Michelle Drayton

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President and Publisher
Today’s Child Communications Inc.
New York City

Michelle Drayton argues that the saying “It takes a village to raise a child” is more than just a saying. For more than 20 years, she has devoted herself to advancing the social and economic well-being of families through her work as a registered nurse and publisher. “There are so many children in my family who inspire what I do,” says Drayton. “I’m grateful to be a part of shaping their futures.”

Drayton, who is of Barbadian ancestry, received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the City College of New York, a master’s in public health from Hunter College, a certificate in public policy from the Nelson Rockefeller School of Public Policy and a certificate in executive management from Columbia University School of Business.

It seems only natural that — after working in the health field for more than 10 years — Drayton would continue her call to public service by founding Today’s Child Communications Inc. to provide parenting information to families of color. “I’m working my dream job. Being able to see your vision realized while also providing resources to your consumers is the ultimate satisfaction,” says Drayton.

While her successes have been many, Drayton has also faced her share of obstacles as a small-business owner. She’s been able to overcome these by keeping a positive attitude, being resourceful and developing solid, practical business strategies. Drayton advises future young women professionals to stay focused, make key and relevant connections through networking and be passionate about their fields of choice.

Over the next few months, Drayton and her team will be preparing for the company’s national conference in September 2010. The company also has plans to increase distribution of Today’s Child and make the publication available in a digital format. In an undertaking of personal triumph, Drayton will welcome her first child this year. As she has done in all of her endeavors, she expects to succeed at motherhood.

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