Author | Entrepreneur | Educator
Carol Tonge Mack is the Founder & Chief Engineering Officer of Tonge Mack Enterprises LLC, Empowering Next Dimension Leaders, an organization dedicated to providing women and girls with the empowerment tools necessary to elevate and amplify their voices to the next dimension. As an educator, black feminist, and student advocate, she has been working for the past twenty years in higher education and began her professional career as an academic advisor at the University of New Hampshire. Carol believes in the power of “real” sisterhood and helping women recognize they are good enough, regardless if they are holding a broom or the gavel. Currently, she is an assistant dean at the University of Cincinnati, serving and empowering students from enrollment to graduation.
Carol received her bachelor’s degree in history from Middlebury College in Vermont, her master of arts in teaching, as well as a master of education in counseling from the University of New Hampshire. A native of the Caribbean island of Antigua, Carol grew up in the South Bronx, New York City; her extended family resides in Harlem, New York. She has two amazing children and is also married to an organic chemistry professor.
CAROL TONGE MACK
Chief Engineering Officer (CEO), Founder, Consultant
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
& ACADEMIC ADVISING STRATEGIST
Do you have the structure in place to help students succeed aftter enrollment?
Are your students THRIVING OR SURVIVING?
Have they selected the appropriate courses each term? I AM HERE TO HELP!
STAFF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Is your team built on a solid foundation of TRUST? I specialize in taking teams to the NEXT DIMENSION. Managers and Supervisors, how may I assist you?
COLLEGE PERSISTENCE & GRADUATION GURU
Is your retention rate in alignment with your graduation rate? I will help you increase your graduation rate while enhancing the students' experience!
WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT
Empower and advocate for women regardless if they are holding a broom or a gavel.
Regional, State, and National leadership roles including American Council on Education (ACE)
PARENT ENGAGEMENT EXPERT
College parents, does your student need academic guidance, better faculty engagement, and graduation advice? LOOK NO FURTHER!
I am a national and international speaker. I welcome the opportunity as a keynote speaker for graduations, conferences, workshops, and other life-changing moments. LET'S MAKE THEM MEMORABLE!
REQUEST THE AUTHOR
Thank you for taking the time to read my memoir (Being Bernadette: From Polite Silence to Finding the Black Girl Magic Within). I am available to have authentic conversations about my book upon request.
5 CORE VALUES
THE GOLDEN RULE
POWER OF SISTERHOOD
RESISTENCE & REVOLUTION
TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR WOMEN™ EMPOWERMENT GUIDE
This unique women’s empowerment guide is designed to support women as they develop their non-negotiable and uncompromising core principles. There are so many rules which were not created by or for women; nevertheless, we comply without asking questions. It is time we break the cycle and create our own guidelines and core values. Are you ready to be emancipated from the imposed principles of others?
The decision is yours!
PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS & PRESENTATIONS:
Ten Commandments for Women™ Empowerment Series: Five-week workshops
Introduction to Black Women Studies: Surviving Superwoman
American Council on Education (ACE) Women's Network Ohio Conference
University of Cincinnati, African American Cultural & Resource Center
University of Cincinnati, Black Feminists Symposium
In her memoir, Carol Tonge Mack takes us on a journey from a small town in Antigua, to the streets of the South Bronx, to private college life in New England, to a career in academia in her wonderful memoir, ‘Being Bernadette: From Polite Silence to Finding the Black Girl Magic Within’. From the opening of Carol’s memoir to the final pages, you see a life that has endured the challenges of not only being an immigrant to the shores of the U.S., but specifically as an immigrant who is also black and female.
The title of the memoir is telling in that we see a girl taught to be respectful of tradition and of others, and how this upbringing morphs into a way of enduring the sudden confrontation of being ‘American’. Once in the U.S., this upbringing becomes a mode of survival until Mrs. Tonge Mack learns the realities of what it takes to actually make it as a black female immigrant in a world that sometimes views her with skepticism and sometimes, even downright hatred. In all, Carol’s memoir is told with love, humor, wisdom and most of all a sense of endurance—the kind of endurance endowed by the magic of being a black woman.
Middlebury College, Vermont
University of Cincinnati Library
University of Cincinnati, African American Cultural & Resource Center
Book Clubs (Ohio, New York, California)
University of Cincinnati Academic Advising Association Conference
Best of Books Bookshop, Antigua (Caribbean)
College Courses: Her memoir has been used in Women's, Gender, and Sexualities Studies, and may be used in other college courses, such as Africana Studies, Caribbean Studies, and courses related to the cultural experiences of immigrants in the United States.
High Schools: The memoir comes with an Ohio Learning Standards aligned curriculum guide. The curriculum is perfect for juniors/seniors English/African American Literature courses
IN DEPTH ON INCLUSION:
ENDING POLITE SILENCE
University of New Hampshire
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WE ALL HAVE BEEN SILENT FOR TOO LONG.
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TIME'S UP ON POLITE SILENCE!