2020 Entrepreneur of the Year Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon
A social entrepreneur, speaker and passionate educator, Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon is committed to revitalizing and unifying her community by curating community-led events that celebrate the arts, change makers, entrepreneurs, plant-based advocates and educators. With more than 15 years of experience in education, Lakeysha has been a critical voice and advocate for creating empowering learning and work environments for students and employees and is deeply committed to work efficacy and social-emotional learning.
“Each of us must dedicate ourselves to serving the good of our people. We are community. Our fate and futures are interconnected. If we act in oneness and in the spirit of togetherness, not only can we survive, we can thrive.”
In 2016, the Batesville, Mississippi native founded the Village Market ATL. The Village Market is a catalyst that brings national exposure and support to black-owned businesses through cooperative economics. The Village features three to four marketplace experiences per year, welcoming a diverse collective of entrepreneurs and small businesses from a variety of states and countries. Lakeysha and her team are intentional about how they engage with businesses of the Village. They provide training, financial literacy and marketing workshops, mentorship and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs.
Lakeysha has been featured in Forbes, Black Enterprise, Because of Them We Can, Creative Loafing, Rolling Out Magazine, The Atlanta Voice, Madame Noire, Side Hustle Pro, Our Voice, Our Lives, The Official Black Wall Street and on CNN, the Cool Soror podcast and Blossom TV. In 2017, she was inducted into the 40 under 40 Society at her undergraduate alma mater, Tougaloo College.