  • Course content is built around the identified skills and traits shared by highly successful business leaders—the core skills that every professional needs to get noticed and to outperform competitors 

  • Content can be tailored to the unique needs of an entire organization, a team, and to individuals  

  • Tamara Abney often works as an extension of an employer’s Human Resources/Professional Development departments, providing training not otherwise available on a University level, including training new recruits

  • Specialized training and seminars can be built around important pieces of business or to maximize success of internal teams 

  • Tamara Abney can prepare professionals to conduct business locally or abroad in foreign environments

  • Tamara Abney is available to work with universities and colleges in assisting students to prepare for their next phase of life after graduation

Let us empower you and your organization to foster stronger business relationships, increase profitability, and build a stronger team.

Tamara Abney is the leader and founder of Tamara Abney professional empowerment  (formerly Ivy Crown Protocol & Business Solutions). 


When it comes to business, Tamara Abney gets it. She has 20+ years of experience in the corporate training, corporate relations, hospitality & tourism, sales & digital marketing, and business development arenas. Her qualifications as a training specialist are unsurpassed.

  • Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis on Employee Relations, Robert Morris University

  • Certified Intercultural Etiquette & Protocol Trainer, The Protocol School of Washington 

  • Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP), by the National Association of Workforce Professionals

  • Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) by the Events Industry Council 

  • Certified Association Sales Executive (CASE), by the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) 

  • Certified Digital Event Strategist (DES), by the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)

  • Executive Education Certificate in Hospitality & Tourism Management, Florida Atlantic University

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate, University of South Florida Corporate Training and Professional Education


Tamara’s intercultural knowledge gives her clients the edge they need to build better local and international business relations. For her clients, this translates into greater business opportunities.


Tamara is the current Chief of Staff at Entrepreneurs Forever and most recently held the position of Senior Manager, Business Solutions at Per Scholas, where she lead Employer Relations efforts and served as Professional Development Coach for the Pittsburgh Campus. She has also served as the Director of Multicultural Sales for the Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau and National Sales Director at Visit Pittsburgh (Greater Pittsburgh Convention and Visitors Bureau).

Community service is a large part of her life. In 2015 she founded SisterFriend, Inc. a Pittsburgh non-profit organization dedicated to supporting women’s health initiatives. Tamara is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and a Sustaining member of the Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. She is the current Mrs. Pittsburgh International 2024 and is the former Mrs. Pennsylvania America 2022, placing in the top 6 at the National Pageant.


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Tamara is available for media appearances, conferences and speaking engagements. For more information, please email her by using the button below.

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