Photo Credit:  A aaron StallWorth Photography

Photo Credit: Aaaron StallWorth Photography

Thembi Anaiya, Sexuality Educator & Consultant

‘Thembi Anaiya’ is the medicine name that was given to Dr. Tracie Q. Gilbert after several years of deep spiritual development—part of which included mapping out the professional path she wanted to take for the rest of her life. A mixture of Zulu and Hebrew, Thembi Anaiya means “Hope, Trust; God has answered!” While this work is not religious in nature, the energy behind Thembi Anaiya is quite spiritual, permeating Tracie’s vision to be a leader in producing holistic sexuality development experiences, that are as inspiring emotionally as they are mentally.

Tracie Q. Gilbert, PhD is an educator, editor and consultant, with over 20 years experience serving urban youth, young adults, and their advocates. She received her Masters of Science in Education at the University of Pennsylvania, and her doctorate from the Center for Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University. Ms. Tracie was the 2011 winner of Women for Social Innovation's Turning Point Prize, which was used to begin the Empowered Mom's Think Tank, a 10-month initiative geared toward helping African American female caregivers talk to their young people about sensitive sexual topics. She has provided presentations for a variety of special events, including the 2012 Black Male Development Symposium, the National Clack Child Development Institute's Annual Conference, and Congressman Chakah Fattah's National Conference on Higher Education.  

As an entity, Thembi Anaiya delivers fun, creative, and insightful workshops for a wide range of youth and teen audiences, as well as training and curriculum support for caregivers, teen educators and youth serving organizations. Beyond the birds and the bees, Tracie works to help everyday young people be intentional with all of who they are, and to take responsibility for their whole lives, including their sexual selves.