“Vanaya is a person who tackles the hard conversations in corporate spaces and helps to bridge the gap between rhetoric and perception with reality. She has a passion to bring equity to the community and ensuring that young girls have access to become their best.”
Alderwoman Chantia Lewis
City of Milwaukee
Vanaya Grice is a business professional and entrepreneur, and has a passion for developing and coaching people to reach their full potential. She currently works for Northwestern Mutual as Assistant Director of Distribution Performance, and owns/operates a private beauty salon. She is a member of Kingdom Faith Fellowship Church where she oversees the financial systems and controls; and, is active in her community, on the Board of Directors for PEARLS for Teen Girls – a leading girl-serving organization in Milwaukee. She holds a Masters in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University, a Masters in Family and Consumer Journalism from the University of WI-Madison, and is married with two children.
What inspired you to start this work?
Growing up, I always had a village of people around me to coach, support, advise, inspire and tell me that I could do anything I put my mind to. With my belief that to whom much is given, much is expected, I always strive to give that same level of support and encouragement in any work that I do. I stand on the shoulders of strong women, three generations before me, that fought for the justices of their generation and paved a way for me and generations to follow. Aligning with my passion, I take particular interest in inspiring girls to grow up to be confident, bold, and fearless women.
What resources do you need to keep this work moving forward?
In order to continue to move this work forward, we need continued development and advancement of programs/systems that support women in achieving their dreams. This includes developing leaders who lead with empathy, initiatives that drive equity and equality, and education that promotes financial stability and access to capital. This also includes financially supporting organizations, such as Pearls for Teen Girls, to allow them to reach more girls and young ladies in Wisconsin and beyond.
For More Information:
PEARLS for Teen Girls: www.pearlsforteengirls.com
African American Leadership Alliance MKE: https://www.aalamilwaukee.org/