Gia Taijae Tejeda is 21, a Senior Economics major with a double minor in management and organization and entrepreneurship and innovation at Spelman College, and the Founder of All Things College. Gia is a believer in Christ, daughter, sister, trailblazer, scholar, community builder, florist, and event planner. When Gia is not being a student at the #1 HBCU or running her business, you can find her indulging in fashion and beauty. She is the oldest daughter of Trelles Delandro-Williams and Cornell Williams. She has two younger sisters, Mariah and Camryn, who look to Gia as their role model. Gia is most passionate about helping others to reach their full potential! Whether she is working with her younger siblings, scholars within her community, or her Spelman Sisters, the thing that drives Gia is knowing she has the opportunity to make an impact. Gia has worked with The Harvey Foundation and was a speaker at the Girls Who Rule The World Event, she has been seen in Essence and Voyage ATL. She is a Girls Inc Bold Award 2019 Recipient and an Echoing Green Fellow. Gia is a student leader on campus and has plans to make her mark at Spelman. She is a member of the Economics Club, Sister Keeping it Real Through Service (SKIRTS), Morehouse Business Association, Future Business Leaders of Spelman, Presidential member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, and Co-President of Girls Going Global Spelman Chapter. Gia participated in Goldman Sachs HBCU Possibilities: Market Madness 14-week program including induction to Goldman Sachs and deep dive into key financial concepts. During the program, Gia worked diligently with her team members, also known as the “GS Dream Team”. The Dream Team competed against 125 HBCU students and placed first in the business case competition, scouring a grand prize of a $1 Million dollar grant for Spelman College.
All Things College
Gia began to develop All Things College (A.T.C.) as a freshman in high school; now, her initiative turned business is committed to bridging the gap from high school to higher education within the minority community. The primary purpose of A.T.C. is to champion for quality education by informing students and parents nationwide on college readiness, standardized test-prep, and scholarships, ensuring an increase in minority economic growth and college retention rates. This line of work is extremely near and dear to Gia’s heart because she is passionate about empowering, encouraging, and equipping others to break generational glass ceilings. Gia strongly believes that if scholars from the minority communities receive a higher education, this will improve their own community and catapult their success post-graduation. Gia aspires to inspire scholars worldwide to dream big in life and reach their full potential, especially in furthering their education. To date, All Things College has reached over 2,000 scholars across the United States and has helped several students receive full rides, partial scholarships, and acceptance admission from schools like Vanderbilt University, Spelman College, Duke University, East Carolina University, Emory University, Fayetteville State University, Hampton University, Howard University, North Carolina Central University, Louisiana State University, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Hampton University, and Georgia Institute of Technology.