Andrena Sawyer is the Founder and President of P.E.R.K. Consulting, an advisory firm for small to mid-sized nonprofits and businesses.

Originally from Freetown, Sierra Leone, she and her family moved to the United States when she was nine years old due to a civil war that left thousands dead and untold numbers maimed and displaced. She now credits her family’s move during the war for her interest in human triumph and perseverance.

For her work with entrepreneurs and small businesses, she has been honored among The Black Business Review’s 40 Under 40, The International Alliance for Women World of Difference 100 Award, the Women Owned Small Business Award by the Associated Black Charities, and the Hope for Africa Leadership in Community Development Award.

In addition to her work with P.E.R.K. Consulting, she is the author of The Other Side of Assertiveness, The Mis-Adventures of a New Entrepreneur, Ponder It In Her Heart, and The Long Way Home