Coming from three generations of entrepreneurs, with her grandmother operating a beauty shop and candy store out of her home, Dejah Burton has always been inspired to create and make a difference.

The Indianapolis, Ind. native has a passion for innovating and turning ideas into reality. She will soon begin her journey to earn a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in entrepreneurship from the Georgia State University Robinson School of Business. 

During her time at Alcorn, Burton was actively involved in various extracurricular activities, including serving as the secretary of the Campus Activity Board and the former vice president of the National Association of Black Journalists. She was also a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, Honors Society, Lambda Pi Eta, NAACP, and the Junior Class Cabinet, where she previously held the position of community service chairperson.

One of the most memorable experiences at Alcorn was participating in an advertising competition. 

“I participated in an advertising competition with the American Advertising Federation; it really allowed me to use my creative side with my fellow students and almost felt like an outline for a business plan,” said Burton.

Burton’s future career goal is to become a television news anchor, and she believes that pursuing a Master of Business Administration will help her build a deeper connection with people.

Reflecting on her time at Alcorn State University, Burton credits Toni Terrett, an assistant professor in mass communications, who had a significant impact on her decision to pursue entrepreneurship. 

“She inspired me to be a leader, to get involved, and to not let my talent go to waste,” said Burton.

When asked about her advice for current undergraduates considering further education in business, Burton encourages them to seize the opportunity. 

“The sky is the limit. We need people who look like us to create more and, most importantly, have ownership,” she emphasized.

Burton plans to apply the knowledge and skills she gains from her MBA program to benefit her community and society at large

“I owe society service, and that is what I plan to offer,” she stated.

Looking ahead to her studies at Georgia State University’s Robinson School of Business, Burton is excited about the growth and new connections she will form.

Upon completing her MBA, Burton has several entrepreneurship ventures and projects in mind that she hopes to pursue.