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Nelvia M. Brady

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Education Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Turnip, Greens (Mustard)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
If you keep doing what you're doing, you're going to keep getting what you're getting.

Birthplace

Born:
2/11/1948
Birth Location:
Fairfield, Alabama

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Education Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Turnip, Greens (Mustard)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
If you keep doing what you're doing, you're going to keep getting what you're getting.

Birthplace

Born:
2/11/1948
Birth Location:
Fairfield
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Biography

Born in Fairfield, Alabama, on February 11, 1948, Nelvia Brady spent most of her life in Chicago, Illinois. Upon graduating from high school in Chicago, Brady went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she earned her B.A. degree in sociology in 1970. In 1973, Brady graduated from the University of Wisconsin with her M.S. degree in guidance and counseling, and in 1980 she earned her Ph.D. degree from Michigan State University.

After earning her master's degree, Brady went to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she spent the next five years working as the lead counselor for two local high schools and an elementary school. While working on her Ph.D. degree, Brady also worked as a research associate at Michigan State. After completing her doctorate, Brady took a job with the Educational Testing Service, working on the Chicago Public Schools for Student Desegregation Project. In 1981, Brady went to work directly for the Chicago Public Schools, first as an assistant to the associate superintendent, eventually rising to hold that position herself. In 1985, Brady went to work at the Chicago Community Trust, where she launched a $5 million education initiative, and served as the executive director of the Coleman Fund for Children and Youth. In 1988, Brady became chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago, where she was the first African American and only female to have held the post at the time.

Brady became involved in consulting in 1992, while maintaining visiting professorships at Chicago State and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1994, Brady became senior vice president of Carrington & Carrington, an executive recruiting firm that specialized in helping Fortune 500 companies in the recruitment and placement of African Americans, Hispanics, women, and other diverse individuals, in executive positions. In 2002, Brady returned to academia part time, and left consulting behind completely in 2003, taking a post at Trinity Christian College as a professor in the business department and as director of ethnic diversity.

Brady was named by Executive Educator as one of the Top 100 School Managers in North America; she received the Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Wisconsin's School of Education, and was named by Today's Chicago Woman as one of 100 Women Making a Difference. Brady also authored two books, This Mother's Daughter and 300 Pearls of Wisdom. Brady served on a number of boards of directors, including the Chicago State University Foundation and the Pullman Educational Foundation.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Nelvia Brady talks about her family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Nelvia Brady speaks about her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Nelvia Brady speaks about her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Nelvia Brady remembers life in public housing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Nelvia Brady discusses her neighborhood surroundings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Nelvia Brady describes being a little girl
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Nelvia Brady tells about elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Nelvia Brady discusses violence she encountered as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Nelvia Brady speaks of her awards in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Nelvia Brady tells how she decided on a college to attend
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Nelvia Brady recounts her general experience at the University of Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Nelvia Brady speaks about being involved in campus life at the University of Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Nelvia Bradly talks about her marriage and various degrees and jobs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Nelvia Brady talks of her mentors in graduate school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Nelvia Brady describes why she relocated so much
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Nelvia Brady compares Chicago Public Schools to others in the country
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Nelvia Brady talks about working for the Chicago Public Schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Nelvia Brady speaks of the battle to deregulate Chicago Public Schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Nelvia Brady describes the Chicago Public School desegregation plan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Nelvia Brady tells why the Chicago Public Schools desegregation plan did not fully work
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Nelvia Brady discusses why she left her job with Chicago Public Schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Nelvia Brady speaks about her jobs at Chicago Community Trust and City Colleges of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Nelvia Brady remembers working for City Colleges of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Nelvia Brady talks about accomplishments at City Colleges of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Nelvia Brady works in independent consulting
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Nelvia Brady works for Carrington & Carrington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Nelvia Brady teaches at Trinity Christian College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Nelvia Brady speaks about 'This Mother's Daughter'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Nelvia Brady's future plans
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Nelvia Brady's hope and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Nelvia Brady's legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Photo - Nelvia Brady, Harold Pates and Bernetta Bush attending graduation at Kennedy-King College, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1988-1990
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Photo - Nelvia Brady at Rockwell Gardens public housing project, Chicago, Illinois, 1961
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Photo - Nelvia Brady at Henry Horner Homes public housing project, Chicago, Illinois, 1960
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Photo - Nelvia Brady at age three, ca. 1950-1951
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Photo - Nelvia Brady in El Paso, Texas, ca. 1968-1969
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Photo - Nelvia Brady at Rockwell Gardens public housing project, Chicago, Illinois, 1966
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Photo - Nelvia Brady as a child, Chicago, Illinois, July, 1955
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Photo - Nelvia Brady's high school graduation picture from Crane Technical Preparatory High School, Chicago, Illinois, 1966
  • Tape: 4 Story: 15 - Photo - Nelvia Brady with U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, Dr. Robert Green and an unidentified man, East Lansing, Michigan, ca. 1978-1980
  • Tape: 4 Story: 16 - Photo - Publicity photo of Nelvia Brady used for her book 'This Mother's Daughter,' 2000
  • Tape: 4 Story: 17 - Photo - Publicity photo of Nelvia Brady with her sister, Marian Carrington, ca. 1994-2002
  • Tape: 4 Story: 18 - Photo - Nelvia Brady with an unidentified woman at Rockwell Gardens public housing project, Chicago, Illinois, 1988-1989
  • Tape: 4 Story: 19 - Photo - Nelvia Brady with Julian Bond at Harold Washington College, Chicago, Illinois, 1988-1992
  • Tape: 4 Story: 20 - Photo - Nelvia Brady receiving her doctorate at Michigan State University graduation, East Lansing, Michigan, June 7, 1980
  • Tape: 4 Story: 21 - Photo - Collage of photographs of Nelvia Brady through the years compiled for her fiftieth birthday celebration, 1998
  • Tape: 4 Story: 22 - Photo - Nelvia Brady's first grade class photo at Washington Irving Elementary School, Chicago, Illinois, 1954-1955
  • Tape: 4 Story: 23 - Photo - Nelvia Brady with pianist, Ramsey Lewis, Chicago, Illinois, 1988-1989
  • Tape: 4 Story: 24 - Photo - Nelvia Brady with U.S. Congressman Charles Hayes and an unidentified woman, Chicago, Illinois, 1988-1992
  • Tape: 4 Story: 25 - Photo - Nelvia Brady with other women civic leaders, Chicago, Illinois, 1990
  • Tape: 4 Story: 26 - Photo - Nelvia Brady with Dr. Carol Adams, Chicago, Illinois, 1988-1992
  • Tape: 4 Story: 27 - Photo - Nelvia Brady with Nation of Islam leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan, ca. 1993