Tamara Quick MBA ’23 was contemplating her approaching 50th birthday when the pandemic hit.
She’d earned a law degree from the University of Alabama and worked as a special projects coordinator for the state’s governor. She’d gone on to become a celebrated legal advisor and leading sales executive for multinational media conglomerate Thomson Reuters. More recently, she’d survived thyroid cancer and begun giving inspirational talks at corporate events about positivity, grit, and resilience. She was also a fierce advocate for getting more women into top-level sales positions.
“I was thinking about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, about what I wanted my [professional] legacy to be,” said Quick, a mother of five who lives in Spotsylvania County.
Her previous aim was to move into upper management at Thomson Reuters. But those plans were put on hold when her son, a fifth-grader, was diagnosed with dyslexia in 2016. Quick soon found herself in a heated battle with public school officials over educational resources.
“He was reading on a first grade level,” she said. Teachers and counselors had given up on overcoming the deficit — they urged Quick to accept her son’s ‘cognitive deficiency’ as insurmountable. She rejected the advice.