Dr. Lakisha L. Simmons (Dr. Kisha) is a first-generation college student, tenured professor of analytics, 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.

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! 


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. Her full story and path to success is told in her workbook, The Unlikely AchieveHer, a self-help guide to overcome life’s most common obstacles and gain the prosperity they deserve. Start your own path to financial freedom here: Mini Financial Freedom Course.

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