Boss Moves: BFFs Quit Jobs to Launch Their Own Thing

Boss Moves: BFFs Quit Jobs to Launch Their Own Thing
Chandra S. Lewis and Jocelyn K. Allen launched The Allen Lewis Agency. Photo by Zondra Hughes

By Zondra Hughes

BFFs, (Best Friends Forever), take note: Today is a big day for two mothers, two daughters, two communication executives, two go-getters, and yes, two best friends, Jocelyn K. Allen and Chandra S. Lewis, as they have decided to merge their talents to create something huge.

Jocelyn K. Allen a marketing and communications expert with more than 20 years of experience with a global automaker and in film and television, and Chandra S. Lewis, a brand and reputation pro with 20 years of experience with multinational companies, announced today the launch of a new full-service firm, The Allen Lewis Agency, LLC.

The two women share a passion for building brands and meaningful relationships says Allen.

Lewis adds that their friendship and business partnership was destined. “I was introduced to Jocelyn when I first moved to Detroit,” Lewis recalls. “She said she had enough friends.  But I was persistent, and 16 years later…she is my best friend.  I realize now just how our friendship was pre-destined.  We’ve shared so many like experiences, both personal and professional. While we bring different strengths to TALA, in many ways she’s my clone…a better one!”

Our Dr. Dawj captures the BFFs and oo-founders of @TryTALA.

Our Dr. Dawj captures the BFFs and oo-founders of @TryTALA.

Lewis, formerly served as  Director, Corporate Communications, where she oversaw public and media relations, crisis and change management, brand development, executive visibility, digital and social media, employee engagement, trade shows and events for Bosch.

Allen, who recently served as General Motors’ Director of Regional, Grassroots and Diversity Communications, and Director of the company’s Diversity Marketing and Communications Center of Excellence — a role created specifically for Allen, states, “We don’t believe in coincidences. We believe God has positioned us at this very juncture in our lives, to use the experience, expertise, contacts, creativity and relentless drive we’ve honed over 40+ years. Together, we’re going to build something great …our legacy.”

Follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter, #TryTALA.

Photos, video by Zondra Hughes. Follow Zondra on Twitter @ZondraHughes.
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