Cybil Talley

I enjoy reading and writing about food, dining out, and spending time with my family. I am also an avid Atlanta Falcons fan. I am married and have two wonderful sons, an 8-year-old and

an 11-year-old.

What would like to share about yourself?

After graduating from Spelman, I was fortunate to attend the School of Oriental and African Studies in London where I earned a Master’s degree in West African studies on a Marshall Scholarship. My passion for the culinary arts (and the advice of a fellow Spelman sister) led me to the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont where I earned a degree in Culinary Arts. I landed an opportunity as a culinary researcher for the Food Network show, Good Eats with Alton Brown. I later worked for Southern Living Magazine as an Assistant Foods Editor where I also appeared in Southern Living Presents television show. Upon relocating to Atlanta, I founded All about Foods, a freelance food business. I also appeared as the Food and Entertaining Expert on the home design show, Southern Home by Design, on Turner South Network. I started my career in higher education as Director of Career Services at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Atlanta for nearly a decade and then moved into a Campus President role at Sanford Brown College. I later joined DeVry University where I currently lead a team of national career advisors.

Why it is important to give back to SC? What words of encouragement do you have to inspire our classmates to support our Beloved Spelman?

Giving back to Spelman College represents a true act of gratitude for me. It does not matter how small or how large the gift. Giving back to our alma mater helps current and future students and ensures that the Spelman legacy lives on. I choose to give with a cheerful heart because I know that my gift can help someone.

Can you share a special memory from your college years?

This is a hard question because I have so many special memories from college! The one memory that I have that I think helped change my trajectory was a conversation that I had with Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey in the Rock during one of their visits to campus. I told her that I wanted to learn more about African-American and African food traditions and become a writer. She was the first person to tell me that I should pursue that passion. Her encouragement helped me to see the unique gifts that we each have and that it is okay to follow our passions.

How has SC impacted your life?

My experience at Spelman College has influenced my life in so many positive ways, but the most important gift that I received was that of a strong sense of self. Spelman taught me to believe in myself, take risks, and follow my dreams. I am not sure if that spirit of freedom and confidence would have been nurtured anywhere else.

Will you be attending our 25-Year Reunion? Why?

Yes, I plan to attend our 25-Year Reunion. I have come to cherish our reunions because it is a time to catch up with sisters and reconnect. Each time that I have attended reunion, I have always come away from the experience more energized and inspired.

Why are you excited about Reunion 2018?

I am excited about Reunion 2018 because it is such a huge milestone in my life. I look forward to reuniting with my Spelman sisters, walking through our glorious alumnae arch, and basking in the glow of sisterhood.