Qyana is a Tech, Social, and EdTech entrepreneur, social justice advocate, educator, speaker, and award-winning philanthropist with over 20 years of combined experience in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. By training, she is a certified Software Product and Project Manager and is passionate about developing technologies that solve complex social problems in our world. As an entrepreneur, Qyana serves as the CEO & Principal Consultant of GlobalForce Tech Consulting, LLC, a technology and software development company, and President of GlobalForce For Girls, Inc., an education technology nonprofit founded during the pandemic.
Passionate about higher education and the advancement of Black women in STEM, innovation, and entrepreneurship, she plays active roles in the higher education ecosystem. Qyana serves as a Mentor-in-Residence for The George Washington University Office of Innovation (OIE) & Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the University of Maryland College Park’s UM Ventures program. Active in the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps network, she serves as mentor and instructor for the Mid-Atlantic I-Corps Hub and technology industry mentor for National I-Corps.
In continued support of entrepreneurs and small business growth and development throughout DC, she serves as the Program Director of the Entrepreneur Development Network DC (EDNDC). EDNDC, established in partnership between George Washington University and Howard University in 2021, is a business model training program built on the Lean Startup methodology. EDNDC supports diverse, DC-based entrepreneurs and small business owners as they seek to redefine success for their ventures post-COVID-19. The program, is grant-funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation.
Qyana holds a Master of Science degree in Information Technology, a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from the University of Maryland University College, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Howard University. She returned to her alma mater in the fall of 2021 as a Ph.D. student in the School of Education, Higher Education Leadership & Policy Studies (HELPS) Ph.D. program and serves as the Graduate Research Assistant in the College of Engineering and Architecture, Department of Mechanical Engineering.