Walk Into Your Purpose

Be Encouraged. Be Developed. Be Inspired.

Walk Into Your Purpose

Be Encouraged. Be Developed. Be Inspired.

Our Mission

Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

Our Mission

Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

To Inspire One aims to empower, expose and educate individuals for personal and professional growth through avenues of engagement from the classroom to the boardroom.

What Our Customers Say

“To Inspire One is necessary. It’s a necessary space for students and young people to maximize their potential. It’s a necessary platform for like-minded educators and thought-leaders to inspire the next generation. And it’s a necessary opportunity for anyone seeking purpose, support, and just a little push towards becoming your very best self. I’m impressed by the work that To Inspire One has accomplished and look forward to the many, many successes that lie ahead.”

- Ms. T.A. Andrews, Higher Education Professional, Tennessee State University
“I had the pleasure of being one of the panelists on Ms. Cranford’s show on the Transpire One platform. This was not only a great opportunity to receive valuable insight from college students but a wonderful opportunity to educate students, family, and peers on the injustices happening in our everyday lives. The work she is doing is invaluable and because of strong black women like Ms. Cranford, our world becomes a better place each and every day.”
- Michael N. Weaver Jr., 2020 Graduate of Kentucky State University, Speaker

“To Inspire One, formally Transpire, One is an AMAZING company. Ala’Torya, the CEO herself, trained myself and a few other girls for my mentoring program. She kept it engaging and made it a lot of fun to learn new ideas and strategies to incorporate. She helped us break down what exactly a, “mentor” is. She made the training personable and very relatable! I would highly recommend her for trainings and guest speaking. This is overall a great company.”

- Dominique D. Davis, B.A., Educator

“Ala’Torya V. Cranford is a phenomenal facilitator and educator. She was a dynamic presenter who provided a unique connection with students. The energy and creativity ensured that students were engaged and learned.

She is a professional and gifted. Our students were better for her engagement.”

- Dr. Tashia Bradley, Higher Education Professional, Wilberforce University
“After being granted the opportunity to participate in the podcast “Melanated and Murdered”, hosted by my advisor, Ms. Ala’Torya Cranford through her nonprofit To Inspire One I have to say that it was honestly one of the most purest forms of expression that I have taken part in while here at Fort Valley State University. I say this because the platform allowed us the students to voice our opinions of what’s been going on and what we have noticed or fell victim to. It allowed us a safe space to right express where we felt society as a whole was headed without fear of Dissenting voices or feelings of unease from both the viewers and Ms. Cranford herself. Participation in this live stream has by far been my best venture yet and I look forward to doing more with her in the near future! Thank you again for the opportunity to be heard.”
- DeRod L. Moore, Student at Fort Valley State University

To Inspire One and its founder, Ala’Torya Cranford, are leading the way in providing needed services for tomorrow’s change-makers. From equipping students with a pathway from middle school to college to offering mentorship that goes much deeper than the surface level. Ala’Torya meets students where they are and offers them transparent and inspirational information about real choices and opportunities that exist. This knowledge and guidance allows students to make sound decisions for their own future. I cannot speak highly enough about the value that it brings to our students and our communities.

Ala’Torya has over a decade of experience working within higher education and brings all of her expertise, knowledge and skill to creating meaningful programs and offering relevant services to our community. I highly recommend To Inspire One for college readiness and skills, mentoring, personal and professional development, leadership training, and motivational speaking!

- Samaiyah Jones Scott, Ph.D.

About to Inspire One

About to Inspire One

To Inspire One, LLC was birthed through the expansion of TranspireOne, Inc. formally a non-profit organization catered in assisting with college preparedness and students transitioning from high school to college. It originated from the many experiences shared through student life, admissions and recruitment, and the engagement with several middle and high school students not having a clue of what will be next or who they wanted to become. The expansion and rebranding is to better serve the population in more ways than one.

To Inspire One aims to influence individuals from personal to professional growth. We will provide avenues of engagement for college preparedness, transitioning from application to graduation, and enhancing soft and life skills. Leadership, personal and professional development will also be components along with focusing on success beyond a college education. Helping to define strengths and strengthen weaknesses, gaining a love for and knowing self; just to enhance the total individual is another area we aim to address. It will also give insight to parents who need it when it comes to the resources or practices, they need to know to help their child(ren) in their known or unknown aspirations. To Inspire One currently has two representatives Breyanna Johnson in the Atlanta and surrounding areas and Tekeya Peterson in the DMV area who will help to maximize the greatness and willingness To Inspire One has to offer.

