Services Available

We help you tell your story, increase brand awareness and build a strong reputation through leadership and communications.

Coaching - Public Relations & Leadership

Everything that you do from here should be to build and grow your personal and business brand while establishing your thought leadership. We provide guidance and support to pitch yourself and your ideas for media, increase brand awareness and build a strong reputation. The L.L.E.A.D. the Way Coaching experience is for you. Click the icon to get started.

Speaking Engagements

Give her the mic and let her motivate your attendees and help them be the best version of themselves. Lived experience, resilience, professional experience, and various accomplishments make for great talks. She can speak to small, intimate groups or keynote large events. Click the icon to schedule a quick consultation and book Tonya.

Course: Lead With Your Brand

So you want media coverage? Before you start pitching, you must have a bold brand. It makes your PR efforts much more effective. Learn the essentials of a brand, why it's done prior to public relations outreach, and how or use it to get media. Click the icon to get the course.

Moderator / Panelist / MC

Tonya is your best choice for your social and business events, bringing out the best in each participant, speaker, and host. Tonya will make sure that the audience gets the most out of the day or session. As the moderator, Tonya will ensure that the speakers stick to the time, the right questions get asked and answered with the appropriate follow-up and bridge to the next portion of activity to keep the program flowing. She is available for event moderation or panel/session discussion. Click the icon to schedule a meeting.

Communications & Public Relations Consulting

As an expert in written and verbal communications, Tonya helps businesses and organizations improve their storytelling to connect products, services, and events to their target audience for earned media and strategic partnerships that increase brand awareness. She helps to implement the right platform and process to identify the target market, carve the message and customize the delivery of the content for maximum impact. Tonya can train marketing departments on developing and implementing strategic communication, PR, and branding strategies.

Blogging & Brand Collaborations

To increase brand awareness, Tonya partners with brands that embody family, fun, food, travel, and empowerment. Building a strong reputation for a brand requires increased exposure and messaging. Tonya helps to elevate brands for their target audience with increased visibility. This includes content creation, blogging, collaborations, and media outreach. Services are customized to fit the needs of the brand. Click the icon to schedule a call to talk about your needs.

Who is Tonya McKenzie?

Who is Tonya McKenzie?

As the founder of Sand & Shores, Tonya McKenzie brings more than 20 years of experience in media relations, marketing, and client relations. One of her first major professional accomplishments was raising over a million dollars to open a new YMCA in Northern California. She was named to her first County Commission for Contra Costa County and now serves as a Los Angeles County Commissioner of Alcohol and Other Drugs. Tonya launched Sand & Shores and published Real Estate Agent Magazine in 2016. She now hosts 2 successful podcasts. You can find Mrs. McKenzie highlighted in the book, "AMAZING MOMS: Parents of the 21st Century". She is the author of "A Child's Memories of Cartoons & Murder", a memoir discussing her own (adverse childhood experiences) A.C.E.s.  She is a graduate of California State University, Northridge where she was elected as a student Senator. Currently, Tonya serves as the Past President of the North Redondo Beach Business Association. She is the first African American woman elected to the Board of Directors of the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce, holds a seat on the Redondo Beach Police Department Community Engagement Board, and The City of Redondo Beach GPAC. She serves as the Vice President of Black Public Relations Society - Los Angeles and on the Board of Directors for Better Youth. Tonya was named as the Redondo Beach Woman of the Year in 2021 and continues to proudly serve her community, Los Angeles County, and the Culture.  Tonya McKenzie is available for speaking engagements, workshop moderation, training, and event hosting opportunities.

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