Conversation with Lakia of Mixed Chicks Inc.
Lakia is an avid business owner who is passionate about making an impact with the creation of her ventures. She created Mixed Chick Sorority, a business with several facets which caters to multiracial women. Read about her business and what makes her unique in her own words.
What or Who inspired you to start your business?
I was inspired to start my business because of my experiences working with bosses from hell. This gave me the drive and ambition to start my business ventures, and I haven’t looked back since.
How do you develop Key partnerships?
I develop key partnerships by, working with the right businesses. Building solid partnerships create a win-win situation for both businesses. Key partnerships build a business and enable cross-promotion, which results in sales.
How did you get funded or what creative strategies did you use to execute on minimal cash flow?
Funding can be very challenging for businesses, I used my own money, to establish my business ventures.
What habits helped make you successful?
Being passionate and dedicated has assisted me greatly with my businesses. Without passion for what you do, you are most likely to give up when things get tough. I am extremely passionate about my entrepreneurial journey.
How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?
I feel like, there’s no competition. I look at my business and how I can improve, then create strategies to enable positive change.
What was your biggest mistake?
No mistakes were made!
How do you deal with failure and how do you learn from failures?
Everything I’ve experience serves as learning.
What was unexpected when you started your business?
Before starting my businesses a woman said,’’ Lakia, you own a business’’? This was unexpected; especially since I’ve always encouraged and also uplifted my fellow women.
What did you learn?
I learned not to expect too much from others, over the years I also realized that women can be “Haters”; however, I don’t allow it to bother me.
What would you have done differently?
Wouldn’t do anything differently. I believe everything happens for a reason.
How can you minimize the unknowns?
I walk in faith, with God, doing so, brings light to the unknowns.
What advice would you give inspiring entrepreneurs?
My advice to inspiring entrepreneurs is to make sure they have a passion for whatever business they are venturing into. Passion is what will make you stay up late, wake up early, and daily work on your venture. Secondly, be dedicated to your business, be focused on what you are doing and don’t be distracted. Never listen to people, who don’t believe in your endeavors. For those of you, who believe in God, always remember that God is with you every step of the way and with any decision you make. If you keep faith in God, He won’t let you fail. Rather God will continuously keep you successful.
What does it mean to live a Designed Life?
My definition of living a Designed Life, is to plan plus achieve a life you don’t need a vacation from and a life you love. Lastly, a Designed Life is a purposeful and intentional life.
What impact do you want to have on the world or change you’d like to see?
The impact I want to have is to, simply inspire others. Who want to fulfill their goals and dreams. I want to also leave a legacy.
What makes your business/product unique?
All my business ventures cater to the biracial and also the multiracial community. In the history of America, no other businesses were bold enough to establish these kinds of business ventures. Rather people are in denial, that biracial and multiracial person exists.
Describe yourself in one word?
What mantra do you live by?
You only live once, make it count!
What habits and mindsets made you successful?
Being dedicated to all I engage in.
What life lessons shaped you? How have they impacted your life or business?
Living experiences with my parish, family, friends, personal relationships, co-workers, ex-bosses, former professors or collaborators. All have shaped me, as a person. These people have either made a positive or negative impact on my life.
Where does your passion come from?
My passion comes from, what I love to do.
What makes you smile?
Knowing that every day, I do my best.
Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner?
I love food, so breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Describe your happy place
Being at peace in life!
What makes you Unique?
I’m very stubborn and will work at it till it’s done.
What is your superpower/ how do you use it?
My superpower is getting things done. Once my mind is made up, nothing can change it. I use it to give me the confidence, to get goals plus dreams achieved.
Finish this statement, A WOMAN IS?
A person who follows her dreams, who is independent and doesn’t need to rely on a man.
How are you living out loud?
By living my childhood dreams. Also, I’m fearless with my life.
What drives you?
Knowing life is short and we’re only here once.
How do you plan on living lavishly in the next decade?
I plan to live lavishly, when I retire.
Lakia Shavon Lightner-Padgett
Mixed Chicks Sorority Incorporated https://mixedchickssororit.wixsite.com/college-sorority
Mix Race Love Magazine https://mixracelovemagazin.wixsite.com/website
Mixed Television Network https://mixedtn37.wixsite.com/website
Mixed Race Museum https://mixedracemuseum37.wixsite.com/website-13