My Name is Anastasia Thompson; I was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago in the Woodlawn and Englewood Communities. My retired Grandfather raised me most of my life. He was a retired Streets Sanitation worker for the City of Chicago. He took pride in his hard-work and accomplishments. My grandmother and her husband, who later became my adopted father, raised me in my pre-teen and teenage years. They owned a restaurant, night club, and commercial property. By the time I was 12, I had already learned how to manage the afternoon/evening weekend shifts at the restaurant. My upbringing would later prove to be the catalyst that help me get to where I am today. I am proud to be a first Generation College Graduate. My Undergraduate studies took place at Lewis University. I received a Scholar B.A in Social Science and Social Work. I later went on to study at the Graduate level at Roosevelt University concentrating on Executive Leadership. I have over 20yrs of retail, sales, operations, and management experience. I worked 4 of those years in Retail Banking, the other 16yrs in Fortune 500 companies. I started my first business when I was in grade school selling homemade jewelry and candy! I currently sit on the Executive Board of a growing Apparel Company. I’ve Mentored, Developed, Trained, and Recruited over a 100 leaders. I believe I can offer everyone something! Even if it’s not what they want to hear at the time, it will be beneficial in the end. My hobbies include a love for fashion and traveling with my husband when I am not helping others build their better tomorrow.