When the Rachael Rollins campaign needed a point person for operations for the Inauguration ceremony hosted at RCC’s Media Arts Center, they called in Shana Bryant Consulting. Just three weeks shy of the big event, Bryant was tasked with managing volunteers, communicating with vendors, and general event management for an event that saw 700 attendees at the Media Arts Center and the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.
Working out the logistics comes naturally to Shana Bryant, Class of 2012; but she did not always view her expertise in operations as part of an income generating skill set. “As a team mom, I never understood why we didn’t know who was bringing the oranges to each game,” Bryant says of her natural attention to detail. Bryant’s frustration with other team parent’s cursory handling of simple tasks showed her it was not second nature to everyone; it was her own unique gift. When it comes to details, and their importance in the success or failure of an event, Bryant is at her best. She prides herself on her ability to execute what appears to be a flawless event while finding cost-effective ways to meet client demands.
“Success is you executing something you said you were going to do,”
Being detail-oriented is also what got her to kick things into final gear in order to cross the Commencement stage. When Bryant initially enrolled at RCC, her son was in the first grade. For several years, she balanced motherhood with pursuing her degree, without fully committing to her studies. Bryant watched as her son grew older and her own father took steps toward completing his degree through a program at Tufts University. According to Bryant, “2008 -2012 was a time of introspection. I kept telling myself ‘I’m going to finish this.’”
Realizing she did not want to be in college at the same time as her now high school age child, Bryant made finishing her degree a priority. “Success is you executing something you said you were going to do,” Bryant shared. Sacrificing nights and weekends, she plowed through her degree requirements in order to receive her A.A. in Health Careers. Through that experience, Bryant learned that setting smaller goals is the stairway to accomplishing your larger goals. After earning her associates degree, she set a new goal and went on to complete her bachelor’s degree in Political Science at UMass Boston, just two years later.
The strategy that allowed Bryant to earn her degrees allows her to successfully manage each event; Bryant listens to her clients’ vision and works alongside them to be accountable to the event timeline and to ensure that all deliverables are executed properly. As an entrepreneur and founder and CEO of Shana Bryant Consulting, where she specializes in project and event management, Bryant has become passionate about helping others to achieve their goals. Since co-chairing the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College’s Boston Area Chapter’s annual Blueprint Middle & High School Conference in 2015 and again in 2016, Bryant made significant strides in her career as a Task Master. From the Women’s Pipeline for Change and Chica Project to the Greater Boston Morehouse College Alumni Association (GBMCAA) and travel retreats with Linda’s “Wellness Warriors,” Bryant’s clients are accustomed to her knack for creating impactful events.
At the end of the Rollins event, Bryant remained in the Green Room making a final assessment. It dawned on her then that for the first time she was on campus not just as an alumnus but as pivotal part of one of the campus’ most historic events. She had become a Task Master for her alma mater.