Powerful. Strong. Creative. Brave. Hard-working. Innovative. These are words that describe virtually any woman. But when referring to That’s What She Said St. Clair County producer Tammy Bush-Hamilton, these words just barely scratch the surface in describing the depth of this woman’s tenacity, confidence, and drive.
For years, Tammy served her community working for the State of Illinois as a correction officer and later in her position as a parole supervisor. Currently, she holds the role of a program manager working solely with juveniles. But her career role is just one of many hats she wears.
Her true passion includes the not-for-profit organization she created. Tammy started Tam’s Beautiful Butterflies after tragically losing her daughter to suicide. This mama has taken her heartbreaking experience and used it as motivation to make a purposeful impact on the world. Her mission is to create awareness around the topic of suicide ideation, to educate and provide services for struggling individuals, and ultimately to save lives by reducing the number of suicides in the community.
In addition to her full-time career and her beautiful NFP, she has a side hustle operating a mobile boutique, Tam’s Butterfly Jewels Mobile Boutique. She sets up her trailer for pop-up events and hosts shows on Facebook offering clothing, jewelry, and other accessories. The boutique was created as a way for her to help financially support Tam’s Beautiful Butterflies.
Given her career path working with juveniles as well as her personal life experience, Tammy understands fully the importance of the human story. In an attempt to support a friend who shared her story at the Bloomington, Illinois That’s What She Said show, Tammy sat down to watch it on YouTube. But rather than simply watching her friend’s 10-minute talk as she’d intended, she found herself captivated by each woman’s story and she watched the entire production. At the conclusion, she knew she wanted to get involved.
That’s how Tammy now finds herself spending her free time [wink] producing the St. Clair County That’s What She Said show. On October 14th, Tammy will do what she does best and provide a safe and supportive space for the 9 female speakers as they share their stories on the St. Clair stage. Come on out for a night of connection, growth, laughter, and likely a few tears.