TheBOSSNetwork: What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or
LaKisha Hillard: When first starting out as a Higher Education Educator, it was hard for me to break through to the Non-profit sector because I worked with a for-profit education sector
BN: What inspired you to break into your particular industry?
LH: Well, what inspired my career as an Educator was inspired by – was my experience in working as a case manager for a Chicago social service agency – and while doing so, I noticed that so many of my youth cases regardless of race/gender; they all had one thing in common – the lack of support and education. As for being an Author: what Influenced me was my own story and the obstacles that lie within it; once I overcame my struggles and fears, I vowed to tell my story with the hopes of helping another single unwed mother to overcome any stigmas or fears as well.
BN: How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance?
LH: Ha! It’s a forever process, however I’ve learned to take a moment amidst everything that is going on in my life – and do a self-check list – to make sure I’m still on target for my goals.
BN: What is an inspirational quote that you live by?
LH: “To Thine Own Self Be True” -Shakespeare
BN: Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way?
LH: I’ve always embraced successful women who were super cool and down to earth – and would always say “When I grow up.” But to name one in particular my high school Mentor/Soror Robin Riley-Robinson, was that woman. Such a sophisticated and successful woman yet super cool. She was always there – supporting me like a big sister.When it mattered she was there! And I said when I grow up I will do the same for a young person…
BN: What are your must-haves to keep your career or business going strong?
LH: I must have God first and foremost. I must pray several times a day. I must have peace, so that I can think clearly and make the best of the tough decisions that I am faced with daily.
BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?
LH: A BOSS to me, is a woman who has experienced obstacles in life that prepare her to figure out what her X factor is; and now she has learned who she is; she then learns how to tap into that “stuff” which makes her – uniquely her; and then use it for a purpose bigger than herself. She is the kind of woman that makes young girls step their game up.
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