Philanthropist, Mentor, and Advocate are just a few words to describe our Personal Brands We Love feature, Alize Beal. As Co-Founder and Marketing Director of a non-profit organization called Y.U.N.G Harlem, Alize works hard to change the dynamics of her community. Alize spends time keeping up with politics and volunteering with community leaders in her area. As a Harlem native, Alize believes that her work will help the children in her community dream big to attain their highest potential. Staying true to her brand and herself has proven to be successful for Alize. With hopes of entering the political field, Alize is aiming to become the youngest Council member of the 9th District in Harlem. Read more about her below. Describe your personal brand in three words Bold, Regal, and Influential
30 second elevator pitch, Go! My name is Alize Beal and I am an arduous leader and tremendous public servant dedicated to serving my community and improving the lives of those in it. There is no better example of this than in the founding of my nonprofit organization, Y.U.N.G Harlem that aims to lead by example; providing positive leadership for the youth of our community as well as the tremendous amount of work and service I partake in to help improve the Harlem Community from a political standpoint. In the future I aim to serve as the youngest council member of District 9 in New York City and then to become Mayor of New York City.
How have you developed your brand? I have developed my brand by staying true to who I am and being consistent with my beliefs. I know what I want and I do not waiver from that. I work hard not to become sidetracked by the “Flavor of the month” and I simply do what works best for me. With that I can never fail!
Explain the role that your personal brand played in getting you to where you are today. My brand is a clear reflection of who I am, a strong dynamic evolving leader. People recognize who I am and what I stand for and that has helped the universe to constantly align me with the right people at the right time. It has also helped to keep me away from opportunities that may have potentially moved me off of my course in life. I am following my brand as it continues to unfold. I trust that it will continue to lead me to greatness.
How did you garner press coverage and media attention? I attribute a lot of my press and media attention to the success of my non profit organization. The work that Tiffany Bender and I do in our community brings the media attention without much effort or request. We are truly blessed!
Personal brands attract opportunities. What has been the greatest opportunity you have gotten? My greatest opportunity was being able to serve as a spokes model for Ending Violence against Women, an initiative focused around decreasing domestic violence on historically black colleges and campuses. From this role I was offered the opportunity to speak at the White House to make recommendations on domestic violence. Another great opportunity was being recognized as a M.A.D. (Making A Difference) Girl and receiving an award at Black Girls Rock!
Who are some of your mentors and why?
I have many mentors across many different fields. The majority of my mentors I look to for advice for more personal growth more than my professional growth. Being in your 20's and not taking the traditional route to success is difficult and it is important for me to have women in my corner to remind me that although my path is unique I am not alone.
What were the steps you took in college that impacted your professional success?
While in college at the illustrious Howard University, I was extremely active on campus holding numerous positions and I built my resume with extensive internships. Through these internship programs I built relationships and really took the time to figure out what I did and did not want to focus on in my career. The biggest thing I learned, however, was relationship management which has attributed to the majority of my success to date.
What would you say to a young person who wants to work in your industry?
Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it, always use your mistakes as a spring board for greater victories and remember there is no such thing as losing when you're learning. What can we expect from you in the near future?
In the coming years I will be working on my campaign for Council of the 9th District in Harlem and working to expand Y.U.N.G Harlem across New York City and into three major cities DC, Philadelphia and Chicago. I was also chosen as a semi-finalist for the Emerging Young Leader Award by Running Start, an organization that inspires a new generation of young women to step up and become leaders in the political arena. Please vote for me here.
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