Our aim is to aid in preparing individuals for what’s next through interactive engagement, consistent exposure and profound questions for thought that enhances the individuals process of thinking. We are available for motivational and inspirational speaking. Some of the programs and workshops are: It’s Not 13th Grade (College Transition & Preparedness), Are You Leaning or Leading (Leadership Development), Highly Effective P’s (Personal & Professional Development) and the MentorShIp program.

Journey with us and feel free to support the vision and its purpose.

“We were truly impressed with the structure of the DEI Workshop conducted by Dr. Cranford. The material was clear, concise, and challenged our staff to welcome a diversity of experiences and their intersections to their work.”
- Mr. Jeffrey Pierce, II , Higher Education Professional, Tuskegee University

Dr. Ala’Torya Cranford

Dr. Ala’Torya Cranford

Owner

Ala’Torya V. Cranford
Ala’Torya V. CranfordOwner

Biographical Sketch

Biographical Sketch

Ala’Torya V. Cranford is a visionary higher education professional with 12 years of progressive leadership experience where she has served in the areas of institutional advancement, alumni relations, student activities, student affairs, academic affairs, athletics, student success and admissions and recruitment; along with being a DEI trainer in the workplace; with each developing her professionally and personally to better serve today’s student.

She is a native of Hartsville, South Carolina and a graduate of Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology in Darlington, South Carolina. Ala’Torya is a graduate of Paine College where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, holds a Masters degree in Higher Education with a concentration in College Teaching and Learning from Walden University, a certification in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University. Her ability to lead and develop current and future leaders is reflective in the creation of her company, To Inspire One; an educational-based consulting company committed to aims to empower, expose, and educate individuals for personal and professional growth through avenues of engagement from the classroom to the boardroom.

Dr. Cranford has had many opportunities through To Inspire One, LLC to share in motivational and public speaking alongside best-selling author, Stephan Labossier and television personality, Toya Wright. From commencement speeches, middle school awards programs, sharing her knowledge and experiences with both HBCU and PWI leaders and its students, presenting for higher education conferences, women’s empowerment seminars, conducting leadership and diversity trainings, and partnering with high schools to discuss college transitioning, there is no greater purpose she would prefer to have.

Her previous honors include being listed as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Top 30 Under 30 by HBCU Buzz for her impact and achievements. She has also been acknowledged as an Outstanding Young Alumnus by United Negro College Fund (UNCF) National Alumni Council (NAC) for her commitment and support of her Alma Mater, Paine College, acknowledged her for her time as the Director of Alumni Relations and recently received The Annie R. Carthon Service Award at Fort Valley State University. She is also a recipient of the CSRA Shero Late Quincy Murphy Vision Award and a member of the sensational group, Trey McLaughlin and the Sounds of Zamar.

Dr. Cranford is a Paine College Top 40 Under 40 Inaugural Inductee, an Augusta New Leaders Council (NLC) Fellow, a Higher Education Leadership Foundation (HELF) Fellow, a HBCU Times Magazine Ambassador and Content Provider, and presently serves on the board of directors for Creative Impressions, Up Next Initiative, and the American Red Cross of Central Midwest Georgia. Recently she was elected as the Vice-President of Programs for the United Negro College Fund National Alumni Council. She strongly believes, she may not have gone where she intended to go, but she thinks she has ended up where she intended to be with her faith and trust in God.

“The FYE program at UCM is in a rebuilding process and Dr. Cranford has been an asset to helping us strengthen and restructure. The workshop was a comprehensive overview of the research and historical foundation for FYE. We reviewed examples in FYE in terms of content, institution partnerships, co-curricular calendar planning and advising support models.She examined our programming processes, technology and support. She recommended software, and policy that was aligned with Higher Education best practices in First-Year Experience Programs. In follow-up meetings Dr. Cranford reviewed our revised FYE syllabi and created planning for a second site visit to help us continue to rebuild.”

- Dr. Samaiyah Scott, Higher Educational Professional, University of Central Missouri

The Team

The Team

Breyanna D. Johnson
Breyanna D. JohnsonAtlanta & Surrounding Areas Representative
Breyanna D.Johnson is a native of Decatur, Ga. She is a first-generation graduate for both her Undergraduate & Masters degree. A proud alumna of Paine College & Southern New Hampshire University. She obtained her degrees in Public Relations and a minor in Marketing.

