Bethune-Cookman University Alumna Laila Darby Testimony

The Great Bethune-Cookman University was the driving force to promotional career moves and higher education for Laila Darby.  She is currently seeking her doctorate degree in Business Administration with a minor in Management at the prestigious Saint Leo University and her anticipated graduation is May 2018. 

Apart from being a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), I wanted to be connected to a university that had a history that represented the rich culture of uplifting women to academic excellence.  When I reflect on the educational journey at BCU, I often think about the techniques the professors used to engage the students; the ability to have the students think critically of varies outcomes that they may encounter in their careers was substantial in my ability to seek promotions in my career.  When I obtained my Masters of Science in Transformative Leadership degree at BCU (c/o 2013), I understood my leadership style to be democratic.  My leadership style reflects the democratic influence that takes a participatory role with the members of the team.  This leadership style empowers the workforce with the guidance of the leader.

Laila joined the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) in May 2017 after a short tenure with the Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri (HAKC). She serves as the Deputy Director of the Housing Choice Voucher program and Client Services for HANO. 

She anticipates continuing her career in Low-Income and Affordable Housing and becoming a part-time Adjunct Professor in Business Administration or Human Resource Management once she completes her Doctoral degree.