Dr. Tana Joseph has stargazed across the world. Meeting fellow scientists, learning new languages, and making sure her passport doesn’t get too full have kept her busy all while running her company AstroComms and conducting scientific research. With such a robust and active life, we wanted to learn more about what keeps Tana grounded so that she can continue reaching for the stars.
Who is Dr.Tana Joseph?
Since falling in love with the beauty and vastness of space as a young girl, Tana was determined to land amongst the stars herself. With a naturally curious and scientific mind, Tana was a problem solver, eager to learn and discover new answers and possibilities. Becoming an astrophysicist has introduced Tana to diverse and life-changing experiences traveling the globe.
Tana founded her company AstroComms in 2018 to level the playing field in the world of STEM. AstroComms takes a DEI-focused approach to improving the culture and practices in the sciences. She explains how a core part of her joy and teachings encourages her clients to follow “Bayesian Statistics” by honoring their own innate wisdom and curiosity as observers of everyday life. By holistically approaching science, we can develop and broaden our own understanding of the world around us.
Tana also travels the globe, attending and speaking at conferences as well as consulting with fellow scientists and CEOs from around the world.
Creating a Healthy Work-Life Balance
Since the pandemic, life has changed drastically for many of us. With worldwide shutdowns, CEOs and employees alike have had ample time to consider important improvements that inspire a more sustainable future. More resources and tools are becoming available to ensure that more of us can prioritize our health and well-being in the midst of so much complexity and change.
Tana enjoys her free time, thanks to a flexible lifestyle. By choosing to remain single and child-free, along with enjoying remote four-day work weeks, Tana can readily prioritize herself and her passions. With most of her spare time going to travel, DEI work, and astrophysics, she understands that it would be very difficult to juggle those deeper relational commitments. Although we honor mothers and wives who are devoted to their loved ones, careers, and passions, Tana reminds her audience of young women, in particular, that it is important for each of us to live an enriched personal life of our own. She advocates for each of us to: “Know that you are enough. Know yourself, your privileges, shortcomings, and biases. Honor yourself and give yourself and others the grace to take up space.”
As Tana creates space for herself and for others who are socially marginalized, it is clear that she is dismantling a system that spans across cultures and classes. With so much at stake, it has been essential for her to remain empowered, flexible, and graceful towards herself and others. Tana expresses herself with a quiet and regal confidence.
She boldly recognizes and embodies the idea that being considered a “minority” holds great power. The minority is often the most striking part of a whole. Tana shows us that using your voice and your own unique perspective in any space opens the door to a world of possibilities.