Tonya Echols

Tonya Echols, M.A.

Section Leader


Program: Online MBA

MA, Organizational Leadership, Gonzaga University
BS, Business Administration, University of Tennessee

Area: Leadership

Expertise: Leadership & Organizational Development Communication, Behavior Styles Digital Media, Technology Accounting & Finance

Tonya Echols is an award-winning international Executive Coach, Leadership Development Consultant, Educator, and Founder/Managing Principal of Vigere, which was selected as one of the Top 20 Leadership Development Training and Coaching companies for 2022.

Tonya has almost 30 years of experience in corporate management, digital and traditional media, technology, finance, coaching, leadership development, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She works with numerous organizations across various industries, including Fortune 500 companies. Tonya applies her diverse professional background to connect with her clients by drawing on her real-world experience of successfully leading large teams and addressing various management challenges. She helps her clients move forward to find actionable human-centric solutions that will allow them to accomplish their goals and become impactful transformational leaders and organizations.

Tonya is a doctoral candidate in Leadership Psychology at William James College, holds a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University, and is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Tennessee in Business Administration-Accounting. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credentialed by the International Coach Federation (ICF), of which she is a Director of the Professional Coaches Global Board. Tonya is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Tonya is a faculty member and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Strategist for the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). A contributing member of the Forbes Coaches Council, she is also an Executive/Leadership Coach for the TED Fellows Coaching and Mentoring Initiative and a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Her writing has been featured in several publications, including Forbes and HuffPost.