Allana Da Graca



Allana Da Graca is a Part-Time Lecturer for the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University. She teaches students how to Leverage Digital Technology with innovative strategies and techniques that help students become informed decision-makers in in the digital realm. As the founder of Turning On the Lights Global Institute, Inc., Dr. Da Graca creates digital courses to help individuals reach their personal and professional goals. She has a Master's degree in New Media from Emerson College and an Doctorate from Capella University. Dr. Da Graca has taught graduate learners at Walden University and Lesley University to name a few.  Dr. Da Graca is the recipient of the Robert C. Ford Fellowship (2007-2009), Bunker Hill Community College MLK Leadership Award, Chahara Foundation Grant, Talented Minority Scholarship, Massachusetts Governors Alliance Task Force Recognition (Youth Leadership), Unifacs Brazil Business Week Appreciation, and more.


PhD from Capella University (2012)

Professional Experience

Turning On the Lights Global, Founder

Turning On The Global Lights Institute, Inc. guides individuals to cultivate leadership and communication principles as global participants. Our mission is to foster persistence, intercultural efficiency and global awareness with self-development products that cultivate personal and professional growth

Social Media & Technology Courses

Public Speaking Coaching Series

Ignite Your Public Speaking

Women Build Confidence

Institutions Served

Boston City Lights Performing Arts Company (Paris/London Exchange Program)
Boston Youth Clean up Core
Bunker Hill Community College
Duke Ellington School for the Arts
Gallaudet University
Harvard University
Generations Incorporated
Outward Bound
Project Think Different
The Public Welfare Foundation
Citistates Round Table Discussion
City Schools
Community Change
Fessenden Schools
Freedom Hounse Project
Irish Immigration Center Women of the Rainbow Project
Lynn English High
Massachusetts Student Government Alliance
Museum of African American History
Sharon High School
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Wellesley College
Boston University
Simmons College
Urban League
Project Think Different
United Way Community Strategic Plan
Maude P. Ragsdale Library (Women Self Confidence Series/Teen Girls)
Westwood College
Bauder College
Paulding County/ Taylor Farms Park
Habitat for Humanity
United Way
Girl Scouts of America

University Positions

Walden University (College Management and Technology)

Bentley University ( English & Media Studies)

Kaplan U (Communication and Organizational Communication)

Lesley University (College of Graduate Learners)