Introducing A2H, The Elements of Success

Aspire2Higher Personal & Professional Development , INC is a three part business.

  1. The A2H Movement & Lifestyle Brand
  2. A2H Programming & Events
  3. Training & Consulting Services

The foundation of the company is based on a framework for personal & professional development created by yours truly, Founder & Executive Director, Stephanie Reed. Each part of the organization is grounded in what we call The Elements of Success-or The Elements A2H.

The framework was developed over the course of my 20 years of work experience as a career counselor, a sales professional, and higher education diversity administrator. Over time, I’ve researched many aspects of career development, personal success, employment trends, career readiness, employer needs, labor statistics, etc. Out of this work grew a simple idea that I coined, Aspire2Higher.

The idea was this: imagine if every person had a personal VISION, and work connected to their PASSIONS that they could use as an internal compass to navigate not only the world of work but their pursuit of personally defined success.

With this internal compass and personal definition of success, people would not need to look outside of themselves to navigate their careers or journey based on someone else’s definition of success. I used this way of thinking as my own personal mantra (and career compass) for many years, and I never settled for what others prescribed for me in regards to work or my personal choices. Back in 2010, I began to write about my ideas and created this framework for personal and professional development called Aspire2Higher.

In short, Aspire2Higher is about possessing some key elements of success, some of which include having Unapologetic Ambition and Taking Charge of your Career! Below is the list of skills and abilities that comprises the Element of Success:


Self Awareness


Unapologetic Ambition


Innovation & Problem Solving

Digital Literacy

Financial Literacy & Wellness

Physical & Mental Wellness


Tolerance for Ambiguity

Aspire2HIgher: The ELEMENTS A2H

We are not all born with the ability and resources to be young moguls right away. However, I believe we are all born capable and can become great leaders through the PERSISTENCE of GOOD HABITS and VISION-WORK! Aspire2Higher Personal & Professional Development has programs and services that cultivate this mindset in its participants and train people (young and “seasoned”) on the skills necessary to live an Aspire2Higher life.

Stay tuned to this blog, follow our social media, and participate in A2H programs and events to learn more!

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I am a single mother with drive, ambition and over 12 years experience in career development and higher education. During my "wonderful" twenties, I ventured out of the world of academia and entered the sales profession. I served as a Territory Sales Manager for Philip Morris, USA. I later returned to the college campus as the Assistant Director of the Co-operative Education and Career Services and since moved on to become Director of Student Diversity at a small private college. I am also currently completing my first book, which is self-help/personal development.

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