We had the good fortune of connecting with Tionna Plummer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tionna, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When I was interning in Cape Town, I loved that I had the opportunity to help children in the hospital setting, however, many of their trauma or real problems wasn’t something I could fix in the day or two that they were in the hospital. That was when I came up with the construct of Novaturient Inc. A place and organization that focuses solely on addressing childhood trauma and being a direct outlet for those suffering to be able to come and receive the therapy and help that they needed.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am the founder and CEO of Novaturient Inc. Novaturient means desiring change for one’s life, and our organization focuses on healing after childhood trauma. I am most proud for creating an outlet for children. So many adults have gone through childhood trauma, and it has been untreated. Therefore, as adults we may develop or face challenges, and we do not understand that they come from trauma we experienced in our childhood. To have the opportunity to do something about it, and develop an organization that will help children while they are still young, so they do not have to face what so many of us went through. This journey hasn’t been easy at all. It has come with many challenges, it took me two years to actually get everything together. During that two year period, there were financial challenges, and doubts of if this was the right route for me, but I learned that I wasn’t quite ready for the role and still had some lessons to go through, and once it was time, everything fell into place. The biggest lesson I’ve learned along the way is that not everyone is suppose to be on a journey with you, and most of the time those people do not live up to the mission you’re trying to accomplish, they are just distractions, but once you get those distractions off your path, the journey becomes more clear. I want the world to know that this isn’t about me, it’s about a mission to hear voices that have been silenced for years. I was silenced until college, and even now sometimes struggle opening up about all of the trauma I actually endured. This organization is about our communities that are either ignorant, neglectful, or simply do not have the resources to understand, cope, and heal from traumas as a child.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I absolutely would take them to The Gathering Spot. I love the vibe and energy every time I go, whether to get out of my house and work, or to enjoy events, and their mission is so important to see and feel. The people are friendly and it’s always a nice time. I personally love to shop, and so Buckhead Village Distract is a place I love to go to eat or shop. The area is also beautiful for photos. Places to eat : Roc South Cuisine, 6 feet under, Top Spice Thai, American Deli Night Life or Brunch : Pasha, Lily’s , Agency Socialtheque, Cirque, Therapy, Breakfast at Barney’s , Sivas Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are honestly so many individuals and people who have helped me to get where I am today. of course, my family. My parents have always been my biggest supporters, no matter what, and they have always made a way for me to do what I felt I needed to do in order to grow, explore, or become. My friends, they are always my outlet to express and be a mess, which is needed. The staff at FOCHA in Cape Town for the amazing experience, as the idea would have never came to life if it were not for that experience. And lastly, two people who are no longer alive, but made an immense impact on my life. My grandpa Ralph, and ex-boyfriend Michael.
Instagram: @tionnamichelle__ or @Novaturientinc
Linkedin: Tionna Plummer