Dr. Amina Gilyard James is a prominent hotelier, organization development strategist, and managing partner of Duke Ventures LLC. Her journey in the hospitality industry has been nothing short of inspiring. Alongside her husband (Norland James), she purchased a Quality Inn in Memphis, TN, and invested in two Hilton-branded hotel properties in 2020 and 2021. Their extortionary journey has been featured in several digital publications and local news reports, including Black Enterprise, Yahoo! Finance, AfroTech, Hertlier, and Hotel Business.

In 2019, Dr. Amina Gilyard James published her first book, Power 31: A working guide to goal setting and progressing with purpose. The book is a testament to her passion for empowering others to achieve their aspirations in their personal and professional lives. She has also been recognized for her exceptional leadership skills and received the 40 under 40 honoree award from the Leadership Center for Excellence of Arlington, VA.

Dr. Amina Gilyard James holds a doctorate in Human & Organizational Learning from George Washington University, a Master of Education degree in Health Education, and a Bachelor of Science in Biobehavioral Health from Pennsylvania State University. She is also a Gallup-certified Clifton Strengths Coach and a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Her vast knowledge and expertise earned her an adjunct organizational leadership & learning position at George Washington University.

Dr. Amina Gilyard James’ journey is a true inspiration to explore beyond the limits that we have set for ourselves. Her passion, dedication, and commitment to empowering others have made her a role model to follow. She continues to significantly contribute to the hospitality industry and beyond, trailblazing a legacy for future generations.