Typically, dreamers are thought to be overly-optimistic idealists who are either out of touch with reality or lacking the will power to change their circumstances Bryann Guyton, our first dreamer, laughs in the face of such dismissive definitions. She shows what not only what her dreams are made of, but also makes plain how accomplishing them will change the world.
Hailing from Richfield, Minnesota, Bryann literally has service in her blood. Early on, her parents instilled in her the importance of thinking of and doing for others. Not merely paying lip service, both her mother and father dedicated their lives to helping others. Her father continues to work for the local Ronald McDonald House and her mother has contributed to the success of several non profit organizations over the years. The lessons her parents instilled proved necessary much earlier than anyone could have imagined. At an age when most young adults are figuring out who exactly they want to be or what their dreams are, the intensification of her mother’s illness forced Bryann to grow up very quickly. Nonetheless, the strength forged during those tough moments propelled Bryann to begin her collegiate education at North Dakota State University. After successfully completing her first year, she stepped even farther out on her own, transferring to Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina on a basketball scholarship.
Less than a year away from completing her bachelor’s degree in business administration, Bryann has already accomplished many of the goals she set when she first matriculated to Shaw. In those first days in Raleigh, she knew that she wanted to be an active community member. During her reign as Miss Black and Gold of The Beta Rho Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated she has worked in multiple leadership capacities for the Movement of Youth organization. This student led non-profit organization is a mentorship program for young people in the surrounding community. Bryann’s work as a mentor is critical not only to her future endeavors, but also to pay homage to the mentors who have molded her into the astute young business woman she has become.
Looking forward, Bryann hopes to own multiple successful businesses and to reside in the southern region of the United States. Of course, she will maintain her commitment to service and faithfully volunteer in her local community. In the more immediate future Bryann will continue to expand the Movement of Youth on Shaw’s campus, by the close of the academic year the group will be a chartered organization. Additionally, she is planning two conferences with Vitalink, HBCUgrow, and Innovation Lab. In her free time, Bryann will continue freelance modeling and exploring new art exhibits. In both her professional and personal endeavors Bryann embodies servant leadership and models how individual success can lead to communal growth.
Bryann’s story reminds us of what dreams can do. Dreams can pull us through dark moments and inspire our greatest achievements. Our dreams enable us to set achievable goals in order to better our communities and ourselves. In a world that continuously denies our humanity, dreams give us something to believe in, more importantly, they help us to believe in ourselves.
We wish you well Bryann, peace.