She’s Pretty and Black Owned: Meet Kimberly Lawson

Kimberly Lawson is a TedX Speaker, International Best-Selling Author, an International Speaker, and Fractional C.O.O. As a Fractional C.O.O. Kimberly helps small businesses avoid roadblocks in their business model, ensuring they stay on track strategically and operationally by providing guidance expertise, and executive-level leadership. Through her company Lawson Learning Academy, LLC Kimberly also provides support through training, business consultations, and evaluations for small businesses, school systems, corporations, and nonprofits. Additionally, she is a board member for Nic’s Kicks (nonprofit) which provides sneakers and life skills to underprivileged youth.

What inspired the start of “Lawson Learning Academy LLC”? 

Ultimately my love of helping others build legacies is the reason I started Lawson Learning Academt, LLC. However, suffering a very tragic loss was the catalyst that sparked my soul searching to discover my purpose.

What has been the biggest challenge of running a brand like “Lawson Learning Academy LLC”?

One of my biggest challenges has been maintaining boundaries and following my business plan. I truly love helping people and really wish I could help everyone start a business. However, my business is a for-profit business and while it is difficult to invoice family and friends it is still necessary in order to remain in business.

How does “Lawson Learning Academy LLC” impact the community?

Lawson Learning Academy LLC helps the community by building legacies. When I help someone start a business or grow their business I am helping that person build something that will outlive them and remain in the community and world.

You recently joined the Non-Profit world by joining the board of Nic’s Kicks, can you tell us about the work you are doing through this foundation?

Nic’s Kicks takes under privilege kids shopping for sneakers they can feel good about wearing hence our slogan “Look Good Feel Good”. We recognize that under privilege children are always given clothes and shoes, but rarely are given the opportunity to actually shop for what they want and can feel proud about.

Where do you hope to see your brand in the next 3-5 years?

I would love to see Lawson Learning Academy LLC expanding in the future. I would definitely love to expand into IT more.

What advice do you have for the next generation of entrepreneurs?

Swing for the fences! Don’t be afraid to start your business! Swing for the fences! 

What does being “Pretty and Black Owned” mean to you? 

Pretty and Black Owned means a business is owned and operated by an intelligent black woman.

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