Alisha Anne Poland
The Platform Magazine|January 2017

Happy New Year everyone.

Chris Franz

A new year usually brings with it resolutions to start anew or to find ways to motivate ourselves and be inspired to reach new personal goals. This month’s article is all about someone who is sure to inspire and without a doubt set the standard for other women to achieve success. Alisha Poland is a woman who is not only brilliant, she is also beautiful inside and out. Her commitment and example of giving back to the community is quite an achievement. Alisha is also the proud Mom of a thirteen year old straight A student who is following in her mother’s footsteps by raising money for many charitable organizations. Her daughter is also a member of the National Honor Society. If you are looking for a definition for empowerment of women, look no further than Alisha Poland. Her resume in business is quite impressive and she is also involved in the production of documentaries. She loves her work. Wait, there is more. Alisha is also a fashion model with a growing portfolio and she can be found walking the runways of DC and New York. I have met this woman and it’s with great pleasure I get to feature her here in the Platform Magazine.

Chris: Alisha your resume is quite impressive. Please give us a little insight as to what you do.

Alisha: Thank you Chris for your kind words! I consider myself a Business Development and Operations Executive who has a decade of experience mainly focused on working with the US Government as a Leader in Government Contracting. I pride myself in being a leader and not a boss who believes in hiring people who are more talented, brilliant and smarter than myself. To be honest Chris, I couldn’t have predicated I would be where I am today when I was in my twenties. So I make it a part of my life’s mission to continue and mentor others, mainly women to work on their mindset, to believe in themselves and their capabilities. I believe in empowering my team through positive reinforcement and overall management style of working to build people up and gain their trust. See when they trust me, they are able to see themselves through my eyes and I see good in all the protégés and staff that work with me. For years my signature block on emails has included the quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson “Nothing Great in Life was ever achieved without enthusiasm”. I believe myself to be tenacious in building new business, leveraging and improving operating and service delivery models, securing customer loyalty, and forging strong relationships with external business partners. I started my own company last year “Universal Identity, LLC” www.universalidentityllc.com and plan on continuing to work to find the right candidates and the right solutions for my customers.

Chris: You have raised so much money for so many different organizations. Can you tell us how you became involved in giving so much back to the community?

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