Teneka Steed

Dr. Teneka Steed (Washington, DC)

Career: Statistician & Founder/CEO of Willene Agency (a research firm)

1- How did you become a professional in your current field?  I started my own research firm after my NASA contract ended as a Senior Statistician in 2014. I’ve been doing scientific research in the health and education since 2003. I fell in love with statistics and using data to solve problems + answer thought-provoking research questions as a Psychology Major in undergraduate school.

2- What 3 tips would you give someone struggling to reach their goals? First, focus on WHY you are working to reach a goal. Your goal should be tied to a strong why because if it is not, you’ll lose focus and most likely not complete that goal successfully. Once you’re clear on why you want to accomplish a goal, next create a plan to execute that goal. Look for role models and mentors to help you if possible, read books and magazines to help you stay focused and motivated, etc. Lastly, celebrate yourself before, during and after completing the goal. Set milestones while working on your goals and when you complete those milestones celebrate.

3- Name the top 3 goals you achieved?

#1 Receiving my Doctoral Degree in Research Methodology

#2 Starting my Research Firm

#3 Giving back to young women in my community.

4- What inspired you to reach your goals? I grew up poor and I wanted more out of life…I never wanted to feel broke or struggle in my life as an adult.

5- How did you overcome obstacles to reaching your goals? I never gave up! Life has ups and downs but I stay encouraged regardless of setbacks and rejections. I didn’t let limitations stop me because I knew if I dreamt it then I could do it. We live in a reality where you can create anything from your mind. Just believe in yourself and dreams. Then get to work on them no matter what comes your way…keep going.

6- How do you keep your inspiration from decreasing? Belief in myself!

Dr. Teneka Steed is doing amazing work at https://360mindful.com and https://www.willeneagency.com