As Nipsey Hussle said, “The game will test you, never fold. Stay ten toes down. It’s not on you. It’s in you, and what’s in you, they can’t take away”, is Gia’s favorite quote.
Gia Taijae Tejeda, 19, is an alumna of Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs, GA, and has decided to further her education at Spelman College. She launched her first business at the age of 16 and held the title of CEO of Pretty Hair Posse, Inc., a company that represents women empowerment. We encourage young women all around the world to embrace their natural hair and beauty while turning them into CEO. Pretty Hair Posse provides an opportunity for young adults to raise funding for college in the event their parents are financially challenged. PHP is influential in the Girl Boss industry and is truly changing lives for the better. Pretty Hair Posse has been able to host various events such as the “Get Glammed Pop Up Shop” and the “Teen Girl Empowerment Tour,” including the Essence Festival in New Orleans, LA. These fashion and hair expos are all designed to empower young girls and create opportunities for them to earn their college funding. Before graduating high school, Gia created a virtual “glam-book” Gia’s Couture Kloset, to express her love of fashion while selling pieces that are “exclusive” to her.
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Additionally, Gia is the founder of All Things College, which educates parents and students on college readiness, creating a competitive application, standardized exams, and scholarships. This line of work is extremely near and dear to Gia’s heart because she is passionate about helping others break the cycle of poverty. Gia strongly believes that if more minority kids receive an elite education that this will help to improve their community and disrupt the poverty cycle.
While pursuing her high school diploma at Hillgrove, she has been on the honor roll multiple semesters and has been recognized on several occasions for excellence in academic achievement. Gia was honored as the BOLD Scholarship Award recipient for 2017 from Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta. In her essay, she wrote about her journey of being a young entrepreneur and how she is taking the initiative to be different, to be bold at the age of 17. She was awarded the Bold award and scholarship. Gia was also recognized as a problem solver and someone who demonstrates excellent character; she received the Dr.Hill award from her school.
Despite a full academic schedule, Gia invests her time and energy into making herself and her community better through her involvement in several schools and community organizations like Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), National Business Honor Society, Leaders of Tomorrow with The National Black MBA Association, and The Speech and Debate Team. While serving these organizations, Gia held titles such as vice president, secretary, and community service and fundraiser officer.
When Gia is not in school or running her business, shopping, traveling, and spending time with her family. 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, students within her community, or her Spelman Sisters, the thing that drives Gia is knowing she has the opportunity to make an impact.
While at Spelman, Gia is pursuing a major in economics and a minor in management and organization. She is a student leader on campus and has plans to make her mark on campus. She is a member of the Economics Club, Sister Keeping it Real Through Service (SKIRTS), Morehouse Business Association, and Vice President of Girls Going Global. After Spelman, Gia will pursue graduate school and obtain her MBA at Stanford University or 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.