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Meet Arlene Asante, Founder, and President of Enhancing Adolescent Girls for an Evolving Resolution (EAGER) Incorporated

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1. So our readers can get to know you, introduce yourself to our audience.

I am a savvy businesswoman, non-profit owner, student, sister, friend, and an inspiration to others. Through my gifts, I have been blessed to become the Visionary Founder and President of Enhancing Adolescent Girls for an Evolving Resolution, Incorporated mentoring program. (EAGER, Inc.). The EAGER, Inc. Mentoring Program is a cost-free program in Baltimore City, Maryland that was established in November 2009. The program provides mentoring services to at-risk minority girls between the ages of 12-15 years old.

EAGER, Inc. provides an intensive 60-week personal growth workshops on life-changing topics such as building self-esteem, sex, drugs, abortion, resume building and more. The program also caters to current events that can affect the young girls such as police brutality and racial profiling. The young ladies have an opportunity to meet and establish relationships with college female mentors who can provide personalized, one-on-one mentoring and personal growth development. The aim of the program is to instill: Integrity, Responsibility, Respect, Honesty, Patience, Discipline, Service and Courage.

I believe that a part of my calling and purpose is to mentor and help young ladies become dynamic, wise, and successful women. “I believe I have been blessed to motivate and encourage young women from all economic and social backgrounds.”

Along with working with young women in Baltimore city, I am a Doctor of Dental Surgery Candidate at Howard University College of Dentistry. My second passion is providing quality dental care to the community. I desire to open a dental practice in the Washington, D.C. area. During my spare time, I provide one-on-one coaching for clients who want to start a non-profit business. My life motto is: Use your God-Given gifts to serve others. 1 Peter 4:10.

2. What is your business all about? 

I am passionate about helping people win! I love seeing people succeed and making wise decisions in their business, personal life, and dental care. I want people to become spiritually whole, healthy, and trend setting business owners. Although my career is based in three different industries (dentistry, non-profit sector, and youth organization), my bottom foundation is helping people win big in life and loving who they are as a person.

3. What inspired you to get started?

I am walking in my purpose unapologetically! Once I became clear of my calling and purpose in life, I had no choice but to get started and do the work. My love for success outweighed my fear of not getting started. I have always been a hard worker who looks for progress, growth and results. I have never shied away from the possibility of failure because I know its apart of the process. The great thing about getting started is it’s hard to stop – I love what I do!

4. What is your educational background?

I am a woman who values education and the art of learning new skills. I received my undergraduate degree from Morgan State University, one of the best HBCUs. I later received a master’s degree at Drexel University. Today, I am a doctoral student at Howard University College of Dentistry and pursuing various certifications in other career fields.

I am a woman who values education and the art of learning new skills. I received my undergraduate degree from Morgan State University, one of the best HBCUs. I later received a master’s degree at Drexel University. Today, I am a doctoral student at Howard University College of Dentistry and pursuing various certifications in other career fields.

5. What are your motivations?

My desire is to complete everything God has placed on my heart. As a purpose driven woman, I am constantly thinking of ideas and preparing for the next move. Days when I mediate and find that quiet place with God, I find new concepts, strategies, and clarity, which motivates me to keep moving forward. Not only does my relationship with God motivate me, but also my family, close friends, and young adults who I mentor.

6. What advice do you have for other people who want to do this same thing?

The advice I would share with others who are interested in starting their own nonprofit mentoring program is doing your research and finding something that fuels your passion. Like any other business, there are high and low points of entrepreneurship. Your passion and dedication will always help sustain and maintain your business as it evolves over the years. When starting a non-profit, one must be precise about the audience you would like to serve and be clear on how your services can enhance lives.

I also would recommend anyone interested in starting their own nonprofit to consider working with a consultant to help start your non- profit business. During my free time outside the dental clinic, I provide non-profit startup consulting. There are a lot of requirements and sometimes you just need a helping hand to build the foundation for your non-profit. 

7. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

I have many goals for the future and the sky is the limit. In 5 years, I see myself expanding my non-profit consulting business services and partnering with more schools in Baltimore City through the EAGER Inc. Mentoring Program.

Most importantly, I see myself mastering my craft as a dentist and opening a dental practice in the Washington, D.C. area. I have other business endeavors I would like to explore in the future.

8. Any present or future projects?

The EAGER Inc. Mentoring program will be celebrating 10 years in November 2019! Therefore, it is time to celebrate! We are hosting a Cocktail Fundraiser near the Downtown Baltimore City, Maryland area to showcase our accomplishments over the years. We will be having a surprise guest speaker, who will be announced during a later date! Please stay tuned and connected to learn more.

I also will be expanding my services and assisting more women on starting their own non-profits. For a limited time, I will be accepting new clients who need assistance.

9. What is the biggest challenge you’ve experienced in your business as a person of color?

As a woman of color, I have not faced any major challenges due to my race. In my career field and working in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area, I am in a highly diverse working environment which requires me to work with people from different cultures, people of different levels of education, social, economic backgrounds, and with different communities such as the LGBT community. This requires me to be sensitive to others’ backgrounds while working together as a team. But the biggest challenges I have experienced as a nonprofit owner is funding.

However, I have learned that a challenge is only an obstacle that can be moved. The EAGER Inc. Mentoring program is currently seeking a grant writer to join the team. We have been blessed from many of our donors and committed supporters who consistently donate to the organization. We are tremendously blessed to have them.

10. Are you married or single?

I am single, meeting new people, and dating.

11. How can we connect with you on social media?

I would love to stay connected to readers, especially business women in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. I can be found on all social media networks. 

  1. Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArleneAsante
  2. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arlene.asante
  3. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arleneasante/

If you are interested in receiving one-on-one coaching and consulting on starting your own nonprofit business, I can be reached via email at AAsante12@gmail.com For more information about the EAGER Inc. Mentoring Program, please contact us at our official organization email:  EAGER.Inc2009@gmail.com.

12. What is your greatest accomplishment?

I believe my biggest accomplishment is pursuing my doctorate degree in dentistry. The joy of changing a person`s life by creating a beautiful, healthy smile is one of the intangible rewards of becoming a dentist. Connecting and building a genuine patient-doctor relationship with my patients is the most rewarding part of the job. I enjoy the process of getting to know my patients, understanding their oral care needs, educating them on proper oral hygiene, and providing results.

The profession of dentistry is an extremely complex field to enter. It’s both a challenging and rewarding career. I am looking forward to the many opportunities the dental industry has for me in the future.

13. As a person of color, what advice will you give someone starting their own business or career?

[For] Anyone who wants to start a business, I highly recommend starting with a step by step plan and vision. Seek mentorship and resources that will help you along the way.

Read books and listen to podcasts in your field of interest. Attend workshops, conferences, and surround yourself with like-minded people that will help create an environment that will allow you to succeed.

Becoming a business owner is a mindset, not just a title. It will require you to think and view life differently. It’s a skill. You must take risks, create a vision, and put a place of action in place. You must be okay with adjusting, when things do not work out, and your team must trust in you.

As a woman of color, I encourage people to not be confined to one group of people, branch out! Learn from other cultures and backgrounds of people. You never know: the next person who can bless you with a million-dollar check, may not look like you. Lastly, as a successful business owner, you must be able to work with all people.

This piece was edited by Dominique Richardson

Dominique Richardson

Dominique Richardson is an experienced writer, editor, and organizer with a demonstrated history of working in the customer service industry. Focused on the English language, rhetoric, business, and writing. She is currently pursuing an English degree and corporate communications minor from Clayton State University.

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