I'm affectionately known as Dr. Kisha, a highly sought-after financial independence speaker, workshop facilitator, and financial literacy spokeswoman for Personal Capital. I early retired at 41 years old after amassing $900,000 in investments. I help women early retire by budgeting, maxing retirement accounts and investing in stocks. I'm the author of The Unlikely AchieveHer workbook. You may have seen me in Good Morning America, Business Insider, and PEOPLE for budget tips and saving over $750,000 in four years. Let's start your path to freedom!
Dr. Lakisha L. Simmons (affectionately known as Dr. Kisha) is an award-winning and highly sought-after international speaker, workshop facilitator, and financial literacy spokeswoman. She is the founder of BRAVE Consulting, a women's empowerment firm focused on goal setting, soft leadership skills, and financial freedom. She touches thousands of women's lives through her platform, AchieveHer. She has appeared across all top media channels and outlets, including Good Morning America, Business Insider, and PEOPLE Magazine | PEOPLE.com for her women's empowerment work and saving over $750,000 in four years.
She is the author of The Unlikely AchieveHer soft skills workbook and co-author of Divorced: 7 Keys to Making it Through Your Parents Divorce with her adolescent son.
She's a first-generation college student. She holds a bachelor's degree in business information systems from Tennessee State University, an MBA from the University of Phoenix, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in management information systems from the University of Mississippi. She holds a Six Sigma Black Belt that was achieved at Caterpillar, Inc.
She was an accomplished professor before retiring at age 41 with 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.
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 turning from saving to investing, everything changed. In her money courses, Dr. Kisha teaches you how to create your financial security through budgeting, debt payoff, investing, and eventually financial independence.
She's been awarded the Rising Star Award by CABLE, 40 Under 40 by the Nashville Business Journal, Nashville Emerging Leader in Education by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, and Susan Short Jones Emerging Leaders Award by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Metro Nashville Chapter. But she's on a mission to help women attain financial security, reach financial freedom and enjoy all the experiences life has to offer. She shares real-life goal-achieving and simple wealth-building information and tools so that women can achieve their dreams and reach financial freedom.
Dr. Kisha served as the inaugural university chair of the Faculty Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Committee at Belmont University. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Faculty Member of The Ph.D. The project, and the Honor Societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma International.
She also has a passion for mentoring and helping girls through her Period Project work under the non-profit she founded, The Achiever Academy. The Achiever Academy facilitated the donation of over half a million-period products in middle Tennessee since 2018.
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