Strengthening and Empowering the Lives of Females Inc.
Latia McAlister is a southern rooted woman who is native to Harlem, New York. She started her college studies at the richly cultured Hampton University and later completed her Bachelors of Science in Accounting at Herbert H. Lehman College. Latia was selected to become a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar which enabled her to study Business Economic Reform at Shanghai University in China.
Latia’s experience abroad sparked her interest in expanding study abroad programming to students from underrepresented communities. She is working to explore possibilities that could incorporate worldwide studies in urban high schools. She is currently working as an accountant at St. Bernard’s School in NYC.
Latia loves to travel and work with children. She tutors throughout the year and organizes summer trips with families in her community to the zoo, aquarium, museums and farms in an effort to keep the children active and engaged while school is out.
Akhimien Eromosele is a Nigerian American who was born and raised in New York City. He is an entrepreneur who has invested in several businesses, particularly his own accounting, tax and consulting service called AATC. He was inspired to start his company because he felt his community lacked affordable financial services for low to middle income individuals and small businesses.
He graduated with his Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Herbert H. Lehman College. Akhimien has a great depth of knowledge in accounting, having worked for various companies like the New York Department of Tax and Finance and Pepsi.
Akhimien feels strongly about having an influence on youth so he mentors young men in his neighborhood and he serves as a substitute teacher for middle and high school students. In his spear time, Akhimien enjoys watching sports and playing basketball.
Alyna Brown is of Caribbean decedent and she currently resides in Westchester County. After working years as a Tax accountant, she is now a Staff Analyst in the Human Resource Department at New York City Transit. Alyna obtained her Bachelors of Science in Accounting at Herbert H. Lehman College
Alyna received her Master’s in Public Administration from Baruch College and wrote her thesis on “The Misrepresentation and Underrepresentation of Black Women in the Hollywood Industry from the 1930’s to Present Time.” Later she expanded her research to include the effects that negative images of black women on television had on adolescent girls. She found that an overwhelming amount of girls were developing self-esteem issues and she wanted to find a resolution to this problem. That was the birth of SELF Inc. She prides herself in promoting self-love, self-worth and exploring purpose with young girls of color.
In her leisure Alyna heads a small women’s group called Women Empowerment Group (WEG). WEG provides an intimate setting where women can connect, network and share resources while encouraging each other to accomplish personal, spiritual and career goals.