Written by Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent
Published on The AFRO – The Black Media Authority on 13th March 2021
In an interview with Aliyah Powell, a successful engineer and entrepreneur, Stacy Brown learns of the challenges and successes of being a black woman in the Engineering and Business sectors. Powell shares the challenges of the lack of diversity in her Engineering course she faced as one of the only two African Americans on course at the time. Despite this, she went on to graduate with an Engineering degree from the University of Louisiana.
She is certified in Lean Six Sigma, which is a managerial approach that focuses on reducing errors and waste in order to improve the group performance of employees. She successfully utilized this training in her position as a store manager for the company, American Cookie. Since then she worked her way up to Senior Progress Engineer, making her one of the few African Americans and one of the youngest persons to hold this position.
Also, she is the founder of the successful fashion business, Fit Fashionista, an online retailer that sells fashionable sportswear. The idea for this business came to her when she noticed that she felt more confident and motivated when she wore sportswear that made her look and feel good. She shares that her future goal is to inspire more African-American women to achieve their dreams.