Brittanie Thomas is the founder of Happily Better After, LLC and executive director to The Better Give Back Foundation, Inc. Both organizations exist to offer community and creative opportunities to emerging youth and adult-learners.
Brittanie’s personal student and professional journey has embedded a high degree of compassion for students and student wellness challenges, leading to a career pursuit within higher education. While attending Drexel University, Brittanie struggled in many areas that she has since used to connect with students in her profession as a federal student aid administrator, counselor, and director. Having served over ten years in the private, public, and proprietary sector of post-secondary education, Brittanie now pairs such diverse experiences with her passion for singing, songwriting, and service.
Brittanie earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in Africana Studies from Drexel University. She holds a M.S. in Higher Education: Teaching & Learning from Walden University and M.A. in Management: Organizational Leadership from American Public University. Beginning her doctoral studies at Rowan University, Brittanie is now headed back to Drexel University to finish her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership: Creativity & Innovation.
In equal effort, Brittanie is a recording artist and composer of music. In 2013, Brittanie independently executive produced her debut album, Two Chords and Pen, alongside producer, singer, and songwriter, Joshua Lay (Left Brain Productions, ASCAP).
Her current music-education series, Brains and Lyrics, brings relatable song lyrics, melodies, and overall moods to a conversational platform with all people in mind, but with an especial appeal to the millennial (Gen-Y) and post-millennial (Gen-Z) generations. Brains and Lyrics is the vehicle in which Brittanie engages research in-practice.
Most of all, Brittanie is a follower of Jesus Christ and advocate for men and women committed to living progressive, fulfilling lives. With no pre-disposition of the outcome, she is open to all that is ahead in her future as a researcher, artist, and overall creative.
I Corinthians 9:19-23.
MGM Community Partner Award, 2019; The Mosaic Family Success Center Community Partner Award, 2018; Idea Lab National Finalist - Wells Fargo/NAACP, 2018; Woman of Courage Award Recipient - NAACP, 2017.