Syleena Johnson Shows How Earning Degree Yields High Biz Returns

News & Views | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 06/08/2015 | 03:00 PM EDT

R&B diva is a shining example for entrepreneurs and professionals

Syleena Johnson is showing women everywhere that it’s never too late to earn your college degree.

The 38-year-old R&B diva announced that she obtained her degree in nutrition science from Kaplan University over the weekend, along with a few gorgeous snaps in her cap and gown. Her academic achievement comes 21 years after she first enrolled at Drake University. Johnson eventually transferred to Illinois State University, but dropped out in 1997 to pursue her singing career.

“I did it for my sons to know its never too late! To know to always strive for excellence and leave no stone unturned!! I did it for me! To show myself I can do all things Through Christ who strengthens me!! I did it for all of my fans to know just cause I'm an entertainer doesn't mean education is NOT important!,” Johnson posted on social media. “Be inspired! Be encouraged....I could cry right now! It was so hard in the middle of filming, performing, being a mommy, being a wife...I did it...and u can too!”

Johnson’s degree is especially impressive because she obtained it as an effort to compliment her nutrition and health company, She-Lean Health & Fitness. As a businesswoman, Johnson is a great example of how entrepreneurs and professionals can use education as tools to improving their business or skill set.


Whether your career is in the health industry or media industry, taking additional courses or obtaining a new degree can not only give you more knowledge into your respective field, but it may also greatly benefit you financially. For entrepreneurs, earning certifications gives you more credibility and, in turn, added value particularly in the eyes of potential clients.

But you don’t necessarily have to be an entrepreneur to take advantage of the financial rewards of education. For working professionals, earning that skill set or degree makes you a more competitive employee and opens up opportunities for raises and promotions. Just be sure that whatever courses you take are directly related to the line of business you’re in or plan to embark.

Certainly Johnson had a clear idea of what she wanted to get her degree in, and it will surely reap high-earning results for her company, which focuses on promoting wellness to women and moms, specifically targeting African Americans.

Back in 2013, Johnson spoke exclusively with Centric about the then-developing company.

“What kind of inspired me was the fact that African-American households in many communities are not privy to optimal nutrition. We’re not properly exposed to organic and whole foods, juicing and the importance of using almond or coconut milk, or the importance of taking your average day-to-day vitamins,” Johnson told Centric. “These are things that our community does not know. There’s lack of education and a lot of stereotypes like eating healthy cost more money.”

Glad to see Johnson is turning her passion into a viable business and brand. We salute you, Syleena!

(Photo: Syleena Johnson via Instagram)

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