Breyanna’s goal as an Admissions Recruiter is to provide the option to every student she meets with at-least the opportunity to a secondary education no matter the institution. She finds it easy being that listening ear to understand her students’ needs, their fears and even their struggles. She aims to be the voice that speaks life into her students and to remind them that they can accomplish everything they put their minds to.

Bre’yanna uses her creativity and her passion for Media Marketing to express herself both at work and in her daily life. She enjoys coordinating school events, helping friends’ brand and market their businesses and even learning new things.

In her current role as an Admissions Recruiter, Breyanna has had the opportunity to engage and help host several Freshman Orientations at Clayton State University. It warms Breyanna’s heart to meet future Lakers and getting to genuinely know who they are as a person, what their story is and how they plan to be the best version they can be. She understands this new chapter can be a bit scary and unfamiliar.

In her spare time Breyanna loves to host Community Services projects that assist the less fortunate of Atlanta, Georgia. As well as giving her time to serve all around her city.

Breyanna’s goal is to transition into a Student Life role in higher education and eventually into the world of Social Media Marketing one day! Breyanna also plans to be her biggest motivator and to push herself to see just how far her goals can take her.

Tekeya Lashay
Tekeya LashayPeterson - DMV Area Representative
Tekeya Lashay is a role model and an innovative leader that is always eager to learn new things. She has worked hard, dedicated her time, effort and most of all, her heart to everything that she’s done thus far. Her dedication, creativity and commitment prompted her to find and start a business, Lashay Enterprises, LLC.

As a Florida native living in Maryland, she’s grown fond of learning various cultures and adapting to new environments. Life’s greatest lessons for her, were taught in unfamiliar places. It is in those places that you learn just how gifted and equipped you are to tackle and accomplish ANY GOAL!

Throughout her career, she has developed a love for program coordinating and takes pride in displaying stellar attributes of professionalism, leadership, passion, enthusiasm & compassion. Her experiences as a graduate of two Historically Black Colleges & Universities has shaped her into the woman she is today, which is why she will always be an advocate for the HBCU experience.

“Dr. Cranford is a passionate, energetic and purpose filled higher ed professional. Her dedication to assisting students from onset of college and beyond is commendable. She is a dynamic and influential speaker that students, faculty, and staff would want to hear from. I’m thankful for the collaborations we have shared thus far.”

- Dr. K. Dixon, Higher Education Professional, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University | NASPA | Blk Womyn Voices Podcast

“To Inspire One, formally Transpire, One is an AMAZING company. Ala’Torya, the CEO herself, trained myself and a few other girls for my mentoring program. She kept it engaging and made it a lot of fun to learn new ideas and strategies to incorporate. She helped us break down what exactly a, “mentor” is. She made the training personable and very relatable! I would highly recommend her for trainings and guest speaking. This is overall a great company.”

- Dominique D. Davis, B.A., Educator

To Inspire One and its founder, Ala’Torya Cranford, are leading the way in providing needed services for tomorrow’s change-makers. From equipping students with a pathway from middle school to college to offering mentorship that goes much deeper than the surface level. Ala’Torya meets students where they are and offers them transparent and inspirational information about real choices and opportunities that exist. This knowledge and guidance allows students to make sound decisions for their own future. I cannot speak highly enough about the value that it brings to our students and our communities.

Ala’Torya has over a decade of experience working within higher education and brings all of her expertise, knowledge and skill to creating meaningful programs and offering relevant services to our community. I highly recommend To Inspire One for college readiness and skills, mentoring, personal and professional development, leadership training, and motivational speaking!

- Samaiyah Jones Scott, Ph.D.
“I had the pleasure of being one of the panelists on Ms. Cranford’s show on the Transpire One platform. This was not only a great opportunity to receive valuable insight from college students but a wonderful opportunity to educate students, family, and peers on the injustices happening in our everyday lives. The work she is doing is invaluable and because of strong black women like Ms. Cranford, our world becomes a better place each and every day.”
- Michael N. Weaver Jr., 2020 Graduate of Kentucky State University, Speaker

“To Inspire One is necessary. It’s a necessary space for students and young people to maximize their potential. It’s a necessary platform for like-minded educators and thought-leaders to inspire the next generation. And it’s a necessary opportunity for anyone seeking purpose, support, and just a little push towards becoming your very best self. I’m impressed by the work that To Inspire One has accomplished and look forward to the many, many successes that lie ahead.”

- Ms. T.A. Andrews, Higher Education Professional, Tennessee State University

“Ala’Torya V. Cranford is a phenomenal facilitator and educator. She was a dynamic presenter who provided a unique connection with students. The energy and creativity ensured that students were engaged and learned.

