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Take 5: A Moment With NCU Alumni,Torian Salary, PhD

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Dr. Torian K. Salary received a Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Organizational Leadership from NCU and today is a certified transformational life coach, motivational speaker, and youth minister. Armed with a Master of Arts in Innovative Leadership from Western International University, Dr. Salary experienced the ups and downs of employment. With the goal of securing a better job, providing for his growing family, and being an inspiration to his children and the youth he serves at his church, Dr. Salary enrolled at NCU. With the support of his wife, Jasmine, their three children, and his belief in God, he overcame one full year with no employment, and successfully defended his dissertation on March 8, 2019.

Dr. Salary shares with us the lessons he learned as an NCU online student, how he is using his NCU degree, and how he is making a difference in his community. 

What do you enjoy most about the work you do?

“I'm blessed to work with a range of people in global organizations, from entry-level to C-suite, helping them accelerate the communicative influence of their employees,” says Salary. “As a coach, speaker and minister, I constantly have the opportunity to create positive change in people through the power of communication.”

How are you using your education from NCU?  

Through my courses, study and research at NCU, I learned how to lead organizations effectively through motivation. This couples very well with my career and passion as a coach, speaker, and minister. Learning the various ways that people are motivated has also been helpful in consulting clients in leadership positions who want to connect better with their employees. 

How are you making a difference in your community?

I speak to high school, college and church groups on the importance of developing leadership skills that will one day enable them to lead organizations. I also partner with youth organizations in the greater Atlanta area, serving as a workshop presenter, keynote speaker and mentor at various empowerment events. In addition, I enjoy working on community service projects, roadside clean-ups and educational events, serving with my Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.  

What lessons did you learn as an online student at NCU?

Discipline, sacrifice and hard work! Online education is much different than a traditional brick and mortar school. You have to be disciplined enough to work on your research daily and willing to sacrifice things for a future benefit. I recall many late nights and early mornings working on my dissertation – sacrificing sleep, weekend activities with family and even food!  I spent my lunch breaks typing and researching for the full hour. I remember emailing my committee chair, Dr. Shriner, and he would tell me “‘you're a doctoral student now.” That's when it began to sink in that to finish this degree, I needed discipline, sacrifice and hard work! 

What advice would you give to current and prospective NCU students?

My advice is to do what is necessary for the things you want in life. Refuse to allow anything, and I mean anything, stop you from chasing your goals. You may have to slow down, and even walk, but don’t ever stop! 

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