We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Darlene Allen Nichols and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Nichols, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind my success is definitely my relationship with God. My spirituality serves as the driving force to keep me encouraged, grounded and strengthened as an entrepreneur.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I serve as the CEO of DAN INC, a nonprofit organization which specializes in educational training, family counseling, business and startup consulting and leadership training, We are located on the south side of Chicago and our corporate office caters to the community by providing educational programming for women, youth and young adults. We foster a commitment to our program participants that will promote strong interpersonal skills, pro-social friendships and reassert a sense of hope in the future.
Our vision is to be an international catalyst and trusted voice by which people of all backgrounds and nationalities can experience spiritual wholeness, success in life and become responsible global citizens.
Our mission is to create a comprehensive learning environment conducive for the holistic growth, personal development and empowerment of women, youth and young adults. We achieve this through our mentoring, education & training, counseling and inspirational programs.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d love to go downtown and walk the magnificent mile! There are tons of places to shop, eat and explore. The Starbucks Restaurant has three floors to tour, and the experience is amazing, The buildings are beautiful, the food is amazing and the entertainment is phenomenal. There are an array of historical buildings and museums to visit. The culture, technology and art is mind blowing.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Special thanks to my husband Eugene Nichols Jr, and my amazing team for making it happen! Ebony, Je’Nale, Tasha, Marlene, Gino, Miracle, Stephanie, Austin, Melodee and LaShaunda!