Dr. Lakisha L. Simmons (affectionately known as Dr. Kisha) is a first-generation college student, tenured professor of analytics, author of The Unlikely AchieveHer, and financially independent AchieveHer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business information systems from Tennessee State University, an MBA from University of Phoenix, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in management information systems from University of Mississippi. She holds a Six Sigma Black Belt that was achieved at Caterpillar, Inc. As a professor, she has written over 40 peer reviewed scholarly works. When she received tenure in 2017, she was one of only 51 female, African-American Information Systems business school professors in the U.S. She's overcome many obstacles from childhood trauma to divorce. She has been featured in Business Insider and PEOPLE Magazine | PEOPLE.com for saving and investing a crazy amount of money in a short amount of time.
She's been awarded the Rising Star Award by CABLE, 40 Under 40 by the Nashville Business Journal, Nashville Emerging Leader in Education by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and Susan Short Jones Emerging Leaders Award by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc Metro Nashville Chapter. But she's on a mission to help YOU attain financial security, reach financial freedom and enjoy all the experiences life has to offer. She shares real-life goal achieving and simple wealth building information and tools so that you can achieve your dreams and reach financial freedom.
As CEO of BRAVE Consulting, she's on a mission to help people attain financial security, reach financial freedom and enjoy all the experiences life has to offer. She shares real-life goal achieving and simple wealth building information and how she reached financial freedom. Her full story and path to success is told in her workbook, The Unlikely AchieveHer, a personal and career development guide for women to overcome life’s most common obstacles and gain the prosperity they deserve.
But she's not from a "wealthy" family. She bounced around schools, lived with and was raised by multiple family members, and felt hopeless as a child. But she had to shift her mindset and develop grit and hustle to get there. But when she learned that financial freedom could be as simple as shifting from saving to investing, everything changed. Dr. Kisha teaches you how to create your own financial security through budgeting, debt payoff, investing and eventually financial independence in her money courses!
Dr. Kisha was the inaugural university chair of the Faculty Inclusion, Diversity and Equity committee at Belmont University. 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.
She also has a passion for mentoring and helping girls through her Period Project work under the non-profit she founded, The Achiever Academy. They've facilitated the donating of over half a million period products in middle Tennessee since 2018.
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