We had the good fortune of connecting with Lashawn Dreher and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lashawn, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
How I balance has improved, but honestly, as a solopreneur the thought of work-life balance seems ideal, yet impossible. Yes, we need and deserve breaks, vacations, and all the things that come with putting business to the side. However, when those moments come, our minds are always on go. We’re consistently thinking of ways we can improve, new strategies to implement, resources to try, conducting research on our industries– it’s never-ending. Work-life balance just sounds good because we know we need it, but achieving it is a different beast. It requires you to give your personal life the same discipline given to entrepreneurship, and that’s no easy feat.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I founded BlkWomenHustle to defy stereotypes and provide black women with the content, resources, connections, and spaces to build their businesses. I wanted to celebrate them and ensure they’d receive the recognition and support they deserved, in spite of their business size, followers, and the other frivolous things many publications and platforms require for recognition. I knew there were women who’d been accomplishing greatness, breaking records, and making history without a space to be celebrated– so I created it. I began my career as a Marketing Strategist that same year, working with clients through social media management, brand partnerships, and digital campaigns. I’ve helped established solopreneurs and businesses grow their online audiences across diverse industries and generate thousands with multi-channel strategies and campaigns. In my experience, I’ve designed assets, curated nationwide events, launched campaigns, and organized partnerships with companies like Eventbrite, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lululemon, and Alikay Naturals. Both of my businesses were launched after the most difficult and depressing year of my life. Nothing about this journey has been easy, but I’ve learned to navigate it in a way that works for me. Aside from the unexpected start, the hardest part was realizing I was in my own way when it came to growing my businesses. I needed to scale my business and revenue, but it couldn’t happen without a team and delegation. It’s always a hard decision to make because you’re trusting someone new to care about your business as much as you do.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
It’s hard to think about this in the midst of a “panny”. A week here? We can start with brunch at Main Course, then walk outside to Soda City Market to check out the vendors and food if it’s a Saturday. We’d catch a live band or two downtown, grab some vegan eats from A Piece of Soul Vegan Kitchen, stop by Belladonnas to get our energy right, and top it off with a sunset at the lake. However, after a day or two, we’ll have to get in the car and take a road trip! (LOL) The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Hmm. It’s not easy to just say thanks to dozens of thousands of women who’ve contributed so much! I want to shoutout every black woman in my personal life, every client, and each woman who’s engaged with BlkWomenHustle, whether live or digitally. I’ve connected with thousands of women around the globe and the relationships are priceless. In everything I’ve accomplished, black women have genuinely supported without question. I have to shout out DeElva Dash of the 7oh9 Clothing Brand and the rising esthetician Ebony Cue for always having my back, giving me dope apparel, and keeping my skin on point! They’ve traveled across the country to support me in all of my endeavors, so I have to give thanks for their genuine friendship and support. Shout out to Shalandria Elliott of Moelli Consulting for being the best virtual assistant a woman could ask for! I must personally shoutout Dr. Eve Hudson who showers me and my businesses with love and support every chance she gets, and we have yet to meet. She’s the reason for this article! There is nothing like having women in your corner who understand you and wholeheartedly believe in supporting others when there is nothing to gain. My gratitude is endless!

Website: https://www.lashawndreher.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lashawndreher

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lashawn-dreher-mba

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/lashawndreher

Other: Clubhouse – @lashawn

Image Credits
LUVJOY Studios, HUNCreative, Chan and His Camera

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