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Meet Dr. Elaine Bryan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Elaine Bryan.

She is the Founder and President of Grant Bryan Center located at 4651 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs and a Microsoft Education Partner. She is also the owner of Elaine Bryan Realty and has excelled in Real Estate so well and was invited as an expert broker, to share her knowledge on “What You Get for the Money” on HGTV and the Fine Living Channel. As a columnist, Dr. Bryan is the author of “Financial Freedom Columns.” This Caribbean Region Native is a Northwestern University, The University of West Georgia and Leadership Sandy Springs Alumna. She is the founder and Chair of The Elaine Bryan Foundation and a successful entrepreneur who has invested in real estate for many years.

Grant-Bryan received the Mayor of Atlanta Phoenix for outstanding service and the United States Postal Service, “Women Putting Their Stamp on Atlanta Diversity Champion” Awards. She is also the first and only recipient of the Judge Glenda Hatchett, Inspiring Excellence” Education Mentoring Award. During the award ceremony hosted by FOX 5 reporter Art Franklin, she was presented with a trophy and a monetary award.

Some of her other commendations/awards: Georgia School Counselors Association Counselor of the Year Award and Turner Broadcasting System(TBS) Education Awards. She was also recognized as the Gleaner 2007 “Phenomenal Woman.”

Elaine has a special gift of motivating young people and she is an empowerment speaker. As a Microsoft Education Partner, Dr. Elaine Bryan developed and established Microsoft-GECG STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Mentorship Programs for high school and college students in collaboration with The Elaine Bryan Foundation. These unique enrichment workshops are conducted at Microsoft Facilities in Alpharetta, Dunwoody, Buckhead and the Grant-Bryan Center in Sandy Springs. The program offers: Website and mobile application development using HTML, JavaScript, CSS and Android. It also offers: Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming, mentorship, college tips, career assessment, internships and job opportunities, graphic design and entrepreneurship. Students have received thousands of scholarships and valuable guidance from her selfless commitment to service.

Dr. Grant-Bryan is guided by her trademark, The What What What Approach – What you do with what you have determines what you become ™ She is married to Gregory Scott Bryan who is a computer expert and they both work together on global projects for The Elaine Bryan Foundation and Global Education Consultants Group.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
One umbrella challenge is a sense of limited opportunities in the field of education, even after I study to the doctoral level and successfully completed several degrees. These challenges motivated me to start my own businesses and acquire person financial freedom. My experiences have also motivated me to assist others through mentorship to achieve their dreams.

The real estate business was challenging during the first few years. After I was asked to be a real estate expert on the Home & Garden television show (HGTV) “What You Get for The Money” my business started to thrive.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
The Elaine Bryan Foundation was established in 2010 and Global Education Consultants Group (GECG) STEAM Mentorship Programs in 2013. The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) Mentorship Program is an enrichment curriculum developed by Gregory Bryan (Programmer & IT Expert) and Dr. Elaine Bryan sponsored by Microsoft that enhances students’ knowledge and skills in STEAM subjects. In general, the program teaches coding/programming and offers career assessments, internships, entrepreneurships and scholarships. GPA 2.8 or above, a strong interest in STEAM subjects, financial hardship and volunteerism are required to be selected to join the programs.

Mission: To improve the achievement of students by providing education, empowerment, and mentorship services, while inspiring them to dream big, and connecting them to opportunities.

Program Topics: Career Pathway Assessment, College Tips, Entrepreneurial Development, Programming, Internships, ACT & SAT Tips, Scholarships, Career Planning, Violin Music, Coding & Gaming. Throughout the programs students have worked with speakers, coaches and coders. Outstanding students receive laptops, complete Microsoft Certifications and receive Microsoft Gifts at the Microsoft Corporate Office in Alpharetta. The program is ideal for current high school sophomores, juniors and senior and college freshmen. Ten College students and twenty high schools are in the Global Education Consultants Group-Microsoft STEAM Mentorship Program this year.

These students from high schools and colleges are learning multiple coding techniques and languages including Xamarin and C Sharp to make a phone app for Android, Windows, and Apple operating systems. Students are also working on developing a computer game using Java Script, and completed all coding using Microsoft Visual Studios. They have also been reviewing and completing Microsoft certifications to strengthen their resumes.

Some of the 2017 main speakers and mentors: Microsoft Managers & Coders, Dr. Wendy Ricketts Greene MD -Surgeon, Director of Emory Acute & Critical Care Surgery Service of Emory University Hospital, Jonathan Walker, Georgia Tech Aerospace Dept., Attorney Bernie Layne, Harvard Graduate, Rosemary Glean, Licensed Psychologist & Counselor, Coca-Cola Representatives, Atlanta Tech Village Innovators. Master Coders: Gregory Bryan, Sean McPherson, and Howard Vining are also assets to this mentorship program. One highlight of the STEAM program was touring the technology center at Microsoft Corporation and Atlanta Tech Village. Students learned about the history of Microsoft through the present and about Microsoft’s vision for the future in technology. They also received the information needed to grow in Microsoft through internship and career opportunities. The programs were held at the Microsoft Corporate Office in Alpharetta, Grant-Bryan Center in Sandy Springs and Microsoft Buckhead facility. Ten of the outstanding students received Microsoft Gifts including computers. Joshua Swaby is a Jamaican Student who joined the program after Jamaica Information Service (JIS) made the announcement about the scholarship opportunity. Jamaica National Bank assisted his mother Patricia Gillings with some of the costs involved in making the trip to Atlanta possible.

