By Michele Mitchum
Swan aims to inspire veterans, build resilience and offer hope
University of Phoenix celebrates the accomplishments of its alumna Takosha Swan, MBA, who has launched a Georgia nonprofit, The Veteran Anthem, following her service in two military branches and the Iraq war. Swan, who received her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University, aims to support veterans who may be struggling mentally to find a sense of community and purpose. The nonprofit followed Swan’s composition of a song by the same name, both endeavors intending to convey a sense of hope and inspiration to her fellow veterans.
“When I began my work helping veterans, I realized there was something missing in terms of emotional support” shares Swan. “There are many services available for veterans, but there was a spiritual and inspirational piece missing, which is why I wrote “The Veteran Anthem” and started the nonprofit. My hope is that by spreading a message of inspiration and purpose, veterans and their families will have access to all the resources they need to live a successful and happy life.”
Swan has received multiple recognitions for her work with veterans. Last year, Swan received a commendation from Georgia Governor Brian Kemp for her work with veterans and for her original composition, “The Veteran Anthem.” In 2019, Swan was appointed to the State Board of Veterans and currently serves as Vice-Chair. In the Georgia General Assembly there are currently two resolutions (S.R. 122 and H.R. 347) to make “The Veteran Anthem” the official song of Georgia service members, veterans and their families. Swan has also been invited to perform the anthem at the Georgia State Capitol this spring.
“Takosha’s dedication to veterans in Georgia, and across the country, is a powerful example of servant leadership” stated Eric Ryan, Marine Corps veteran and senior director of Military Operations at University of Phoenix. “Her years of military service and dedication to improving the experiences of veterans and their families is remarkable, and we are tremendously proud of her accomplishments. Seeing our veteran alumni embrace mission-driven work and making a positive difference in their communities is truly inspiring.”
Swan earned her MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2010, and a bachelor’s degree in business management in 2008, and still sees value in those experiences. “I’m so happy the University of Phoenix was there for me to complete my education with the help of veteran education benefits,” Swan shares. “I had a newborn when I decided to go back to school, and University of Phoenix provided the flexibility I needed to attend school online despite many life changes and challenges.”
University of Phoenix MBA programs continue to feature practitioner perspective and courses are taught by faculty with an average of 28 years of industry experience. In addition to the traditional MBA program that Swan completed, University of Phoenix now also offers the competency-based Master of Business Administration (MBA-CB) degree program, intended to fast-track students who demonstrate on-the-job skills.
Read more about The Veteran Anthem here.
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