Congratulations to Teana Allen, Secretary II in the Chromalloy Kidney Center, who recently graduated from Ashford University with a Master of Arts in Organizational Management with a specialization in Business Leadership.
Teana attributes part of her academic drive to her grandmother. “Before my grandmother passed, she always told me, no matter what, she wanted me to finish school,” says Teana. In 2011, Teana graduated with honors from Columbia College of Missouri, receiving two bachelor’s degrees, one in Business Administration and one in Computer Information Systems. “So, I dedicated one of my bachelor’s to my grandmother and the other to myself in achieving the goal of ‘I CAN DO IT’!”
Teana’s belief in the value of self-empowerment extends from her personal life and through her community service and volunteer work. Teana is the founder of two non-profit organizations, Sistahs of Soul for African American women ages 25 and older, and Sassy Sistahs (an affiliate of Sistahs to Sistahs Network, Inc.) for pre-teen and teenage girls ages 10-16.
“My teen girls call me Ms. Tee!” says Teana. Her mission for Sassy Sistahs is to help pre-teen and teen girls establish a lifelong commitment of “building a strong network of supportive friends and civic involvement”. The organization encourages multi-ethnic girls to empower themselves to “plug into their natural gifts of ‘self’ – acceptance, appreciation, awareness, esteem and worth – to help them identify themselves in life”.
Teana is a member of the International Honor Society for Business, Management and Administration organization Sigma Beta Delta, the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), and the National Association of Distinguished Professionals (NADP).
The secrets to success, according to Teana, are to believe in yourself and choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life!
See more on Teana here.