Microsoft-GECG STEAM Mentorship Programs Fall 2017: Saturday, September 23, October 14, November 11, 2017. Students will work on the following topics: College Application Process, Career Planning, Scholarships, Music, SAT & ACT, developing a computer game using Java Script, and Coding using Microsoft Visual Studios. Students will complete Microsoft certifications. WSB-TV Channel 2 reporters, Georgia Tech Representatives, Microsoft Managers, AT&T corporate managers and Atlanta Tech Village innovators are superb assets to this mentorship program. Students will be able to network and connect with people including Yale graduate Nicole Layne. Students will learn about the history of Microsoft through the present and learn about Microsoft’s vision for the future of technology. They will also receive the information needed to grow in Microsoft through internship and career opportunities. The programs are held at the fall programs are held @ Grant-Bryan Center in Sandy Springs and Microsoft Buckhead Facility.

Register Here: http://bit.ly/2017FallSTEAM

We host an annual Awards Ceremony “Inspirational Luncheon & Awards” at the Ritz Carlton Buckhead in Georgia. Sponsored by Microsoft.

Recent Entertainers 2017: Classical Violinists, The Romanov Sisters, Soprano Singer and Spoken Word Artist, Sean David Grant.

2017 Inspirational Luncheon & Awards @ Buckhead Ritz Carlton – Congressman Hank Johnson introduced Ambassador Audrey Marks who delivered an inspirational informative speech about “Entrepreneurial Mindset” that uplifted the Sold-Out audience. Undercover Boss Celebrity and Golden Krust CEO Lowell Hawthorne gave a moving summary of his family’s journey in the USA and gave each student a copy of his book “The Baker’s Son.” Other speakers were Attorney Paula Kerr-Jarrett, Spoken Word Sean Grant & Captain Barrington Irving was the featured guest who were also inspirational speakers. Ten students received Microsoft Computers, gifts and scholarships at the May 7th Event form the Buckhead Manager. Microsoft also gave Surface Computers to the STEAM Summer Mentorship Programs 2017.

Additional Information on links below:

https://prezi.com/p/7vmgr1droxgh/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLYkBSo0dac
Live Stream Link: http://bit.ly/21Vtk7Q
http://elainebryanfoundation.org/2017-inspirational-luncheon-awards-ceremony-pictures/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw013J0sf92TpzcBLdkzS7g
http://www.mdjonline.com/neighbor_newspapers/summer-steam-program/collection

The next EBF-Inspirational Luncheon & Awards is scheduled on Sunday, May 6 @ Buckhead Ritz-Carlton @ 12noon.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I grew up in Jamaica and went to Chicago after high school to attend Northwestern University. During my childhood, I enjoyed being a leader in my school as President and Head Girl. As head of the magazine committee, I enjoyed securing advertisements for the yearbook and helping neighbors. Additionally, I really enjoyed my family, friends, music and Jamaican Cuisines. I also enjoyed being with my dad who was a real estate developer and going with him to look at properties, going to the beach, playing tennis and going to Church.

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6 Comments

  1. Dr. Dahlia Pottinger

    November 1, 2017 at 5:28 am

    A very detailed and inspiring article on Dr. Elaine Bryan’s contributions and achievements! Congatulations, Dr. Bryan!
    Thanks Voyageatl.

  2. V. James

    November 2, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    What any absolute delight it was to read and learn about Dr. Bryan’s generous humanity, dedication to service, and outstanding accomplishments! I am very proud to know such a wonderful gem!

  3. Rosemary Glean

    November 4, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    What an absolutely awesome article summarizing Dr. Bryan’s accomplishments. I’m honored to know this phenomenal woman.

  4. Tanya Lawson

    November 4, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    This article is a fantastic memorialization of Elaine Bryan’s commitment to education and her community. She is indeed a phenomenal woman and has made her mark in more ways than one. I know that her guidance helped my children tremendously in their quest for excellence. Congratulations Elaine!

  5. Jenevee Spence

    November 9, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Dr. Bryan is such a wonderful person who has demonstrated her commitment to her community by her hard work and her numerous accomplishments. This article has provided an accurate description of the person, Dr. Bryan, her steadfast goal of improving the lives of students and her caring and supportive spirit.
    I am honored to be associated with her

  6. Long

    November 11, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Dr. Elaine Bryan is a good person. The article is a great for promoting and telling about Dr. Bryan. She cares about us and the people she is working with.

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