One of the most challenging realities young leaders face today is how to effectively combine their abilities, local and global interests, and spiritual purpose in order to be an agent of change in our evolving world. Entering the summer of my First Year at Spelman College, I was at the intersection of this challenge. However, with the guidance and mentorship graciously provided to me as a Moton Fellow with The Gloucester Institute (TGI) under the leadership of Mrs. Kay Coles James, I quickly learned the most important lesson for a young leader – how to be a solutionist. TGI was a launching pad for my professional career – teaching me how to seek solutions, how to transfer my morals and principles to my career goals, and how to effectively utilize my herstory, identity, and background as an incredible asset to the community that surrounds me. Our nation critically needs programs like TGI – programs that are producing not only leaders for today but future generations of leaders who are prepared, empowered, and excited about being solutionists.
Tyra Beaman, Moton Fellow Alumna Summer 2013, Spelman College Class of 2016