She is a professional and gifted. Our students were better for her engagement.”

- Dr. Tashia Bradley, Higher Education Professional, Wilberforce University
“After being granted the opportunity to participate in the podcast “Melanated and Murdered”, hosted by my advisor, Ms. Ala’Torya Cranford through her nonprofit To Inspire One I have to say that it was honestly one of the most purest forms of expression that I have taken part in while here at Fort Valley State University. I say this because the platform allowed us the students to voice our opinions of what’s been going on and what we have noticed or fell victim to. It allowed us a safe space to right express where we felt society as a whole was headed without fear of Dissenting voices or feelings of unease from both the viewers and Ms. Cranford herself. Participation in this live stream has by far been my best venture yet and I look forward to doing more with her in the near future! Thank you again for the opportunity to be heard.”
- DeRod L. Moore, Student at Fort Valley State University

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“As a former student and now employee of Fort Valley State University, the saying “things get better with time” is a true testament of the teaching and leadership training style of Dr. Ala’Torya V. Cranford. For over six years, she has blessed the institution (as well as others) with her knowledge and skills the student leadership arena, equipping student leaders with the learning methodologies needed to be successful in all capacities/”
- Mr. Garren M. Walker , Higher Education Professional (Fort Valley State University) and Graduate Student (Georgia Southern University)

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    “Ala’Torya V. Cranford is a phenomenal facilitator and educator. She was a dynamic presenter who provided a unique connection with students. The energy and creativity ensured that students were engaged and learned.

    She is a professional and gifted. Our students were better for her engagement.”

    - Dr. Tashia Bradley, Higher Education Professional, Wilberforce University

    To Inspire One and its founder, Ala’Torya Cranford, are leading the way in providing needed services for tomorrow’s change-makers. From equipping students with a pathway from middle school to college to offering mentorship that goes much deeper than the surface level. Ala’Torya meets students where they are and offers them transparent and inspirational information about real choices and opportunities that exist. This knowledge and guidance allows students to make sound decisions for their own future. I cannot speak highly enough about the value that it brings to our students and our communities.

    Ala’Torya has over a decade of experience working within higher education and brings all of her expertise, knowledge and skill to creating meaningful programs and offering relevant services to our community. I highly recommend To Inspire One for college readiness and skills, mentoring, personal and professional development, leadership training, and motivational speaking!

    - Samaiyah Jones Scott, Ph.D.

    “To Inspire One is necessary. It’s a necessary space for students and young people to maximize their potential. It’s a necessary platform for like-minded educators and thought-leaders to inspire the next generation. And it’s a necessary opportunity for anyone seeking purpose, support, and just a little push towards becoming your very best self. I’m impressed by the work that To Inspire One has accomplished and look forward to the many, many successes that lie ahead.”

    - Ms. T.A. Andrews, Higher Education Professional, Tennessee State University
    “I had the pleasure of being one of the panelists on Ms. Cranford’s show on the Transpire One platform. This was not only a great opportunity to receive valuable insight from college students but a wonderful opportunity to educate students, family, and peers on the injustices happening in our everyday lives. The work she is doing is invaluable and because of strong black women like Ms. Cranford, our world becomes a better place each and every day.”
    - Michael N. Weaver Jr., 2020 Graduate of Kentucky State University, Speaker

    “To Inspire One, formally Transpire, One is an AMAZING company. Ala’Torya, the CEO herself, trained myself and a few other girls for my mentoring program. She kept it engaging and made it a lot of fun to learn new ideas and strategies to incorporate. She helped us break down what exactly a, “mentor” is. She made the training personable and very relatable! I would highly recommend her for trainings and guest speaking. This is overall a great company.”

    - Dominique D. Davis, B.A., Educator
    “After being granted the opportunity to participate in the podcast “Melanated and Murdered”, hosted by my advisor, Ms. Ala’Torya Cranford through her nonprofit To Inspire One I have to say that it was honestly one of the most purest forms of expression that I have taken part in while here at Fort Valley State University. I say this because the platform allowed us the students to voice our opinions of what’s been going on and what we have noticed or fell victim to. It allowed us a safe space to right express where we felt society as a whole was headed without fear of Dissenting voices or feelings of unease from both the viewers and Ms. Cranford herself. Participation in this live stream has by far been my best venture yet and I look forward to doing more with her in the near future! Thank you again for the opportunity to be heard.”
    - DeRod L. Moore, Student at Fort Valley State University