Meet Dr. Tamara Wilkerson Dias

Dr. Tamara W. Dias, the founder of Good Soil Education, is dedicated to redefining personal wealth for families and communities through deliberate conversations and education on financial health. Headquartered in Virginia and having a nationwide reach, she has become a beacon for individuals who are determined to build wealth. Besides her work in financial coaching, Dr. Dias’s background includes consulting and training corporate and nonprofit teams on building thriving companies, enhancing workplace culture, and improving employee retention. Her experience spans large consulting firms, startups, and nonprofits, providing her with a unique perspective on financial empowerment. 

Beginning her professional path in the realm of K-12 education, Dr. Dias set a precedent as the trailblazing Executive Director of the African American Teaching Fellows, making history as the youngest to serve in the role. Her stewardship was a catalyst for transformation, driving the organization to disburse over $1.5 million in educational programs and scholarships, while achieving an 89% success rate in retaining educators. A trailblazer in education, she has worn many hats, from classroom instructor to school principal, consistently championing the advancement of others toward their professional aspirations.

Dr. Dias’s academic journey includes a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Linguistics and a Master of Teaching in Foreign Language Education from the University of Virginia, alongside a Doctor of Education in Leadership from Morgan State University. She also earned a Financial Social Work Certification, equipping her with a unique blend of skills to empower her clients in their financial journeys. 

Recognized for her remarkable contributions, Dr. Dias’ accolades include Forbes 30 Under 30, Charlottesville Daily Progress’s 10 Under 40, and the prestigious Woman of Excellence Award by the Charlottesville Chamber of Commerce. In March 2024, she also received the inaugural Woman of Excellence Award from Congresswoman Jennifer McClellan.  

Beyond her professional endeavors, Dr. Dias is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a board member of the Virginia African American Advisory Board, and she leads the DEI Committee of the Junior League of Charlottesville. Her life, career, and spiritual outlook are encapsulated by her favorite scripture, Ephesians 3:20, which reflects her belief in the boundless potential within everyone to live a richly imagined life.