TeQuion Brookins: MBA, MSF, and Crain’s 20 in their Twenties

Walsh alumna TeQuion Brookins (MBA/MSF ‘18) is all business in everything she does. Brookins’ original career plan was in healthcare; in fact she has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. After graduation, while working in banking, her interest in business, which she’d had since childhood, grew. She felt a strong desire to be challenged and lead, and decided to go back to school. When it came to continuing her education, Brookins knew exactly where to go. She enrolled at Walsh in the Dual Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Finance Program.

“When I think of business school, I think of Walsh. Both of my parents are alumni and I knew I needed a school that fit into my work schedule,” Brookins said. “While there are other schools that offer that, you lose some of the prestige. Walsh offers prestige and was also tailored to my need to balance work and school. That was extremely helpful.”

Shortly after starting at Walsh, Brookins took an entry-level position at the McGregor Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the alleviation of chronic homelessness and unemployment in Detroit. In her time there she has been promoted three times and now serves as the foundation’s first director of operations. In this role she oversees all aspects of the organization’s operations including facilities, human resources, grants management and information technology. “I love what I do. I get to help people while focusing on areas of business I am passionate about.”

Brookins said she often uses what she learned at Walsh in her work. “Applying what I learned in the classroom to what we’re doing at McGregor really helped elevate my role,” she said. “Leveraging what I learned at Walsh and directly applying it to initiatives I was doing at work was instrumental in my ability to establish my credibility as a business leader.”

Brookins’ hard work and dedication to helping others both inside and outside of the office was recently recognized in the 2020 program of Crain’s Detroit Business’ 20 in their Twenties.

Driven for Success

Working full time and attending classes really made Brookins prioritize her time. She said that sacrifice and commitment were key for her success in school and at work. She also benefited from the library services Walsh offers and taking the majority of her classes online. “The library resources were a huge help when I was researching business plans and market analysis development for my classes but also for my business endeavors,” she said.

About her online classes she said, “Most times I was working multiple jobs, so online classes helped me balance school and work. But they were a challenge – Walsh is not easy! Online classes require discipline.”

Building Connections

For Brookins, Walsh presented many opportunities to make connections. In addition to using what she was learning at school in projects she was spearheading at work, she connected with faculty throughout her program. Professor Bill Greshak supported Brookins during her capstone. “That was the hardest class I ever took,” she said. “He helped us learn to think critically and creatively on our feet.” Terri Richards was motivating and personable. “She taught me the importance of compassion and appreciating the human element when conducting business with people.” Bruce Beaumont helped her understand the “nuts and bolts” of the 2008 financial crisis, and Marla Scafe took a difficult subject, statistics, and made it understandable and even fun! “My professors shared stories of their own professional experiences, which made it feel ‘real’,” she said. “They all taught me valuable lessons that I continue to use in my career today.”

Now that she is through with school, Brookins has found Walsh continues to offer her opportunities to connect with others. “Walsh’s reputation is great for networking. When I meet someone and we discover we both went to Walsh, we feel like we’re part of a family,” she said.

Passion for Serving Others

Brookins’ love of business and helping others extends beyond her work at the McGregor Fund. “Business is what captivates me from the time I wake up to the time I go to sleep,” she said. In her personal time, she offers business and professional development consulting to entrepreneurs and students, helping with website design, trademarking, career coaching, and more. She also founded The Minority Freedom Community Fund, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving lives of minorities through economic support, social programs, and holistic wellness.

“My parents were entrepreneurs and they instilled in me the value of education, hard work and self-improvement. I am motivated daily by the overwhelming need that exists in my community and around the world. That my knowledge and experiences might be able to help meet those needs inspires me. I see myself as a vessel to help other people.”

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