About The Founder
I am the founder of Bevy & Dave; an award-winning educational toy company devoted to changing the narrative of Black history and building leaders through fun and engaging learning tools designed for preschool- elementary age students.
For many years I was frustrated with the presentation of Black history in school textbooks and teaching materials as the focus is always on slavery and oppression. With the belief that what we learn at a young age shapes and impacts our worldview and level of achievement, I decided to contribute towards a solution. After my daughter was born, I was reminded that children learn through play; soon after, I launched Bevy & Dave to serve as teaching tools for parents and teachers alike to share Black history through the lens of self-leadership, which focuses on achievements and contributions to our society.
Prior to Bevy & Dave, I served in higher education developing student leaders as an administrator and instructor of leadership studies. I was also enrolled in a doctoral program with research focused on how children learn and understand Black history and its impact on their achievement level. I left the program to focus on developing solutions to the problem rather than continue to study it.
My unique and unconventional work has been recognized among industry peers and featured in various media platforms, including GMA3 "Second Act Showdown." Good Morning America with Strahan, Sara, and Keke and MSNBC with Stephanie Ruhle. Within Bevy & Dave’s first exhibition year, its flagship toy, the “History Makers Puzzle Block Set (HMPBS),” was a finalist for Toy of the Year Award, Rookie category, and is the winner of the 2018 Product of the Year Award by Creative Child Magazine and the 2018 Family Choice award.
Tiffney T. Laing, Founder
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