Dr. Darlene Allen-Nichols was born and raised in Chicago Illinois. She is the daughter of the late Professor Ernest Allen, Sr. and Mother Lorraine Allen. As an acclaimed motivational speaker and executive coach, she has traveled throughout the United States and surrounding areas spreading the good news of hope and truth. She has been the keynote speaker for various events including youth conventions, career days, marriage retreats, women’s retreats, empowerment seminars, life enrichment seminars, prisons & boot camps, and Global fellowship services.
Dr. Darlene is a television personality and can be seen weekly on Chicago Cable station CANTV and CABLE25. She currently serves as a Contracted Faculty member for Oakdale Christian Academy Junior High. Prior to that, she served as Vice President of Investment Administration for Northern Trust Global Investments. She also serves on the Board of Directors for T.B. Stewart Ministries based out of Houston Texas, and Project Hope Inc. Dr. Darlene earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, a Master’s in Business Management, both from DePaul University; a Master’s and Doctorate of Divinity from the Grace Theological Seminary, and a PhD in Organization and Management with a concentration on Leadership from Capella University.
As an entrepreneur, she is the founder of DAN Ministries, a non profit 501c3 organization which aims to build self esteem, instill educational awareness, and empower, and increase self worth within women, men, and children. Her organization hosts annual functions, empowerment training seminars, women in leadership forums, as well as its core conference “Touch “1” Life”. Dr. Darlene is also the author of the book “Peeling The Layers”, a book designed to promote personal productivity within youth. As a wife & mother, she has been happily married to Eugene Nichols Jr. since 1996. Together, they have two sons; Eugene III, affectionately known as (E.J.), and Austin.