Elease Dillard

Major: Cell biology, concentration in biotechnologyElease Dillard

Graduation year: 2015

Employer: Founder and owner of The Student Navigator, LLC

Clubs/Organizations you were a part of at GGC: GGC Honors Program, Golden Key International Honour Society, Student Government Association, National Society of Leadership & Success, Tri Beta (Beta Beta Beta) Biology Honors Society, GGC Biology Club, GGC Residence Life Resident Assistant, GGC Academic Enhancement Center – Student Assistant.

How has GGC helped prepare you for where you are today?
The countless opportunities to get involved on campus at GGC allowed me to be involved in a network of like-minded individuals which helped me become a better leader. That network has extended beyond graduation. Many of my peers from college are also business owners in different industries, so we network with one another and support one another as GGC alumni. 

Although I was a STEM major, I took entrepreneurship and business courses that taught me how to take a business from an idea to reality, how to effectively do public speaking, and how to positively lead a business/organization. I still use the strategies and insight I learned from those classes with my business and public speaking engagements to this day. 

Lastly, I took an honors class at GGC on how to be a global change agent. That changed my life and perspective about being a positive change in this world, which has become my daily mission.

Favorite memory about GGC: My senior year, I was selected by GGC along with three other GGC students to attend the Martin Luther King Salute to Greatness Awards where we represented GGC along with a small select group of other college students from various major colleges and universities. I had my first experience on the red carpet, and it was an honor to be on it with Martin Luther King III. In addition, former President Clinton and other global and community leaders were in attendance. To meet and hear the passionate stories of individuals who were making a difference in their communities was very inspiring and gave me even more of a fire to make a difference in my community as well.