The Ball State Foundation is celebrating Women’s History Month all March long and there is no better way to celebrate than by highlighting the accomplishments and future goals of one of Ball State’s own, Moja Harmon. Moja is presently a full-time leadership, life, and transition coach and is the founder of Moja Harmon Coaching. Her goal is to help her clients maximize their personal and professional potential on their life journeys. Additionally, Moja is a member of Women of Beneficence, a philanthropic group created to support and fund innovative projects and programs at Ball State.
Time at Ball State
Moja began her journey at Ball State long before she became a student here. As a Muncie community member, Moja grew up on campus, whether that was just walking around or attending various events Ball State hosted. After graduating high school, she decided to attend Ball State and pursue accounting. Her favorite part of going to Ball State was the overall experience of being a student and all the opportunities that were constantly being offered. To Moja, this time in her life was so exciting and just thinking about all the possibilities brought her great joy. Another aspect of Ball State that Moja greatly enjoyed was the amazing professors and the fact that she got to know so many of them through the small class sizes and their intentional investment in each student.
Moja was involved on campus as a member of both an accounting fraternity and a management fraternity, Beta Alpha Psi and Sigma Iota Epsilon to help her network and grow her professional skills. Through these memberships, she was able to further explore her professional interests. Through her involvement in these organizations, as well as her classes, Moja learned valuable life lessons that she carries with her to this day. The biggest lesson she learned was how to develop and execute a plan for what is coming next. To her, this is a skill that everyone should try to develop early on in their educational and professional career. In addition, she learned that it is okay to reach out to someone for help when you don’t have all the answers. Seeking support from those around you can not only help you at that moment but can take you to unexpected places.
“Ball State really does an excellent job of laying the foundation of preparing you for the next steps after college.” – Moja Harmon
After graduating, Moja got a job in public accounting and then transitioned to Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), a government accounting agency. Her career took off and she ended up working for the federal government for seventeen years. During her time at DFAS, she received a great deal of leadership development training and she greatly enjoyed the opportunities to learn and grow. In addition, she got to interact with a wide variety of people from all walks of life. Through these daily interactions Moja realized more and more her love for people and walking through life with them.
A few years ago, Moja founded her coaching company and transitioned into coaching full-time last April. In this role, she has been able to fully embrace her love for people and helping them. “My goal is to help people find fulfillment and become the best version of themselves.” She helps her clients adapt a growth mindset, discover how they can currently showed up, uncover what is holding them back from achieving their goals, and overcome major life and career challenges. Many people have been positively impacted by the work Moja has done in their lives and she is excited to see what the future holds.
Women of Beneficence
As stated above, Women of Beneficence is a women’s philanthropic group that has supported a wide variety of causes and projects over the years. Moja had not heard of this group until moving back to the Central Indiana area when she was invited to an event. While in attendance, Moja was awestruck with the work that these women were doing. “It was so inspiring to be in a room with amazing women that are giving back to the Ball State community.”
It did not take long after that for Moja to make the decision to join this group. For her, this was a full circle moment as she thought of all those years ago being a child on this campus and now getting to support the future of Ball State. Having influence as a woman is something that is near and dear to Moja’s heart, so being a part of this incredible organization has allowed her to find fulfillment in her own life.
“As women, it is so important for us to advocate for each other and bring up the next generation. This is such a great way to be part of something that is bigger than yourself. And as women, we get to make our voices heard and support projects that will impact the future.” – Moja Harmon
Advice for Students
“As you go forward in your life, always check in with yourself. Learn to know who you are, what your values are, and what makes you happy. Consider these things as you pursue education and career aspirations because at some point you will come to a crossroads and will have to ask yourself if what you are doing really makes you happy.” – Moja Harmon
These words are powerful and Moja hopes that all students seriously consider them at each stage in their education and career. She believes that actively checking in with yourself regularly gives you time to think about what is important to you and what is next to come. She believes that “if you are intentional about what you are doing and pursue what makes you happy, you will have more fulfillment in life.”
For more information about the Women of Beneficence or becoming a member, please click here.