Born in the south suburbs of Chicago, Alicia learned the meaning of perseverance at a very young age. Although she was an honor student and star athlete, Alicia became a teenage mother during her sophomore year of high school at the age of fifteen. However, she didn’t let having a child at such a young age stop her. Alicia kept up with her classwork while she was out, and returned to school, going on to graduate on time with her peers in 1997.Immediately after high school, Alicia went on to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, taking her then thre
However, she didn’t let having a child at such a young age stop her. Alicia kept up with her classwork while she was out, and returned to school, going on to graduate on time with her peers in 1997.
Immediately after high school, Alicia went on to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, taking her then three-year old son with her. In 2001, she graduated, and soon after obtained a position in the IT industry.
In 2005, Alicia went on to obtain her Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Information Systems Management from Keller Graduate School. She is currently consulting as a Project Manager.
Alicia is an active member of the National Black MBA Association, Chicago Chapter, having served on the Executive Board and Marketing & Communications Committee from 2006-2010. She also participated in the Leaders Of Tomorrow (LOT) program, a mentoring program for high school students.
Alicia has also been involved in other teen mentoring programs, such as The Legacy Initiative and Y.Our Time Is Now (YTIN), and has done multiple speaking engagements at area high schools on college and career planning, as well as sharing her experiences of being a teenage mother.
In 2010, Alicia became a certified life coach. As a life coach, it is her desire to share her experiences - both successes and failures - in an effort to empower others to achieve their goals despite the obstacles that may present themselves in life.
Alicia’s recent workshop on Relationships for our recent Teen Summit was awesome! Her personal account of how to work through relationships and the challenges of growing up was a testimony for adolescent and teen girls facing those same struggles and learning how to move towards success.- Elaine Smit, -Singh - Teen Perspectives AKArama Foundation, Inc.
Alicia’s knowledge and experience not only helped the girls see they can over come any obstacle they face, but also that they can achieve high dreams and goals if they put their best foot forward and believe. She is truly an inspiration to youth!
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