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Meet LaKisha Irby, Entrepreneur, Author, Coach, Mentor, and Business Servant Leader

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1. Please, so our readers can get to know you, briefly introduce yourself to our audience.

I love children. I recently became a volunteer troop leader with my local Girl Scout troop. I’m a homebody, but I love good food and fellowship. I love learning and growing my business portfolio. Motherhood is a joy with my mini-me.

I was recently ordained in ministry, so now that gift is expanding outside of my local area. I love family time, but I also enjoy my time alone. The beach with warm weather is my happy place. There are more ventures coming soon, so keep watching.

2. What is your business all about? 

I have explored many facets of business including childcare, homecare, property management, coaching, and mentoring budding entrepreneurs. I am into achieving my own goals and helping others achieve theirs as well. There’s no greater joy than knowing you have been used to be a blessing, providing opportunities to others all the while doing what you love.

3. What inspired you to get started?

My inspiration is knowing there is more to me than being an unemployed housewife. I was not where I intended to be. I started one of my businesses before my marriage, closed it during my marriage, and reopened it during my separation.

I was pregnant and needed a way to provide for my unborn child. Since then, my vision has grown by leaps and bounds while continuing to grow as time progresses.

4. What is your educational background?

I have obtained four degrees throughout the years. I have a general science degree and a bachelor’s in human and community services, which is a combination of psychology and sociology degrees.

My last two degrees are a master’s in health administration and a master’s in business administration. I’ve also obtained many certifications and licensing in childcare, healthcare, and ministry.

5. What are your motivations?

My greatest motivations are my daughter and my assignment. My assignment is what motivates me and my daughter is my why.

6. What advice do you have for other people who want to do this same thing?

The best advice I could give is to know who you are. Find your assignment. Find your purpose in life and then pursue it. Know who you are, so no one can deter you from getting to your destination. There will be obstacles and pitfalls on your journey. It’s not the number of times you fall, but the number of times you get up. You’re going to make mistakes along the way. Learn from your lessons. Grow from them. Never have too much pride to ask for help.

The purpose of coaches, mentors, and trusted wise counsel is to help you get to the next level in your life. Don’t be afraid to open your mouth. A closed mouth will never get fed so utilize all resources available to you.

Understand that you have to do the work. Laziness will get you absolutely nowhere, but being a busy body is just that: you’re busy but accomplishing nothing. Make good use of your time.

7. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

I see myself expanding several businesses and coaching internationally.

8. Any present or future projects?

I’m currently developing a brand that will change how you view your life and how to obtain the life of your dreams. I’m also expanding a few of my current businesses.

9. What is the biggest challenge you’ve experienced in your business as a person of color?

This is a sad, but hard truth. I have experienced more challenges from those who look like me than those who do not. In many cases, they are the same sex and are older than me.

Until women understand there is room for all of us, we will be stuck in an ongoing rat race. The ultimate goal is to help the younger generation avoid the same pitfalls or the same mistakes we may have made in life or business.

Women of wisdom should find joy in teaching as younger women should enjoy gleaning from that wisdom. We have a long way to go, but it doesn’t have to start with them, it can start with you.

10. Are you Married or Single?

I am single with a desire to be married.

11. How can we connect with you on social media?

www.instagram.com/lakishamirby

www.facebook.com/dreamlife

12. What is your greatest accomplishment?

My love for God, God’s people, my life, and my beautiful daughter.

13. As a person of color, what advice will you give someone starting their own business or career?

What are you waiting for? Give yourself permission to be great. Give yourself permission to live the life of your dreams. Every day isn’t going to be easy, just know what you ultimately put in, is what you get out.

Never mind the naysayers, your haters, and dream killers. Learn to disclose only what’s necessary. A person can’t talk about or hate on anything they know absolutely nothing about. Move in silence, then reveal upon completion. Just live.

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