Who is Amelia Warren Tyagi?
Amelia Warren Tyagi is a management consultant, entrepreneur, and author. She is the daughter of American politician and academic Elizabeth Warren, who has been serving as the senior US senator from Massachusetts since 2013. Amelia's father, the late Jim Warren, was an 'IBM' employee and a subcontractor at 'NASA.' An honorary graduate from 'Brown University,' Amelia began her career as a freelance consultant and later co-founded a health-care firm and a management consulting firm. A nationally recognized writer, Amelia has co-authored two bestsellers with her mother, namely, 'The Two-Income Trap’ and ‘All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan.’ She has also presented her views on various topics on many TV and radio shows, such as 'Dr. Phil.' She has written articles for several publications. Amelia was in the center of a controversy when her organization was accused of sponsoring lawsuits to improve voter-registration drives for welfare recipients in Massachusetts. The allegations were made Elizabeth’s opponent in the senate race, Scott P Brown. He claimed that the strategy was designed to benefit Amelia’s mother in her election campaign. Amelia’s organization denied all allegations. Amelia currently lives in her Pacific Palisades mansion with her husband, Sushil Tyagi, a former management consultant and a film producer in the US and India. They have three children.
Birth & Education
Amelia was born on 2 Sep 1971 in New Jersey. Her mother, Elizabeth Ann Warren, is a distinguished 'Harvard' law professor, a nationally recognized consumer activist, and a presidential appointee. Amelia’s father, Jim, was a subcontractor and engineer at ‘NASA.’ She has a brother named Alexander.
Amelia’s parents were high-school sweethearts. Elizabeth was 19 when she gave up a scholarship to 'George Washington University' to marry Jim. When Elizabeth was pregnant with Amelia, Jim was working on the ‘Warren Project’ for ‘NASA.’ When Amelia turned 2, her mother resumed her studies and pursued law. In an article published in the ‘Wharton’ alumni magazine, Amelia revealed that she had changed about nine public schools between kindergarten and 12th grade.
Amelia’s parents divorced in 1978. Elizabeth married Bruce H Mann, a law professor, 2 years later. However, she retained Jim’s surname. Amelia’s father died in 2003.
Amelia is part of the 'Phi Beta Kappa' (one of the oldest academic honor societies in the US). She is also a 'Magna Cum Laude' honoree from Brown University. She later obtained her MBA degree from the The Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania.
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Before her stint as an entrepreneur, Amelia had been a part of numerous consulting engagements. She worked as an engagement manager at the global management consulting firm 'McKinsey & Company' and then began working as an independent consultant.
Amelia, along with a few 'McKinsey' colleagues, laid the foundation of a health benefits firm called 'HealthAllies' in 1999. The company’s web operation was headquartered at the guest cottage of Amelia’s Los Angeles beach house. The start-up focuses on providing best health-care services to patients at an affordable rate. The firm also negotiates directly with doctors on behalf of patients. 'HealthAllies' has now been acquired by the 'United Health Group.'
After working independently as a consultant for several years, Amelia joined Jody Miller, a consultant and a former official in the Clinton administration, to create a search firm for executives. In 2005, their concept materialized in the form of the 'Business Talent Group, LLC,' a firm aimed at high-level consultants, managers, and 'Fortune 500' companies. The company helps its clients with provisional projects such as the launch of new products and market testing. It offers skilled management consultants who are trained at some of the top firms of the world, such as 'McKinsey,' 'Bain,' and 'Accenture.' Their services are available at affordable costs. Amelia is currently the president and the director of the firm. She has also served as the chief operating officer of the firm.
In 2009, Amelia became a board member of the trustees for the New York-based think tank 'Demos,' a non-partisan public-policy research and advocacy organization founded in 2000. The organization is headquartered in New York City. She was made the chairperson of 'Demos' 2 years later. The same year, Amelia became the chairperson of 'The American Prospect,' a prominent progressive magazine.
After Amelia delivered her first child, she joined her mother. Elizabeth stayed with Amelia for a month while they worked on a book, simultaneously taking care of the baby. They later processed their research, which evolved into a bestselling book titled 'The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke,' initially published in 2003.
In 2005, Amelia and Elizabeth released their second co-authored book, 'All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan.' Amelia was pregnant with her second child at that time. Amelia has also written articles on a variety of topics such as the US economy, the state of the nation’s health-care system, and women’s working rights and abilities. Her works have been published in journals and publications such as 'Time,' 'USA Today,' 'The Chicago Tribune,' and 'Harvard Business Review.' Amelia’s remarkable literary contributions to these journals have earned her invitations to speak on several radio shows, such as the nationally syndicated radio show 'Marketplace.'
In 2012, Amelia was involved in a controversy when her organization 'Demos' was accused of failing to comply with the ‘National Voter Registration Act.’ Demos later rejected all the allegations made by the then-US senator for Massachusetts, Scott Brown. Brown was also Elizabeth’s opponent in the run for a US senate seat in Massachusetts in the upcoming election. Scott accused Amelia of using her position in the non-partisan organization 'Demos' to facilitate her mother’s campaign.
Scott claimed that while serving as the chairperson of 'Demos,' Amelia had consciously aided the issue of voter registration forms to welfare recipients to get more ‘Democrats’ on the rolls just before the election. 'Demos' later clearly stated that Amelia, as a member of the organization, had nothing to do with her mother’s senate race.
Elizabeth’s campaigning team also came in support of Amelia and kept her away from any sort of public interaction regarding the matter. They even labeled Scott’s comments “ridiculous” and “baseless.” Lisa Danetz, the senior counsel for 'Demos' and one of the lawyers in the Massachusetts case, stated while defending Amelia that the lawsuit was not meant to serve a particular political party. She added that 'Demos' had been unbiased about the enforcement of the ‘National Voter Registration Act.’ She also clarified that neither Amelia nor any of the organization's board members had intentions to help Elizabeth's campaign.
Family & Personal Life
Amelia is married to Sushil Tyagi, a former management consultant and a film producer. The couple is blessed with three children: two daughters, Octavia and Lavinia, and a son, Atticus. Amelia met Sushil while working at 'McKinsey & Company.' Sushil now works for a craft beer company
According to her co-workers, Amelia is an analytical and even-tempered person. Her 'HealthAllies' colleague Todd Hoddick believes Amelia is an emotionally stable woman who prioritizes other people’s points of view and emotions.