Tina Guillot is an inspirational and humorous speaker and trainer and also provides speech-writing and coaching services through her privately owned business. She is a professional emcee and a certified trainer and life coach with the John Maxwell Team. She has 30 years of experience in the corporate world as a technical writer and document control manager and is a contributing writer of “101 Great Ways to Compete in Today’s Job Market.” Just prior to opening her business, she spent nine years as the Program Controls lead for the Submerged Roads and Paths to Progress programs, dedicated to repairing the Federal Aid eligible roadways in Southeast Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina.
Tina is a graduate of John F. Kennedy Sr. High School in New Orleans and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management and Organizational Communication from Concordia University of Wisconsin, Summa Cum Laude, and is currently working on a Master of Education in Career and Technical Education from Concordia University of Portland. She is an active member and former officer of the St. Bernard Parish Business and Professional Women’s organization. She is also active at her church, Grace Lutheran in New Orleans, where she and A.J. are members of the Evangelism Committee and she serves on staff as the Media Director for the congregation.
Tina has been a member of Toastmasters International, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals grow in their communication and leadership skills while improving their self-confidence. Over the past six years she has served in multiple officer roles and earned many educational awards, including the organization’s highest honor, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). She has also received seven consecutive Triple Crown awards and was named the District 68 2011-2012 Area Governor of the Year, the District 68 2012-2013 Division Governor of the Year, the District 68 2014-2015 Toastmaster of the Year, and the District 68 2017-2018 District Executive Committee (DEC) Member of the Year. She is the founding officer and a charter member of Chalmette Toastmasters and is currently serving as the club’s Vice President of Education. She’s also a member and President of Celebration Kenner Toastmasters, a mentor to Cox NOLA Toastmasters, and an advisor to UNO Toastmasters. In May 2016, Tina was elected to serve as the 2016-2017 District 68 Director. District 68 includes approximately sixty chartered and provisional clubs in southwestern Mississippi, Louisiana, and Beaumont, Texas. As the district’s director, Tina was instrumental in leading the District to “President’s Distinguished” status for the first time since 1999. She remains involved as a Past District Director supporting the overall efforts of the DEC.
She has been married to the love of her life, A.J., since 1983, and they were blessed to adopt two sons, P.J., born in 1992, and Joshua, born in 1999. The family has faced many challenges over the years. In 2011, P.J. was in a tragic accident and suffered mostly 3rd degree burns over the majority of his body. He was hospitalized in a burn unit for nine months, during which time Hurricane Isaac destroyed the family’s home in Braithwaite, Louisiana. In August 2018, A.J. was diagnosed with kidney cancer and was in the hospital when P.J. passed away (this was following a fourteen-year struggle with drug addiction). All of these events have inspired Tina to speak and write on faith, perseverance, and (more recently) grief.
Tina’s greatest personal desire is to add value to others by sharing her stories and experiences. She notes that in the words of her mentor, Dr. John C. Maxwell, she wants to “make a difference by doing something that makes a difference with people who want to make a difference at a time that makes a difference.”