Today we’d like to introduce you to Asya Steele.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am from a very small town called Eutaw, Alabama where everyone knows everyone. When I made the decision to attend Tuskegee University to study Mechanical Engineering, everything shifted for me. The varied opportunities that I was fortunate to have from becoming the Vice President of Student Government to pledging Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. to getting multiple internships with The Boeing Company, my purpose began to become more dynamic and clear. I soon found out that my ever-evolving journey to fulfilling my calling on Earth would be a unique one – one less traveled. God made that very clear.
I couldn’t make sense of the dynamics of what I began discovered within myself nor the possibility of the pieces I had yet to reveal. This is where I learned that it’s okay to not fit in a box. I am a creative who thinks with both sides of her brain that became an engineer, and carry an immense passion for evolving young women. My ultimate purpose is to be a light to others by encouraging them to become the best version of themselves through whatever medium I have been assigned to at that moment. Once that was affirmed within myself, I started to live it out.
I have reached three years in my career at The Boeing Company and is currently an Airline Support Engineer/Account Manager for the South America Region. At 23 years old, I am the youngest person in my division which means YOU can succeed at whatever opportunity you have been graced to take on. I am the Co-CEO of CrossEyed Visionaries with my business partner and best friend, Mich’a Gary. I love to sing, speak, and write to bring hope and courage to people as well.
I got where I am by taking faith steps (trusting in God’s perfect plan) and not allowing the rigid norms to keep me in a box.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road. There has been a lot of breaking and building within my journey. As the young, black, female engineer in my field, things aren’t as easy as it may be for others. There are multiples challenges I had to work through and one of them was to not only “sit at the table”, but “find my voice at the table.” As hard as companies may invest in diversity and inclusion programs , there are still areas of opportunities for some people to grasp the shift that is happening within the STEM field. Whether you are in the tech-industry or not, there is a conscious tingle you experience when you walk into a room where no one looks like you. But, there is a decision we must make when that happens. We can allow the tingle to become fear and snatch our voice or we can leverage the tingle to become a champion and pave a way for others. I had to begin to speak up in confidence knowing that my additions to the conversation not only mattered but were needed.
Even becoming a co-business owner while having a full-time engineering career, is challenging. It requires a lot of time and sacrifice. But, if God has given us something to release into the world, we must release it because someone’s life is depending on it. Our gifts, talents, and multi-disciplinary perspective could change the world. We just have to be brave enough to do it!
If you have a passion or something that needs to be released to the world, DO IT! No matter how huge the vision is, start somewhere TODAY!
We’d love to hear more about CrossEyed Visionaries.
CrossEyed Visionaries is ministry (community) that encourages believers and non-believers to live life authentically for Jesus Christ. We pride ourselves on having life-changing experiences for people to come and discover a new level of awareness of who they are and what they are called to do. During the span of 2018, we kicked off two events: “The Experience” and “The Shift.”
“The Experience” (held in Hartford, CT) was an occasion full of exciting networking, professionally led ‘Sip & Paint’, food, games, music, and corporate prayer. This experience was to provide a sense of community for people to connect, become inspirited, and support small business owners that were vending.
“The Shift” (held in Los Angeles, CA) was space to shift our guest to a new dimension of purpose and destiny 30 days before the New Year through live music, spoken word, networking, games, food, corporate prayer, and a Vision Board Afterparty.
Giving back to our local community is very important to our vision. For Christmas, CrossEyed donated toys and toiletries to a shelter in Long Beach, California, and Baltimore, Maryland.
So much of the media coverage is focused on the challenges facing women today, but what about the opportunities? Do you feel there are any opportunities that women are particularly well positioned for?
There are an immense amount of opportunities that women are well positioned for. But, most importantly, there are so many positions, missions, corporations, and organizations that women are more than equipped to create for themselves that will reach an untouched audience. WomEn are brilliant. We have perspective that is unique. As many of us take on those new positions and seats at tables, there will be many others (of us) who will CREATE a table! But, never let anyone put you in a box.
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