EDUCATOR - LEADER - MENTOR - SPEAKER - AUTHOR
Mrs. Tajala “Taj” Lockhart is the Certified Hospitality Educator with a passion for training up our future youth and young adults and coaching adults through adversity by providing industry recognized certifications and trainings that provides them an opportunity to become successful independent citizens. Tajala is a newly elected Governing Board Member for Charles County Board of Education, CEO of TAJ Consulting & Events, Founder/Executive Director of Phenomenal Young Women, Inc a 501©3 Nonprofit, Best Selling Author and Associate Professor for the Hospitality, Tourism & Culinary Arts Department at Prince George Community.
In 2020, Tajala was awarded Woman of Virtue Walking in Excellence, Entrepreneur & Women in Business, Nonprofit Star by National Nonprofit Minority Association, My Sister’s Keeper Award 2019 by The Sisterhood of Southern Maryland Organization, awarded ACHI Nonprofit Executive of the Year 2019, nominated for ACHI Women of Achievement 2019, recognized as one of 16 Faces of Influence 2019, two Executive Citation’s from Anne Arundel County Executive 2019 & 2020, and awarded Entrepreneur of the Year Nonprofit 2019.
Tajala is a native of North Carolina but currently resides in Maryland with her husband and daughter. She graduated from Wake Technical Community College in 1998 with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management. In 2016, she obtained her Certified Hospitality Educator Certification recognized by the American Hotel & Lodging Association at Penn State University. She had a successful career in the Hospitality Industry for 26+ years, now owns TAJ Consulting & Events which focus on training and developing the workforce in the surrounding communities. She teaches other people how to achieve the same success through Personal Branding, Understanding Your Why, and building strong interviewing skills and resumes. TAJ Consulting & Events trains up our future, coach adults through adversity, and create memorable events for our clients.
Due to the pandemic, we had to pivot and expanding our offerings due to our industry being impact the hardest. We are now offering Creative Solutions Coaching services to upcoming authors, authors, co-authors, and entrepreneurs to identify creative solutions to monetize and showcase their products and services. Creative solutions that drives results and income.
Certified Hospitality Educator AHLEI
Certified ServSafe Instructor/Proctor NRA
Certified Customer Service Trainer/Proctor NRF
Certified Guest Service Gold Instructor AHLEI
Healthcare Hospitality Specialist, HH
Certified Wedding Consultant, ACPWC
Awards & Recognition
My Sister's Keeper Award 2019
ACHI Nonprofit Executive of the Year 2019
Nominated ACHI Women of Achievement 2019
Honoree 16 Faces of Influence 2019
Entrepreneur of the Year Nonprofit 2019
Women In Business International Award 2020
Women of Virtue Walking In Excellence Award 2020
To empower and develop clients to become valued candidates which encourage businesses,
colleges, and leaders throughout our region to invest in their success and our program so we can be amongst the top leaders in building our communities and
workforce. To create memorable experiences through our spirit to serve.
To become the Hospitality Industry Leader in quality training by developing strong and dedicated hospitality students, candidates, and employees to ensure excellence by offering industry recognized certifications. In the course of achieving these objectives we train our clients so that they are well respected throughout our communities and the workforce.
Hospitality is the Spirit and Passion we deliver to whom we serve!
Tajala Battle-Lockhart, CHE