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Alumnae Profiles: Stacey Dougan, C'98

Chef Stacey Dougan’s Simply Pure restaurant is in the new Downtown Container Park area of Las Vegas. This unique development uses repurposed shipping containers for entrepreneurs to follow their passions and attract people to a dynamic creative space with concerts, a park and an array of creative enterprises, including Chef Dougan’s innovative approach to healthy eating.

She says her brand of leadership stems from being a good visionary and a take-charge person, who is always trustworthy. “I do what I say I’m going to do. The biggest thing is leading by example. I won’t tell you to do something I’m not doing myself,” says Chef Dougan.

 “If my employees are working 12 hours a day, I’m working 14 or 15 hours. It’s caring for the people you’re working with. My biggest thing is to help other people realize their dreams through my vision, kind of like Oprah did with Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz.”

She credits Spelman with helping her realize her leadership potential. “It gave me such a sense of pride; it gave me a sense of self,” she says. “It’s the culture that’s created at Spelman – the top minds and talents in the world – in my opinion. And being there with President Johnnetta Cole was huge, such an inspiration!”

Her vision of 21st century leadership is based on transparency. “We need leaders that don’t necessarily bare everything about their backgrounds, but who are honest and honestly have other people’s interests at heart,” she says. “That’s essential. That’s what we’re here for: to help one another and make the world a better place.”

Career Highlights: Had a successful career in the television, radio and music industries working with such artists as Mary J. Blige and Kiki Wyatt; started a raw food restaurant in Atlanta; private chef for the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana; owner and operator, Sugar Cane health food store, Ghana.

*This article can be found in the Spring 2014 edition of the Spelman Messenger*

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