Gia Taijae Tejeda is 20, a sophomore Economics major with a minor in management and organization 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. 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 advocate 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. Gia saw a need within her community and began to help one scholar at a time change their narrative. Reaching students who feel as though “it’s too late” or have been told “they would never amount to anything” is most important in Gia’s mission because she knows those same sentiments. Essentially, All Things College will make an impact, regardless of how big or small.
The future is defined by the barriers we break.
Gia graduated from Hillgrove with a 3.4 GPA, a 29 on the ACT, and a 1360 on the SAT. Gia was honored as the BOLD Scholarship Award and scholarship recipient for 2017 from Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta. Gia served as Vice President for Leaders of Tomorrow, National Black MBA Association Atlanta Chapter. She was a member of FBLA for her entire high school career and served as a community service and fundraiser officer as a senior. Furthermore, Gia was also recognized as a problem solver and demonstrated excellent character; she received the Dr.Hill award from her school.
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, that 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 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 an induction to Goldman Sachs and deep dive of 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.
After Spelman, Gia will pursue graduate school and obtain her M.B.A. at Stanford University or the Wharton School of business.
Gia’s quote to live by comes from 1 John 4:4, and it states, “Greater is he, that is in me than he that is in this world.