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WINSTON-SALEM, NC – After a career of breaking down barriers and blazing trails, there is a lot to learn from Winston-Salem State University Director of Athletics Tonia Walker. The opportunity will get much easier very quickly as she will be featured in an upcoming book, Women Who Lead: Extraordinary Women with Extraordinary Achievements, written by Dr. Sharon H. Porter.wssu tonia walkerWalker

“I am honored to have been asked to share my professional story alongside 19 other women across the country and across varied career fields who are doing amazing work! As women, it’s our responsibility to reach back and pull other women along.” Walker said. “It’s our duty to pour into rising stars and prepare them for the journey to lead. My story is one of faith, hope, and perseverance over adversity. It is my hope that it will be insightful, inspiring and motivating to all who read it, however, if it touches only one person, I’ve made a difference.”

The book will be an anthology with 20 contributing authors who are all described as high-caliber women who lead. With nearly 20 years of experience in athletic administration, including over four years as the Director of Athletics at Winston-Salem State University, Walker fits the bill for the book and will share her story in an effort to inspire others through her message. During her career, she has earned several honors, including being named the Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association (CIAA) Athletics Director of the Year, the 2016 NACWAA Division II Administrator of the Year, the NACWAA Nell Jackson Award Recipient, and the CIAA Senior Woman Administrator of the Year in 2004, 2006 and 2012.

As a contributing author, Walker will have a customized cover and proceeds from the book will be directed to the WSSU Department of Athletics, specifically to women’s teams.

Walker will be interviewed on Monday, October 16th for a podcast by author Dr. Sharon H. Porter. The podcast will be made available on

Dr. Porter is an author of The Power of Networking: How to Achieve Success with Business Networking and an anthology Next in Line: The Voice of the Assistant Principal. Her second collaboration book Class of 2017: What’s Next.


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