An entrepreneur since the age of 24, Marva Allen has led many companies to success. A technologist, author, publisher, bookstore owner and Business School University Professor, Allen brings pedagogy, vision and experience to the leadership to everything she is involved in. A national speaker and lecturer on entrepreneurship, Allen’s influential footprint spans multiple disciplines.
Ms. Allen was president and co-owner of USI, a multi-million dollar technology firm that was thrice nominated for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneurship Award. She is the recipient of numerous business awards, including the IBM & Kodak Excellence Awards, and was named a Crain’s 40 Under 40 Award for significantly achieving in business before her 40th birthday. Allen, a nominee of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan. She joined the Hue-Man Bookstore in New York City, as a majority partner and became CEO in 2004. Under her stewardship, Hue-Man gained worldwide brand recognition. Currently, she is on the faculty of Touro University’s Graduate School of Business, where she teaches entrepreneurship and often consults with entrepreneurial organizations in need of restructuring.
A national speaker and lecturer on entrepreneurship, Allen’s influential footprint spans multiple disciplines. She holds a BSN from SGI in England; a B.S in Biology from the University of Michigan; and an M.S. in Health & Business Administration. She was a past member of the University of Michigan’s CSP Board, Eastern Michigan Hospitality Board, the IBM Great Lakes Region Board, the General Motors Diversity Board, a member of the Board of Trustees for St. Hope Leadership Academy founded by NBA player Kevin Johnson among others. A recipient of the 2008 New York Urban League Frederick Douglass Award, Allen has received myriad proclamations and citations from the community of Harlem.
As a noted book subject matter expert, Allen has been the “go to” person for books for NPR, NBC, and has been featured in the New York Times, NYSE Diversity Magazine (she rang the closing bell for Wall Street), Time Out, Sister to Sister, Black Enterprise, PGW Magazine, Amsterdam News, and hosted a weekly book show on Arise America. She also appeared on Good Morning America as spokesperson for her technology company USI.
Allen is the author of two books, Protégée and Camouflage the sequel. She was a contributing writer to Open a World of Possible, (2014, Scholastics). She is working on two new works for publication.
As a partner in the Akashic/Open Lens imprint, she has expertise on all fronts of the publishing industry. Allen has been instrumental in guiding the success of many authors’ books by creating one of-a-kind events which have enjoyed success worldwide. She spearheaded the First Literary Festival in Anguilla and hosted major events for Toni Morrison, President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Maya Angelou among many others. She consults with celebrities and high profile authors who want out-of-the-box thinking on marketing, promoting, and selling their books.
Her latest venture, Wordeee is a social, digital platform with the power to redefine the future of words through value chain disruption. It’s all about putting creative power back into the hands of the creators. Exploiting the power of words across media platforms is our vision. Wordeee was built with equality in mind and on the notion that the global digital playground generates exciting, diverse content.
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