Tunya Griffin: Up-Close
Rochester, NY ~ Rochester was first known as “The Young Lion of the West,” and then as the “Flour City.” By 1838, Rochester was the largest flour-producing city in the United States. Its second nickname is the “Flower City.”
What is your connection to Atlanta?
I consider Atlanta my second home, because I visit often.
Name of your business … title … what/who inspired you to get in the business … how did they inspire you?
Lifegiver Inc. My family inspires me the most. In particular, my father; Frank Griffin Sr. My grandfather migrated to Rochester, NY in the 60’s to open a landscaping business. My father was encouraged by my grandfather to move to Rochester, NY to help with the landscaping business after he (my father) completed serving in the United States Navy. Years later, my grandfather and father opened a fish market. “It was all about making money,” stated my mother. Both my parents were huge advocates of promoting education. I oftentimes was able to observe my parents reading everything that they could get their hands on about ‘how to run a business’. My father studied books about business and other topics so much that the whole family would call him ‘philosopher Frank’. Consequently, I adopted both of my parents’ appetite for business and study.
What do you love about Atlanta?
I love the traditional Southern culture, which is part of Atlanta’s fabric.
What has been your greatest accomplishment so far? (work related)
My greatest accomplishment so far has been the steps that I am taking to complete my Masters of Divinity Degree.
Best book you’ve ever read, other than the Bible?
I read so much material that it is difficult to find any down-time to read anything for pleasure, but if I had to choose the best book that I have ever read for pleasure, it is a book called, Forever. Another book that I have read, but for the purpose of keeping me grounded is ‘The speeches by Martin Luther King.”
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Brand Me Original.
What has been the lowest point in your life and how did you get over it?
It seemed as though everything that could go wrong did. Specifically, I thought that I was on my way to being engaged, but a secret life of the person I was dating unfolded after four years of dating. My findings were that he secretly flew to Las Vegas and married someone else whom he was already living with. It was tumultuous in that, I had not dated anyone in ten years, I was just launching Lifegiver inc., working over forty hours as a Market Area Sales Representative, and completing my core seminary courses. I got over it by spending a lot of time by myself and accepting the reality of what occurred so that I could move forward.
Do you do any charity work and if so, how do you contribute other than money?
Yes, I do charity work with teenage mothers. Insomuch that in 2009, Lifegiver Inc. has partnered with a teenage advocacy program in the Rochester, New York, area. Lifegiver Inc.’s goal is to reach teens all around the world with media, campaigns, and workshops to help those who are teenage mothers and to assist in teenage pregnancy prevention. We go beyond raising awareness; our goal is to influence a culture.
Kappa Diamond (sweetheart to the brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi) in 1986 Beta Psi Chapter, Kansas State University
I love traveling
What was your major in college?
I am a single mother of three children. My eldest is twenty-five and he is working on a masters degree. My second eldest is twenty-one and he is in his sophomore year in college. My youngest is seventeen and she is a senior in high school.
Where did you go to college?
Kansas State University and Roberts Wesleyan College
What do you do that most people would be surprised to learn?
Favorite Georgia get-away
St. Regis Atlanta
My mother’s sweet potato pie
Best advice you’ve ever been given
“It’s ok to share your story, because it will bless other people’s lives.”
What inspires you?
Seeing and listening to other women who have overcome major obstacles and ended up on top.
Awards, certificates, honors and recognition.
State University of New York College at Brockport Professionalism
Most recent recognition primary NES M.Div. Class Representative
Books you’ve written
A work in progress
Organizations you belong to…
NES Women’s Board (Theological Seminary)
NES Town Board
What do you do to relax and unwind?
Spend time with a good massage therapist
What is your hope for 2011?
My hope for 2011 is that I will become all that God has called me to be so that I will be able to empower, inform, and encourage other young women in their everyday journey.