The president of Queen E. Brown and Associates Management Consultants in Colorado Springs started out knowing she wanted to work in “corporate America,” she said laughing while recalling her early life.
“My parents were very involved in the civil rights movement, and as a youth, I was involved in the civil rights movement,” she said.
The Charlotte, N.C. native attended West Charlotte Senior High School, which desegregated while she was a student there. Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke at her high school graduation.
From there, Brown attended Livingstone College, a mainly African-American college in Salisbury, N.C. on a full-ride scholarship. She studied math and earned a degree and teaching certificate.
She student-taught “at a little school that was totally Caucasian,” she said laughing. “After I had been there a week, they offered me a contract for the next year. They did have African-American students the following year.
“It was a wonderful experience.”
She earned her teaching certificate “for Dad,” she said laughing and highlighting his thoughts that “women should prepare to teach.”
After that first year teaching, Brown started working on her master’s degree in math at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Charlotte.
After graduation, “corporate America – they came looking. The word was out. I got all of these folks who wanted me to come visit their site,” and interview for a job, Brown said.
She settled on a job with Honeywell Information Systems in Framingham, Mass., where she worked on their computers.
“I was kind of a nerd,” she said laughing.
She eventually worked at Digital Equipment, which ultimately brought her to Colorado Springs.
After Digital moved from the Springs in the early 1990s, Brown stayed and became a management consultant. She also taught 15 years as an adjunct professor in math at the University of Phoenix.
As a consultant, Brown excelled in the areas of training customer service personnel and sales. One of her largest accounts was Colorado Springs Utilities, and she worked with most of the major banks in the area.
[pullquote]Make each day count. [/pullquote]Brown delivered services in leadership, customer relations, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, change management, team effectiveness, conflict management and more. She has performed community outreach for nonprofits and for-profit organizations.
In Colorado Springs, Brown has been involved in youth development through the African-American Youth Leadership Conference.
“Once they made it coed, I was involved,” she said laughing and recalling being active 21 of the organization’s 22 years.
She has also been involved with the Black Chamber of Commerce, the Pikes Peak Mental Health board, El Pomar Emerging Leaders Development Program and has participated in the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, Leadership Pikes Peak and the Pikes Peak Regional Business Partnership.
Her personal mantra is simple: Make each day count.