Hey, hey! I’m Dr. Evingerlean D. B. Hudson
…affectionately known as Dr. Eve®. I was raised in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina by a single mother in a low-socioeconomic household. So, I quickly learned what it‘s like to go through life with the odds against you. I went on to become a first-generation college graduate and even earned a Ph.D. at the age of 28. After years of service in postsecondary education, I decided to switch gears and launched my social entrepreneurial journey. Now, I’m Founder and Chief Strategist of Evingerlean Worldwide®—an entity created to empower first-generation scholars and professionals across the globe. I’m committed to being a champion for historically underserved communities, creating safe spaces for growth, making pathways for social mobility, disrupting generational poverty, and building wealth through entrepreneurship.
I’m the creator of several FIRSTS: The First-Gen Lounge™, a podcast highlighting the stories of first-generation college graduates; The First-Gen Shop™, a store celebrating first-generation trailblazers; and First-Generation University™, a learning and development platform for first-generation college graduates who are new and aspiring entrepreneurs.
I’ve touched thousands of lives through my work and few past audiences I’ve served include Cornell University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The Ohio State University, 1vyG, Social Knowbility, Women Empower X, The United Negro College Fund, and National TRIO Programs. The First-Gen Lounge, an award-winning podcast, is the first and #1 show in the world for first-generation scholars and professionals with over 100k downloads across more than 100 countries. My publications have helped transform the lives of countless first-generation trailblazers.
I’m excited to be a BlkWomenHustle’s Inaugural 20 Women to Watch Honoree and highlighted as a Future Millennial Millionaire by Creating Your Seat at The Table International Magazine.I’ve been featured across several media outlets such as Rolling Out, EMOIR, and The Pedestal Project to name a few.
I hold degrees from Shaw University (the oldest HBCU in the South) and The University of Southern Mississippi, and I’m a part of both alumni associations. I’m a very proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., serve as co-chair and founding steering committee member for The Black-Gen Collective, and sit on the Board of Directors for FLIP Nationa and The Kim Q. B. Leathers Foundation. In my spare time, I enjoy mentoring, reading, research, traveling, food tasting, cuddling with my chocolate lab (Maxwell Alexander), and adventures with my best friend and life partner, Dr. James M. Hudson.
Thanks for being here. Keep pressing forward!