Onward & Upward with Alia Stevenson
One Such Amazing Woman is Alia Stevenson, Chief Programs Officer for the Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness. Thanks so much to Alia for sitting virtually with Leslie as part of our Onward & Upward with Leslie E. Royal program, brought to you by Ashro.
What Does Onward & Upward Mean to You?
“I love that statement and I love this question because when we think of onward, we’re thinking of future, we are moving forward and that is so critical for the work I do for the Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness here in Wisconsin and beyond and so critical for how I think about my life and my growth and my journey. So moving forward is so critical. And then when I think about upward, I think about the faith that drives me, my ancestors, who came before me as they support me on that journey. So I think about it almost as a dual track, right? That both are happening at the same time. I’m moving forward and upward in my growth and in my journey.”— Alia Stevenson
Alia Stevenson serves as Chief Programs Officer with The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness. An advocate for health, wellness, and equity, Alia brings a holistic approach to her work through assessing and improving environments to support the health needs of both individuals and organizations. She brings a track record of experience in shaping health equity efforts that disrupt disparities, and is an expert in team development, program planning, evaluation, and training facilitation.
Alia was recognized as one of Brava Magazine’s 2015 Women to Watch, is a 2017 graduate of Nehemiah’s African American Leadership Capacity & Development Institute, and a 2017-2018 Human Impact Partner Health Equity Awakened Fellow.
A former Foundation Board member and volunteer, Ms. Stevenson most recently worked for local government as the City of Madison’s Organizational Development Manager, and as Policy, Planning & Evaluation Manager and Health Equity Coordinator for Public Health Madison & Dane County. In these roles, she launched successful programming including the City of Madison’s Women’s Leadership Series and the Public Health Madison & Dane County’s health and racial equity team. Madison native,
Alia is an active member of the Greater Madison community, presently serving as Co-Chair of the Board for Forward Community Investments and on the board of Edgewood College’s Social Innovation and Sustainability Leadership Program.
Health & Wellness Tips from Alia
- Move in ways that feel good to your body! – Not everyone loves to run, or lift, or do yoga. Honor your body in ways that work for you, whether it’s hiking, dancing, biking. The point is to find what you enjoy, and stick to it!
- Good, is good enough! – Health and Wellness is not about perfection. You have not failed if you skip a day of movement, or overindulge in a sweet. Celebrate what you have accomplished, and challenge yourself to keep improving.
- Make it a date! – Spending time with my loved ones working out, cooking, or reading while improving my wellness is a WIN WIN!
- Health and Wellness is more than physical! Health and Wellness encompasses emotional, spiritual, physical and financial wellbeing. Find little ways you can invest in each area everyday!
Ashro Brand Ambassador Leslie E. Royal is also an author, international freelance writer, product review expert, and global travel journalist. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including: Medium, ESSENCE, Black Enterprise, FORTUNE.com, AAA Southern Traveler, Upscale, Upscale Living, and The Ashro Blog. She is the creator of the Leslie’s Lane consumer information blog and author of two books.