Our Story

Eliza Mary Global Network (EMGN) was born through a mastermind program that our founder Melisa Alaba facilitated in the summer of 2016. The group was comprised of powerful women on a mission to help advance each other and grow their businesses. Over the course of three months, the members increased their networks, developed a new mindset and held each other accountability for their big dreams. It was during this time that Melisa wondered what if every woman of color had a community like this one. Melisa knew that so many businesses failed because they didn’t have the right support, limited mindset or lacked connections that could build their business. Melisa decided to change that!

Elevate Me Global Network was launched in March 2016. Because social entrepreneurship was so important to the foundation of the organization Elevate Me Global Network became The Eliza Mary Global Network in August of 2016. This change highlighted the social impact that entrepreneurs and business women of color have in the community. In the spirit of Mary Eliza Church Terrell whose accomplishments, activism, and philanthropy was made possible through her parents who used entrepreneurship to set a new course. We honor the achievements of Mary Eliza Church who was a charter member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People( NAACP), Co- Founder and first president of the National Association of Colored Women, an advocate of women’s rights and philanthropist. It is with this spirit that we call ourselves an EM Sister.  At the heart of EMGN, we are dedicated to helping women build businesses that thrive through creating powerful connections and education.

 We launched with our first conference (IWD Summit)  in honor of women on International Women’s day on the beautiful campus of Georgia Tech college in collaboration with Ivan Allen College Global Women's Entrepreneurship Initiative (GWEI). It was followed by chapter launches in Washington DC and Chicago, Illinois. Eliza Mary Global Network continues to thrive towards fulfilling its mission and vision..

Our Mission

Our mission is to uplift, encourage and support women of color in creating a financial legacy through entrepreneurship and corporate pursuits. We fulfill this mission by facilitating powerful connections, providing leadership and business development, sharing new opportunities and advocating in our communities and abroad for women.

Our Vision

We are a global sisterhood of world class leaders and business owners who are committed to economic empowerment and service. We are making a significant impact in our communities and around the world.

Our Motto

“Real Women. Real Business. Real Life.” 
We are the women who network and grow our best lives on purpose. We are mothers. We are wives. We are sisters. We are daughters. We live real lives. And because of this, we are redefining how women connect.

MEET OUR FOUNDER

Melisa Alaba is the founder and CEO of Eliza Mary Global Network (EMGN). A global organization that connects, educates and advocates for women of color in business. Melisa has helped thousands of clients discover their purpose and rock their life for over 15 years.  Melisa is dedicated to coaching women into personal freedom by identifying their life’s purpose and choosing entrepreneurship as a liberation system to live the life that they love. Melisa is a strong advocate for women’s rights, economic empowerment for women and supports domestic violence initiatives.

Melisa Alaba is also a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Life Purpose Coach. She is a graduate of Roosevelt University. Melisa teaches her Life Purpose programs on-line and in live events.  Melisa also speaks at college campuses, empowerment events and on community forums.

 Ms. Alaba is the author of Live Out Loud, 52 ways to Reawaken Your Spirit and Live a Life of Purpose. Live Out Loud is featured in the movie, “72 Hours”.  Melisa has appeared on; Fox News, Ebony Magazine, Parents Magazine, ABC.com, BBC.com, Redbook Magazine, US News and World Report.com, and in many other notable publications, radio broadcasts, and television appearances. You can connect with Melisa at melisaalaba.com.

EM Chapter Directors

Dru Ealons

Dru Ealons is the founder and chief executive officer of The Ealons Group, LLC (TEG), a boutique consulting firm providing strategic consultation in the areas of entrepreneurship and career development. TEG’s specialty is helping individuals find their passion, create a roadmap and launch into their destiny. Prior to starting her firm. Ms. Ealons served as a senior official in President Barack Obama’s Administration at the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Additionally, she served as the director of development for a homeless shelter for women and children and diversity and community relations executive for a national magazine and book publishing company. With more than 17 years’ experience, Ms. Ealons helps her clients enhance their business and career goals, establish profitable relationships and increase their bottom line. Ms. Ealons lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband, Corey Ealons and their son, Maxwell. She currently serves as the national director of public policy and advocacy for Mocha Moms, Inc. and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Media appearances include her own political and lifestyle blog,www.druealons.com, TV One’s NewsOne Now with Roland S. Martin, NPR’s All things Considered Weekend with Michel Martin, and Momsrising.org.

Crystal Dyer

The founding owner and operator of Gone Again Travel and Tours, Crystal Dyer has 16 years in both retail and wholesale. Ms. Dyer also has extensive community networking and social media experience which will enhance the agency’s ability to stay vibrant in the world. An award winning Travel Agency, Gone Again Travel & Tours specializes in customized itineraries for Individuals, Family Vacations, Group Retreats, Reunions. and Cruises, worldwide. Ms. Dyer has been featured in the Dekalb Champion Newspaper; People you need to know Women's Magazine and received the 2012 Star Award for making a difference in the travel industry by helping people with special needs travel in comfort. A portion of our proceeds also supports Chicago Austin Travel Services Youth Edventures Scholarships. Our experienced Special Event Travel Planners and commitment to our customers’ satisfaction has earned us a solid reputation in the travel industry and the African American community since 1999 Gone Again Travel.