On Being Black, Beautiful, and in Business: Meet Brenna Humphries

Brenna Humphries is one of those rare individuals that you admire and aspire to be like every time you encounter her. With a peaceful, Christ-centered spirit, calm demeanor, willingness to tackle challenges head on through her inspiring work ethic, Brenna redefines #BlackGirlMagic and #BlackProfessionalMagic everyday. I had the privilege of sitting down with Brenna and getting to learn more about how she’s acquired so much career success and tangible experiences at such a young age.

Who is Brenna Humphries?

Brenna is a graduate of Elon University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. While at Elon, Brenna was a member of the highly selective and competitive Leadership Fellows Program in addition to serving as a Google Student Ambassador after completing a summer internship with Google during the summer after her sophomore year. Brenna’s leadership and knack for business developed long before she began her undergraduate career, though. As a sophomore in high school, Brenna founded her own nonprofit, a 501 (c)(3) called Kids Read, an organization that is dedicated to promoting literacy and learning among inner city youth. Since its founding in 2007, Brenna’s organization has donated over 4,500 books across the US and abroad to institutions that serve youth.

Upon graduating, she moved back to her hometown of Atlanta, GA and worked as a technology consultant with Oracle. There, she strategized with customers to assist them in improving internal and external communications, enhancing their customer experience, and realizing a return on investment in marketing, social and sales technology. At Oracle, her colleagues raved about her collaborative work ethic and approach to her work with genuine passion. Brenna is often described as a natural leader with wisdom beyond her years–someone who consistently exceeds expectations with charisma and authenticity.

What does Black Professional Magic mean to Brenna?

To Brenna, Black Professional Magic is about knowing where you came from, who you are and where you are going.

  • Knowing where you came from – embracing our rich African American heritage and being proud of your unique, personal narratives
  • Knowing who you are – fully loving yourself (flaws and all) and using your God-given gifts to better the world daily
  • Knowing where you are going – always having a vision for your personal and professional future
In our interview, Brenna said, “I think that I embody Black Professional Magic by being a young, Black female who is equally invested in succeeding professionally as I am impacting and serving my community.” Her favorite quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is, “Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.”
Although Brenna is quickly climbing the ladder in Corporate America, she is equally focused on lifting others up and giving back to her community along the way. Her desire to succeed professionally while leaving a lasting impact on others is exactly what makes her the beautiful, inspiring, and magical Black professional that she is.
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Brenna!
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