Social Responsibility Speaker

Tanya Quinn, Founder of Small Actions Greater Good

Passionately Inspiring and Supporting Small Business Owners to do More Good that Benefits Their Business, Inspire Others, and Amplifies Their Purpose

About Tanya

Tanya’s always had an overwhelming need to see the bigger picture – to know how her efforts and energy in life were contributing to something more.

To fill a gap that she saw between large corporate programs and small business opportunities, she founded Small Actions Greater Good to provide Social Responsibility inspiration and support to Small Business Owners who, like her, want to contribute to the greater good while also contributing to their business growth and profitability.

She’s a passionate speaker who inspires Small Business Owners to do more good while also providing practical tips and resources to help make their efforts easier and more effective (i.e. contribute to their business growth).

After 20 years of experience in Corporate America, she’s comfortable presenting formal training to a large room of students, teaching a hands-on workshop, casually presenting a topic during a lunch event, or discussing a topic with an in-person or online host.

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Round Table / Social Responsibility Speaker at AltSummit 2020

What Are You Interested in?

Signature Talks

Get Out Of Your Own Way – Stop Believing the Myths That Keep You From Doing Social Good (Or More Social Good)

There are 6 very common myths about Small Business Social Responsibility that prevent most owners from doing social good, or more good, through their businesses:

1. A business can’t be both profitable and do good.

2. Social responsibility only applies to Corporations or Large Businesses. 

3. Social Responsibility is not worth it for Small Business Owners.

4. Social Responsibility doesn’t apply to MY Small Business.

5. Social Responsibility is too hard for Small Business Owners.

6. Why bother? As a Small Business, my efforts will barely make a difference.

During this keynote, Tanya addresses each of these common myths, discusses how they often prevent Small Business Owners from embracing Social Responsibility, and presents an alternative truth for each myth.

Accepting the new truths empowers Small Business Owners to let go of what’s holding them back and start doing easier and more effective social good (that also BENEFITS their business). Let’s change the world together!

Recommended audience

Small Business Owners who care about the world around them. The topic will apply to those unfamiliar with Social Responsibility and those already doing good. 

Key Takeaway

Small Business Owners leave knowing, without a doubt, that they can do good through their business if they CHOOSE to. No more excuses holding them back!

Recommended Format

Keynote, Plenary, Breakout, or Guest Speaker (~30 minutes)

This talk can be also extended by 20-30 minutes to provide 3 concise recommendations for what to do next for Business Owners who are 1) just getting started, 2) already doing some good, and 3) want to take their efforts to the next level.

If You Don’t Benefit From Your Social Responsibility Efforts… Don’t Do Them! (You Can Be Philanthropic In Your Own Time)

Small Business Owners rarely make business decisions that don’t benefit their business. Would they hire an employee who can’t do the job they need them to do? Of course not.

And yet, when doing social good (or social responsibility), very few business owners consider, yet alone plan for, how their efforts are connected to and can benefit their business.  

In this keynote address, Tanya tells a story about an IT company making a difference in the world through building houses.  Sounds great, right?

Well… maybe not. 

She then uses this story to illustrate and discuss the 5 key elements that must be considered to make social responsibility EFFECTIVE.  


Recommended Audience

Small Business Owners with some familiarity with or interest in Social Responsibility or as a follow-up to the above keynote, Get Out of Your Own Way.  

Key Takeaway

Attendees will learn why it’s important to connect their social responsibility efforts to their business and how to start planning their efforts better. The 5 key elements are an introduction to the content in my Small Actions Framework detailed training course. 

Recommended Format

Keynote, Plenary, Breakout, or Guest Speaker (~45 minutes)

Educational Courses and Workshops

Doing Good is Good For Your Business – How Social Responsibility Can Help Grow Your Business AND Do Good in the World.

Doing good AND growing your business are not mutually exclusive. In fact, Small Actions Greater Good believes they should be purposefully intertwined.

During this formal training class, Small Business Owners will:

  • Learn the background and intention of Social Responsibility and how Corporate Responsibility programs don’t easily work for their business.
  • Find out why it’s so important for them to be a part of this growing (and rewarding) movement.
  • Explore how doing good can and should benefit your business (including addressing common myths, objections, and mistakes).
  • Get innovative ideas and examples of how to do good as a Business Owner, whether they want to start small or jump in with both feet.

