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Tiawana T.
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

"I am blessed to be the mother of a beautiful 8-year-old daughter. I just completed my MBA program at Webster University George Herbert Walker School of Business in St. Louis. I am a 17-year employee of Barnes-Jewish Hospital. I am a faithful member of Kennerly Temple COGIC, where my pastor is Bishop R.J. Ward. I am the local Sunshine Band leader at my church, a Girl Scout troop leader and a Parent Advisory Board member in the Jennings School District. I am very single (hint, hint), and seeking a leadership position (hint, hint), one in which I can display my knowledge, experience and skill set."

What is your favorite OWN show?
My favorite show on OWN has to be Raising Whitley. She is so funny and we are in similar situations.

What are your three favorite things?
My three favorite things will have to be pizza, Imo's to be exact, a good leather bag and shoes.

What would your superpower be?
My superpower would be a hyper-photographic memory. I would love to be able to remember everything about my childhood. I do have memories that I cherish, but I wish I could remember those special moments and conversations with my grandmother.

What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Honestly, the first thing I do is check the clock to see how much longer I can sleep before it is time to get up. Of course, the very next thing I do is say, "Thank you, Jesus," for waking me up.

What is the last thing you do before you go to bed?
I rub my 8-year-old-daughter's forehead with blessed oil and pray for her every night before I go to bed.

What is the one item you can't live without, and why?
My bible. It comforts me. Whenever I am feeling discouraged I can open my bible and be encouraged. To God be the glory!

What do you like that most people dislike?
I like my quiet time. A lot of people can't be alone. To me, this is my time to sit still. It allows me time to make sure I'm centered, staying balanced and keeping my peace and sanity.

What are you proudest of?
I am proudest of being the first grandchild to graduate from high school, the first in my family to go to and graduate from both undergraduate and graduate school. I try to be the best example for my younger sisters and my cousins.

Who is your hero?
My grandmother, Alma Thomas. She was an awesome, God-fearing mother of 10 children, 25 grandchildren and, at the time of her demise, 16 great-grandchildren. My grandparents raised all of their children in the church and advocated for education. I was honored to have my grandmother see me walk across the stage at my high school graduation and to see me go off to college. I know that she was proud to know that I went further than even I expected. I am the first in my family to graduate from college and to earn an MBA, and it's all because my grandmother told me that she was "Sooooo Proud!" of me.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Women who leave the restroom without washing their hands, oh, how that bothers me. I tend to ask them, "Are you really not going to wash your hands?," and the replies I get are hilarious,

What would you like to learn to do?
I would love to learn to knit. I know that sounds lame, but I take the Metrolink (public transportation) to work daily and I think that would be a good way to pass time, a good hobby.

What are you particularly bad at that your friends tease you about?
Approaching men. I am very friendly and I have always had male friends, but I honestly believe that men should approach women when they are attracted. Men always flirt, but they seldom approach me and I am too afraid to approach them.
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