/CEO - Founder
Tameka Cooksey Horton is a vibrant, tenacious Oklahoma native now residing in Atlanta, Georgia. During her young adult life, she discovered her passion of helping others achieve their dreams. Tameka devoted much of her time to the founding and building of the Oklahoma City Youth Council (operated by Eagle Ridge institute), participation in the Young Peoples Division of Avery Chapel Church, and holding the Captain and Co-Captain position of her high school cheerleading squad and tennis team, respectively. Additionally, her participation in several local pageants afforded her the opportunity to share her platform of youth leadership. Tameka was Miss Black Oklahoma City in 1997, and voted Miss Popularity in the Miss Black Oklahoma state pageant that same year. She was also 1st Runner Up for Ms. Alaraf Temple #20 in 1998 and 1st Runner Up for the NuVista Debutant Pageant in 2000. Also, Tameka volunteered at Planned Parenthood in Oklahoma City sharing abstinence training with other young adults and was active in the OKC NAACP, Senior Class Vice President, NEHS Student Council, ROTC Battalion Commander, and President of the African American Cultural Society.
Tameka migrated to Atlanta and attended Spelman College, studying Sociology. While at Spelman, she was the membership chair for the NAACP, Founder of the AUC Oklahoma Club, active in Sassafras (Sociological Anthropological Sisterhood: Scholar Activists for Reshaping Attitudes at Spelman), Miss Chi Chapter for Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., and a cheerleader. During her collegiate years, Tameka was a weekly columnist for The Ebony Tribune, a newspaper for the Oklahoma City metro area. Her column was entitled, "Soul Food" and the writings were inspirational devotionals catered towards youth and young adults. She also wrote the monthly "Refresh" column in the magazine, Breath of God, a section that was also catered to youth and young adult females. After college, Tameka founded Authentically U! personal assistants, a firm that assists companies and high profile individuals with acquiring personal assistants and organizational management. Tameka also began a career in legal marketing through one of her AUPA clients and flourished in that position as well. She was on the leadership board of the Atlanta City Group of the Legal Marketing Association in 2009-2010 and was selected to co-chair the Future Leaders Round table committee in 2011. Tameka discovered a love for social networking in this role and has become an expert at managing various social media accounts for companies and individuals alike. She implements social media campaigns that acquires targeted followers, generates leads to increase the company's bottom line and increases exposure and a positive reputation for her clients.
Additionally, Tameka is a graduate of Point University (formally Atlanta Christian College) holding a degree in Business and Organizational Leadership. Her community involvement includes Executive Correspondence Secretary and Social Media Specialist in The Metro Atlanta Club of NANBPWC, Inc. (National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc.), GABWA (Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys) and NAPW (National Association of Professional Women). She is Executive Secretary and PR Coordinator for The Ladies Board - Atlanta, as well as a charter member of the organization. Recently, Ms. Horton was appointed to the National Executive Board of the NANBPWC as its National Registrar. She also volunteers at The Hammonds House Art Museum, The King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and former Youth Ministry Director at New Generation Baptist Church.
In 2011, Tameka founded The DADPR project, an initiative that works to educate, advocate, and bring awareness to the issue of parental rights for fathers from the women who have been effected by this injustice. (www.DADPRproject.org)
Recently, Tameka was honored with the 2014 "Black Women Rock" award presented by the CDC chapter of Blacks in Government.
Tameka credits her loving parents, brother, nieces and nephew, grandparents and entire extended family for contributing to who she is today. Her foundation, strongly rooted in family and faith, has helped shape her into the woman God has created her to be.