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Generation Next: Ayana Eady-Patterson

Age: 39

Company: Union Mission Inc.

Title: Program Director Phoenix Project

Top accomplishments

• Agency position advancement 2012

• Successful program implementation

Top awards/accolades

• President’s Award recipient 2012

• Leadership Award recipient 2009

Top philanthropic leadership roles

• Project developer for Project Excel outreach project “youth leadership project”

• Empowerment leader and coach for Savannah STARS youth development program

• Destined L.I.F.E. outreach (leadership outreach)

 

Q. Please share your vision of Savannah’s future. What growth or challenge do you foresee?

A. By the end of 2013: Savannah business community will continue to advance and develop in meeting the communities growing needs.

A. By the year 2020: More minority groups will be small business owners.

A. By the year 2030: Savannah will increase in population due to growing business opportunities.

 

Q. How will you do business differently in the coming year or decade?

A. I will commit myself be more of a servant leader. In addition I will continue to explore more innovative approaches to advancing programming.

 

Q. What technological or cultural advances are you looking forward to in the coming year or decade?

A. Implementation. As our nation grows in advancing information via social media platforms, my agency will be implementing social media service hub across area homeless programs to assist homeless and at risk for homeless locations to link individuals to health adherence information and resources.

 

Q. What qualities or assets will distinguish Savannah and preserve/advance our local economy?

A. Savannah leadership’s commitment to advancing its citizens by providing training and advancement opportunities for minorities, low income and small business owners.

 

Q. What economic drivers and business sectors promise the most growth in the next year or decade and why?

A. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics the top growing industries in from 2010- 2012 are occupations that are related to health care, personal care, social assistance and construction.

 

Q. What college degrees will be the most in-demand in the Savannah area and why?

A. In keeping with the projections of the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the top degree areas will be degrees and training that relate to health care, social services and construction.

 

Q. What advice do you have for other Savannah leaders in the coming year or decade?

A. My advice to Savannah’s leaders is to continue to be forward thinkers and always pour back into the Savannah community. In addition, continue to explore best practices to model and add to.

 

Q. What innovation of yours do you hope will be remembered by future generations?

A. The innovation that I hope to be remembered in future generations is the concept and model of Destined L.I.F.E and that is utilize a self-motivated interest to lead in excellence.

 

 

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