Recognized for Empowering Black Women and Advancing Community Health

MCNY Media Management alumna, Tuesday P. Brooks, MBA’01 and founder of AJOY Management, has been honored with two prestigious awards for her outstanding contributions to community empowerment.

On November 4, 2023, Brooks was named the 2023 Volunteer Of The Year by the Buy From A Black Woman (BFABW) organization. This recognition comes in acknowledgment of her unwavering commitment and hard work towards empowering Black women through the BFABW accelerator programs and BFBAW.tv. The award ceremony took place at a nationally televised event in Orlando, Florida, where Tuesday stood out for her exceptional dedication to uplifting and supporting Black women entrepreneurs.

Following this remarkable achievement, Tuesday added another accolade on November 28, 2023. She was honored as part of the 2023 Empire Health Heroes Awards, a prestigious recognition program presented in collaboration by Empire BlueCross BlueShield and Crain’s New York Business Content Studio. This award specifically acknowledges individuals for their efforts in advancing financial health within their community.

Tuesday P. Brooks received this second award at an exclusive luncheon held in New York, a testament to her impactful work in promoting community well-being. Her recognition didn’t stop there; she was also featured prominently in Crain’s New York magazine, showcasing her influential role in fostering positive change.

These dual honors confirm Tuesday’s tireless efforts to make a meaningful impact, not only in empowering Black women but also in promoting financial health within the community. As the Founder of AJOY, she continues to exemplify leadership and philanthropy, leaving an indelible mark on local, national and even international levels.

About Tuesday P. Brooks, MBA’01

Tuesday P. Brooks, MBA, is a business owner, educator, trusted tax & accounting advisor, and proud US veteran. Her role with a housing advocacy organization, boutique CPA tax firm, and private equity investment firm precipitated the launch of a financial management firm of her own in 2009. Her company, AJOY, is committed to improving profitability of micro and small business enterprises.

Tuesday’s vision is to be a catalyst for the growth of financially sound womxn-led companies that employ across the US. As such, she works tirelessly providing direction to aspiring entrepreneurs on how to start and grow. Her keen knowledge of accounting for small business makes bookkeeping, tax compliance, credit readiness, and cash flow management accessible to early-stage business owners and non-profit founders. She leverages her certification as a Profit First professional to consult with business owners who seek to implement Profit First principles in their business.

Tuesday has educated more than 3,500 aspiring entrepreneurs and has developed strong relationships with community-based organizations and government agencies that provide technical assistance to entrepreneurs and freelancers primarily through one-to-one coaching, workshops, and business curriculum development. Tuesday is a frequently sought panel presenter and workshop facilitator and has been honored multiple years as a Best For New York Changemaker. Tuesday is a mentor with MicroMentor.org and BE NYC Mentors programs and teaches financial literacy to young adults through school programs and internships at her firm. She sits on the board of several community-based organizations that promote arts or education. Tuesday is a Business Advisor for the Goldman Sachs One Million Black Women – OMBW: Black in Business program.

Tuesday holds a Master of Business Administration in Media Management from Metropolitan College of New York, a Master of Arts degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Binghamton University.

Her financial management firm, AJOY, specializes in ventures in media, sports, arts, entertainment, beauty, fashion, wellness, and professional services. AJOY is certified M/WBE, DBE, SBE, EBE, EDWOSB, and SDVOSB and provides technical assistance to business owners seeking to successfully attain certification for their company as well. AJOY is an official supplier to Intuit to provide Quickbooks Online training as part of the 1 Million Black Businesses Initiative powered by Operation Hope and Shopify.

Tuesday is a native New Yorker who enjoys boating, physical fitness, social dancing, and live music.