Torch Talk Webinar: "Success Through Adversity" with Akilah Darden

· By Pass the Torch for Women Foundation
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Thu, Jun 10th 2021 at 6:30 PM EDT
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Join this session to learn how to push through adversity to achieve your goals, how to overcome the pandemic as a parent, and utilizing being a parent to your benefit.


About Speaker:

Akilah W. Darden, MBA LEED BD+C, President of The Darden Group, LLC an award winning Executive Construction Management company assisting leadership teams in strategy, process, and management of large complex commercial projects. The Darden Group, LLC specializes in projects requiring critical advanced planning, difficult staging and logistics, future development projects spanning multiple market sectors, fast track schedules and maintenance of ongoing operations. The Darden Group, LLC is a certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Women Owned Small Business (WOSB), and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE).

With over 21 years of management experience on commercial projects up to $1 Billion, Akilah's experience has offered her the ability to develop long lasting client relationships which has given us an expansive multi- level network. Passion for building relationships both internally and externally for project pursuits, she have built a company focused on understanding a client’s needs and then engaging the appropriate subject matter experts to meet and exceed both needs and expectations. Akilah has managed over $1B in commercial construction projects located in Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland, Indiana, Washington, and Arkansas.

With expertise in project delivery, successful multi-disciplinary team management, strategic client and small business development, business development, mentor and mother of four, Akilah has a proven track record for success. Akilah has experience in numerous market sectors, to include Healthcare, Aviation, Government, Institutional, Office, Education: K-12 and Higher Ed, Cultural/Religious, Interiors, Renovation, Historic Preservation, Restoration, Sustainable and Mission Critical.

While maintaining a full-time career in managing the construction management company, Akilah is very active in the community. She is currently serving as President of the Board of Directors for ACE Mentoring of America Indianapolis affiliate. She is also active on the board for the Advancement Center Board for Washington Township, Pass The Torch for Women, the advisory board for Stand for Children, and treasurer for her families' 501c3 organization, Donald White / Mandla Ndwanya Memorial Fund. She is past President of her children’s PTO and speaks regularly to high school students about Construction, Architecture and Engineering.

In her first year of business, 2020 Akilah was the award recipient of the CLD Business & Industry achievement award, featured in over 110 news affiliates including American Reporter, MarketWatch, Fox News, NBC news, and Indianapolis Recorder. Yahoo! Finance just named Akilah on of the Top 10 Most Powerful Women of 2021, Chicago Journal named her Top 20 Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2020 and US Insider named Akilah Top 20 Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2021. Akilah enjoys public speaking, volunteering, mentoring, and has been asked to be mistress of ceremonies and a guest on a few podcasts.

Akilah is a proud wife of 13 years to Travis Darden and mother of four children: six-year old identical twin girls Alana and Tiana and two boys: Aiden and Travis Darden, Jr. (JR) ages eight and ten. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, shopping, and cooking. Mrs. Darden has a book of poetry in the Library of Congress and has had a patent pending on children’s apparel.

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