Have you ever shared your hopes and dreams with a friend? Do you ever sit and daydream about all the things you would do once you got your business off the ground??? I have, many times! Some things I execute and others… well … let’s say they have a longer shelf life! Now, let’s talk about The L.A.C.E. Project. If you’ve ever heard me in an interview or speaking engagement I make it no secret that The L.A.C.E. Project was NOT my idea!!! That’s right, if you are hearing this for the first time it was not my idea!!! Back in 2015, my girlfriend, Jocelyn contacted me with an idea she wanted to explore. I was so excited and honored that she asked me to become a partner I began to pray and think of a name for the organization. I really gave it a lot of thought and waited to hear God for an answer. “The L.A.C.E. Project” “ Let’s All Create Empires” came to me as clear as day!!! I presented the name to the group and we began to move forward.
Initially, there were four of us. Two in Nashville and two in the Memphis area. We had conference calls, payment schedules and all types of “business” strategies to help us get our name out there. Over time, I believe the distance, miscommunication, and life in general began to take its toll on the group. Slowly but surely we dwindled down to three, two and a blindsided one. I am that one. I had no idea that I would end up running this organization by myself. There were times I felt as if I couldn’t or wouldn’t be able to do it. I shed a few tears, I wondered if it was something I did or said, I even thought about just scrapping the whole thing!
I soon realized the VISION was bigger than my EGO. The three main principles of the group were to help Educate by scholarships and community involvement, Empower by encouraging women to start their own business and Employ any woman we could by hiring them for our own businesses or helping them be placed somewhere so that they could provide for themselves and their families.
Three years in, I couldn’t turn my back on what I felt I had been called to do. I had to dig deep into my heels and my pockets to make this thing happen. I’ve been blessed by so many people who not only love me but love The L.A.C.E. Project and what it stands for. I’ve been blessed enough to continue with the vision of the founders to help send a young lady to Nashville State, Tennessee State University, Middle Tennessee State University and Spelman College. I am now looking to expand into chapters of The L.A.C.E. Project in multiple cities all over the country (which will, in turn, afford more scholarship opportunities) and eventually international missions and conferences. So as you can see, I will continue to do the work! Keep in mind as long as your heart and spirit are in the right place to receive, God may choose another Vessel to bring the Vision to YOU!