As a workshop, additional guidance and time will be given for participants to create ideas to start Social Responsibility or to evaluate an existing action.

Recommended Audience

Small Business Owners who want to get started doing more good through their business (or are only taking occasional action).

Recommended Format

Breakout Session, Guest Speaker, or Workshop (~60-minute presentation / ~90-120 minute interactive workshop)

How to Make Your Social Responsibility Efforts Easier and More Effective (As a Small Business Owner)

Doing social good through your business, i.e. being a socially responsible business owner, is FABULOUS. However, if you aren’t being EFFECTIVE with your Social Responsibility efforts, you are wasting your time as a very busy Small Business Owner. 

During this formal training class, Small Business Owners will:

  • Find out what it means to make your social good efforts EFFECTIVE and why this is important for your business (hint, it’s about making sure the efforts also benefit the business).
  • Learn how to more easily determine what actions to take, keeping in mind that every business owner is differs in their approach.
  • Receive tools to modify existing actions and plan future actions to make them more effective.

As a workshop, additional guidance and time will be given for participants to dig into one of their existing actions and then discuss and evaluate improvements with others.

Recommended Audience

Small Business Owners who are doing social good but want to expand what they do AND benefit from their actions.

Recommended Format

Breakout Session, Guest Speaker, or Workshop (~60-minute presentation / ~90-120 minute interactive workshop)

Keeping Social Good In Mind When You Start or Manage a Business

Educating up-and-coming Small Business Owners and Leaders is a very important mission for Small Actions Greater Good. This course is intended to introduce students to Social Responsibility and how they can start off their business with the social good in mind.

During this formal training class, students will learn:

  • Three different business structures that can be used to do social good and how they vary.
  • Background and intention of Social Responsibility and how it’s been embraced by Corporate America.
  • Five most common myths that often prevent Small Business Owners from embracing Social Responsibility.
  • Different options for doing good and how these efforts can benefit a business.
  • How and why it’s important to make these actions effective.

Recommended Audience

Undergraduate and graduate business school students.

Recommended Format

Guest Speaker (~60-minute presentation)

Casual Conversations
(Podcasts, Panels, and Fireside Chats)

Tanya loves to talk about ALL things social responsibility. She’s comfortable having casual and interactive conversations with hosts during podcasts or being a guest as part of an expert panel or a one-on-one fireside chat. She can answer questions about or discuss the formal topics above (but in a casual setting) or participate in unscripted, flowing conversations about Small Business Social Responsibility in general.

Some additional topics for consideration for your podcast, panel, or chat include:

  • How and why Small Business Social Responsibility (SBSR) differs from Corporate Social Responsibility. Tanya believes this so much that she wrote her own definition and unique approach to SBSR.
  • Whether Small Business Owners “should” be socially responsible. And it’s not what you think…
  • How doing social good is SO MUCH MORE than most people think it is. Hint, it’s not just about recycling more or volunteering some time.
  • How social responsibility has been proven to benefit a business and what that means to your business.
  • What it means to make your social responsibility efforts EFFECTIVE.
  • How to improve your specific social responsibility efforts (meant for a real case scenario discussion with the host or a guest).  
  • Why there are four different levels of Small Business Social Responsibility in the Small Actions Framework, how they differ, and why it helps to understand this for Small Business Owners.
  • How to take a strategic approach to Social Responsibility (there are two related but different paths).

What People Are Saying

“Tanya and her training is a big ‘Yes!’ Her message – inspiring and relevant. Her presentation skills – articulate, engaging, and welcoming. Her professionalism – a dream come true.

Tanya’s webinar for our regional business development institute turned out better than imagined. People loved it! (So did I) I highly recommend Tanya and Small Actions Greater Good.”

Joy Taylor

Online Learning Specialist, Women’s Business Center at JEDI
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Online Training Couse Presented to the Women’s Business Center at JEDI (2019)


Roundtable Speaker at AltSummit 2020


Keynote Speaker at The Exceptional Woman Tour 2022

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