Tina Santi Flaherty

Designated as one of the original “Powerchicks,” Tina Flaherty blazed new paths for women in business while still in her 20’s. Described by Business Week as “one of America’s top corporate women,” she became the first female Vice-President at three of America’s leading corporations: Colgate-Palmolive, GTE, and Grey Advertising. Her primary responsibilities included corporate advertising, financial relations, and public affairs.

A contributor to Town & Country, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Marie Claire and Fortune magazines, Tina Flaherty has written two award-winning books- The Savvy Woman’s Success Bible, and Talk your way to the Top, both published by Penguin Putnam. Her latest book, What Jackie Taught Us: Lessons from the Remarkable Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, was released in the spring of 2004.
In 2008, Tina received the “Queen of Arts Award” from The Writing Center at Marymount Manhattan College, directed by Lewis Frumkes. Tina underwrites the Irish Voice Lecture Series at Marymount Manhattan’s Writing Center, which featured lectures by Edna O’Brien, Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark, Alice McDermott, and the late Nuala O’Faolain in 2007.
In 2000, Tina was named by America’s Elite as one of 100 Amazing Americans, along with such luminaries as President George W. Bush, Oprah Winfrey, and ABC-TV’s Diane Sawyer. Additionally, her rapid rise to the top at a time when only a handful of women had climbed to the executive level was profiled in Powerchicks, a book about some of America’s most influential women. Tina is also the recipient of an honorary degree from St. John’s University. She is listed in Who’s Who in America (since 1976) and is a member of the Committee of 200 and the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

Active in animal welfare, Tina and her former husband, William E. Flaherty, established the Flaherty Learning Center at the Bronx Zoo and the Flaherty Oncology Laboratory at the Animal Medical Center in New York. Additionally, their joint love of wit and wisdom led to the establishment of the Flaherty Cultural Center at the Historic Oscar Wilde House in Dublin, Ireland.
Tina Flaherty’s other charitable associations include The Central Park Conservancy, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the American Ireland Fund. She underwrote the purchase of the Theatre for the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York and supports the Origin Theater Company. Proud of her Italian and Irish heritages, Tina helped to underwrite the Medici Archive Project in Florence, Italy, as well as Sesame Street Northern Ireland, a special television series designed to promote peace and reconciliation among young Irish children of both Protestant and Catholic backgrounds. This BBC series was launched in Belfast in March of 2008. Additionally, Tina underwrote The Chair of Jewish Studies at Trinity College in Dublin.
A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Tina began her career there as a television co-host. She now lives with her two dogs, Jackie and Scarlet, in New York City.

Honors and Awards

"100 Amazing Americans"--America's Elite 1000, Millennium Issue 2000

One of "73 Women Ready to Run Corporate America,” Working Women

“One of America's top corporate women,” Business Week

"An Extraordinary Woman of Achievement," National Conference
of Christians and Jews

"Equal People Award,” sponsored by United Nations Decade
for Women Who's Who in America

Honorary Doctorate, St. John's University, New York
Honorary Doctorate, American College of Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

Board Service

• Junior Achievement, National Board Member
• Animal Medical Center, Board of Trustees
• Palm Beach Zoo
• Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.
• The Irish Repertory Theater, Board Member
• Origin Theater Company, Board Member

Professional Associations

• Committee of 200
• International Women's Forum
• President of UN Business Council, Decade for Women
• St. John's University, Executive-in-Residence,
• University of Tennessee, Executive-in-Residence
• American College Dublin, Adjunct Professor


• University of Memphis, B.A.
• Maryville Convent of the Sacred Heart College

“Don’t tell lies, and don’t
try to change him.
If he’s not right,
get another one!”
The Savvy Woman’s Guide
to Dating, by TSF