Using the principles of psychology, I help individuals develop greater confidence, master their mindset and create a plan for achieving their dreams. My programs are uniquely designed to help you achieve results fast! As an example, using advanced techniques, I have trained executives, professionals, leaders and individuals who were afraid of public speaking, to be able to pitch their businesses and become award winning speakers in as little as 30 days!" ZaLonya Allen, PhD
Dr. ZaLonya Allen has been an entrepreneur, professional speaker and coach for 20 years, specializing in leadership development and entrepreneurship. She has been involved in five for-profit startups and one non-profit startup. Dr. Allen is the founder of two entrepreneurial organizations, National Entrepreneurs Association and South East Michigan Entrepreneurs Association. She is currently the President/CEO of the National Entrepreneurs Association, a 501c3, where she coordinates networking events, training conferences and educational programs to help entrepreneurs stay in business and grow both personally and professionally. nationalentrepreneurs.org
As a speaker Dr. Allen has delivered hundreds of presentations for organizations throughout the country including, Society for Human Resource Management, Ford UAW, Edison, Roanoke College, Clemson University, Trine University and the Federal Government to name a few. As a coach she has worked with professionals in a variety of industries from corporate executives to professional athletes. Using the principles of psychology, Dr. Allen helps her clients master their mindset and get on a path to goal attainment.
Dr. Allen has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Woman of Wonder Award from University of Phoenix, Unsung Hero Award from Wayne state University Association of Black Business Students and the Spirit of Detroit Award. Her work has been featured by numerous media outlets including Detroit News, Fox 2 News, CW50 Street Beat, Crain's Detroit, DBusiness, 910AM Superstation and 105.9 FM.
Dr. Allen is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Wayne State University and North Central University. She holds degrees in industrial relations, sociology and two degrees in psychology with a focus in I/O psychology. She continues to work as an online psychology professor to help students achieve their dream of a college education. Dr. Allen has served on numerous boards including the National Speakers Association of Michigan and is a member of the American Psychological Association. To learn more visit zalonya.com.
Ford United Auto Workers
Society for Human Resource Management
National Association for Female Executives
Oakland County Corrections Division
Macomb Community College
Detroit Public Schools
City of Troy
Federally Employed Women
Barat Child and Family Services
Ms. Wheelchair Michigan Pageant
Muskegon Community College
International Association of Administrative Professionals
White Label World Expo
Michigan Council of SHRM
Women's Economic Empowerment Day
Southfield Public Schools
Blacks in Government
Trine State University
Minority Women’s Network
World Wit Inc.
Toledo Area Human Resource Association
Westland/Wayne Public Schools
Ferndale Public Schools
St. Clair College
National Speakers Association of Michigan
Farmington Hills Public Schools
Tompkins Cortland Community College
National Entrepreneurs Association
"I come from a family of entrepreneurs so entrepreneurship is in my blood. My mother owned a hair salon and my father invested in real estate properties as well as stocks and bonds for as long as I can remember. In college my advisor told me I was required to take speech 101. I was terrified but nothing was going to stop me from getting my degree! Once I began giving speeches I realized it wasn't so bad after all and my career in public speaking started to take off.
After receiving my doctorate degree in psychology I began to pursue entrepreneurship full time. It wasn't always easy and people were not always eager to give me the information I needed. With persistence, I traveled the county speaking for colleges, corporations, national training conferences and special events. My early struggles caused me to start two entrepreneur associations and become a coach to help others find a path to their dreams.
ZaLonya is a very talented speaker. She has charisma stage presence and a powerful story!" Les Brown, World's Leading Motivational Speaker
"Dr. ZaLonya Allen is an amazing powerhouse for entrepreneurs..." Bernadette Johnson, Speaker, Author and Leadership Consultant
Dr. Allen is patient and has the foresight to see what you need to go to the next level. She is a woman of her word. When she says something, it’s done! I attend a mastermind group that she facilitates and it has really helped me personally and professionally. Louise Carter, Founder of Carter InStyle Image
"What a treat it was to have you on the Michigan Life Moxie speaker team! Thank you for bringing your passion, energy and expertise to the women. They loved you!" Ann Tardy, Founder
"Thank you so much for presenting at our Diversity Symposium last week...the feedback we have received so far has been Awesome!" Andrea Grucsik, Toledo Area Human Resource Association Committee
"One of the best speakers we have ever had. Very personable! They loved it!" Director at Tower Loan
“Dr. Allen was by far the most pleasant speaker that I have had the opportunity to be a part of.... When she got there she didn’t sit around; she got right to the chase. She took every opportunity she had and used it wisely.” Tori Miller, Dryden High School
"Outstanding! An issue like diversity can sometimes be controversial but your presentation addressed everyone and everyone enjoyed it. We were all pleased and would like to have you come back again!" Cal Clark, Vice President, Ford UAW
"Your 'Knockout Presentations' presented at our May 17th Customer Skill Center Workshop was a very informative and inspiring presentation! Comments overheard by the workshop participants were, outstanding, many useful tips, very helpful, excellent delivery techniques, gives direction for adding power to my next talk." Zelma Smith-Dexter, Supervisor, Detroit Edison
"I have found ZaLonya to be professional in her preparation and delivery, and her students rate her excellent consistently... I had an opportunity to attend one of her workshops and it was well researched and received by her audience." Joyce Silagy, Manager Corporate Training Program, Southfield Public Schools
"Please accept our thanks for your excellent workshops. We look forward to working with you in the future." Romona Saunders, Workshop Committee, Federally Employed Women
"Thank you for speaking to our organization on such an important subject as, Using Assertive Communication to Get What You Want. Your presentation helped us gain knowledgeable information that we all can use and it was enjoyed by all in attendance." Barbara Bacon, Meetings and Program Committee, International Association of Administrative Professionals
"I would like to personally thank you for your valuable contribution to our Professional Development for Women Conference. Your useful and beneficial seminar treated out attendees to an excellent opportunity to grow in their professional development." Helena Douglas, Senior Director Clemson University.
Thank you for such a good conference! They enjoyed your poetry a lot as well as the activities and packets. I found you to be so very personable, sincere and you have a sense of peace about you that is comforting. Judy Van Western, Student Activities Liaison, Muskegon Community College
Thank you for speaking to my career search seminar last week. Your presentation was inspiring and strongly related to the theme of the seminar. You presented us with encouragement and an attitude to win. You also presented yourself as and excellent role model for the students in the seminar. You were prepared, professional and enthusiastic! Arthur Clarke, Business Program Chair, Concordia College
Many students commented on how much they enjoyed the interactive nature of your presentation, your energy and enthusiasm as well as your poetry! Many also liked the real-world examples that you used too, and said that they were really able to relate. The only thing that I would change would be the amount of time allotted-one hour just wasn't enough! Erin S. Fortuna, Career Services Supervisor, Macomb Community College
Dr. ZaLonya Allen spoke at Abcott Institute providing our students with a powerful presentation entitled, "Say Yes to your Dreams with Confidence." Dr. Allen made a strong connection with many of us, by sharing her personal experiences and offering motivation to all with her 7 steps to success... I applaud her dedication and I am inspired by her determination to make a difference in others. Simona Vasquez, Student Services, Abcott Institute.