Lakisha Simmons holds a PhD in Management Information Systems, seeming to make her an unlikely candidate to tackle a distinctly non-business, non-technological social issues. But that didn’t stop her.
Simmons recognized that too many young women here in America struggle to afford feminine hygiene products. To address the issue, Simmons launched the Period Project, to ensure that every young woman has access to period products.
Interview with Lakisha L. Simmons, Ph.D., the Executive Director of The Achiever Academy; Founder Homework Suite App; Associate Professor of MIS at the Jack C. Massey College of Business at Belmont University of The Achiever Academy.
The following is the pre-interview with Lakisha L. Simmons, Ph.D.. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.
What is the problem you solve and how do you solve it?
We tackle issues that are obstacles for girls and young women when striving for success. We found that college women, especially minorities, had difficulties with climbing the corporate ladder and achieving personal and professional success. So we provide networking opportunities and soft skills workshops to bridge those gaps. We also know that period poverty is an issue that prevents economically disadvantaged girls from attending school and therefore host a number of product drives each year.
More about The Achiever Academy:
The Achiever Academy (501(c)3) (http://theachiever.me), is a mentoring and leadership academy to develop poised, persistent, and prosperous college-educated women. The Achiever Academy targets high school, collegiate, and professional women to participate in its events and workshops.
Our Vision is that young adult women are highly achieved, poised, persistent, and prosperous in their personal and professional lives.
Our mission is to support, mentor and teach girls and young adult women to be poised, persistent, and prosperous through sophisticated and inspiring fine dining, service, and networking experiences. The Academy hosts fine dining, networking and service experiences (Period Projects) that include leadership events and soft skills workshops focused on three outcomes: career success, community impact, and a prosperous life.
For-profit/Nonprofit: 501(c)3 Nonprofit
Revenue model: The Achiever Academy is supported by generous sponsors and donors.
Scale: The Achiever Academy has served over 400 girls, college women, and professional women in 2018. We have three board members and a small group of volunteers that work to make our event-based model successful.
Lakisha L. Simmons, Ph.D.’s bio:
Dr. Lakisha L. Simmons (Dr. Kisha) is a Six Sigma Black Belt (Caterpillar, Inc), and associate professor of management information systems at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. She is the founder of Homework Suite App and The Achiever Academy nonprofit. Her expertise in business intelligence and her research in data science and edtech have resulted in over 40 peer-reviewed scholarly works and countless awards. Dr. Kisha was awarded the 2018 Nashville Emerging Leader in Education by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and 2018 Susan Short Jones Emerging Leaders Award by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc Metro Nashville Chapter.
Dr. Kisha earned her undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems from Tennessee State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems with a minor in Marketing from the University of Mississippi. Prior to receiving her doctorate, Dr. Simmons held several positions with Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation, including Six Sigma Black Belt and IT Business Analyst.
Dr. Kisha’s platform centers on keeping girls in school and successful (through Period Project initiatives and college-women networking events) and developing them into poised, persisted and prosperous women (through workshops). She spends a great deal of her time mentoring, training and speaking to young women about tech careers, adulting and academic success strategies.
She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Faculty Member of The PhD Project, and the Honor Societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma International.
More about Lakisha Simmons: http://lakishasimmons.com