Walker’s Legacy Profiles recognize unique women of color in business that embody the legacy of Madam C.J. Walker, the first female self-made millionaire.
In this installment, meet Sethya, LaKenya, Kyrah, Daniela, Danae, Nia, and Brittany – seven exceptional women leading on and off campus who will join our team as spring interns!
Foundation and Community Engagement Intern, Walker’s Legacy Foundation
LaKenya Franklin-Robinson is a junior Political Science and History double major at Howard University who hails from Dallas, TX. With a passion to protect and promote the needs for women’s rights, she plans to obtain her law degree and fight for all women after graduating from the University in Washington, DC.
“I feel that it’s important to work with women of color because they bring a unique and creative perspective to the table”
“Women of color have always been underestimated in their ability to prevail in all areas,” said LaKenya. “As a woman of color I know that we can change the face of every industry – not just fashion and makeup, but tech and other male-dominated fields.”
Her favorite quote is “Keep your face always toward the sunshine—and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman. She believes this quote speaks to self-confidence and how you should carry yourself. LaKenya uses this quote as a reminder to her to always keep your mind towards the bright side so that the darkness will never overcome you.
Foundation Programming Fellow, Walker’s Legacy Foundation
Born and raised in Washington, DC, Brittany Washington is currently enrolled at the University of The District of Columbia studying Psychology. She has a passion for working with at-risk youth and women transitioning back into society from incarceration. Being the first generation to attend college, she motivates herself to complete her degree.
Brittany acts as a mentor to her younger peers, encouraging them to set goals and standards. Believing in the phrase “each one, teach one”, She is persistent about connecting with the younger generation and being that support system that she had as well. Aside from her career aspirations, Brittany, a future entrepreneur, is also passionate about cosmetics and party planning.
Being raised and mentored by powerful and strong-minded women, Brittany has been taught to be a go-getter and had the opportunity to have some valuable life lesson instilled in her. Because of that, she now has the tools to reach her greatest potential in life. As a woman of color herself, Brittany knows she will have to work 10 times as hard at anything she does. Brittany accepts this challenge, wholeheartedly.
“Being able to work with successful women of color and Walker’s Legacy Foundation constantly reminds me to never allow my skin define who I am.”
“[My work] also enables me to realize how powerful I am.”
Latina Engagement Intern, Walker’s Legacy
Daniela Hincapie is a senior at State University of New York at Buffalo majoring in Pre-Law. Daniela acts as a student ambassador in the Equity and Diversity department where she educates students about the NO Consent program and is also apart of the mock trial club at her college where she competed in the ACMA Midwest Regional Tournament and placed 13th out of 63 other competitors.
“Working with women of color is important to me because there aren’t enough individuals who believe in women overall.”
“Being a woman who comes from a Hispanic background I have experienced the stereotypical reactions men assume I should have or be. The assumption being that because I am Hispanic, I am loud and aggressive,” said Daniela. “Society has created this idea that women are not mentally capable to achieve and excel the things men are able to do. Women overall are not given the credit they deserve in the hierarchy that men and society have established for many years. I want to work with women of color because I know many women are afraid to go after those big corporate jobs or jobs that society has established to be a job only men can do.”
“I want to help women understand that they are capable of pursuing these careers and that they can excel in any field they desire.”
Daniela’s favorite quote is “Only God can judge me” This is her favorite quote because she has gone through situations in her life where she has been afraid to be who she is because of judgments from others. She continues, “I have stopped pursuing dreams afraid of what others think and as I have gotten older I have realized that no one’s opinion matters but my own and God himself. I should not stop chasing my dreams because of others negative feedbacks.”
Daniela hopes to one day achieve her dream of becoming a lawyer and becoming a successful business owner.
Entrepreneurship Programming Intern, Walker’s Legacy
Originally from Chicago, IL, Kyrah Sherrod is a junior at Howard University studying accounting in Washington, DC. At Howard University, she represents the School of Business as a Howard University Student Association Senator and serves under the association’s finance committee.
Over the summer, Kyrah obtained her real estate license at Coldwell Banker and upon graduation, plans on working for an accounting firm to gain public accounting experience and receive her CPA.
“Working with women of color is important to me because of the support we give each other”
“Often times in our society, we constantly are placed in “crab in the barrel” environments,” said Kyrah. “People are constantly putting us down and are not genuinely supporting us. In many places around the world women of color are continuously the “only one.”
She continues, “As women of color, we can truly emphasize with one another especially in work environments. Therefore, it is important to me to work with women of color because we can motivate each other in the process while also watching each other grow.”
After Kyrah obtains her CPA, she aims to use the money saved to start her own brokerage firm.
“I want to give back to the community through real estate, whether it is my Howard Community, D.C. community, or Chicago community.”
Communications & Special Projects Intern, Walker’s Legacy
Danae McDaniel is a junior marketing major from West Palm Beach, FL. She is currently attending Howard University in Washington, DC. Danae’s hobbies consist of dancing, spoken word, and shopping. In the future, she looks forward to being a marketing executive for a film company in an international city.
“Diversity in a workplace can foster creativity and a rise in sales due to more cultural connections.”
She continues, “Working with women of color is important to me because I learn more than complex business strategies and tips for public speaking. I learn more about myself as an individual and different approaches for navigating through the business world as a black woman.”
Being surrounded by like-minded women who also look like her is humbling and motivational for Danae.
Development & Operations Intern, Walker’s Legacy Foundation
“As a minority and woman, am aware of the stereotyping that is present in every environment.”
“…I am continually amazed at the lack of women of color in leadership positions. Generally, women of color face bigger discrimination than white women. In the workplace, it is difficult for them to get promoted or to get equal pay as the men for the same work. I feel it is important to help them to prosper their career,” says Sethya. “We all have to recognize that the barriers exist and create the right path for women to succeed in order to ensure equality.”
Sethya’s favorite quote is “dream higher than the sky and deeper than the ocean.”
People have different needs, wishes, and perspectives on life; however, Sethya believes we all share something in common – a desire to be successful. She believes this quote motivates us all to achieve any goals that we want to achieve.
Social Media and Communications Intern, Walker’s Legacy
Nia Mcgaugh is a current Marketing student at Howard University. Since high school, Nia has assisted and created programming specific to the development of young women, and the homeless community. Through her non-profit project, NiaCares, she has been able to provide support to over 400 members of the homeless community in metro Atlanta.
She is heavily involved with multiple on-campus organizations, such as Howard University 1867 Assistantship, and her own book club BlackMillennialsRead. Nia possesses an immense passion for traveling and fashion marketing. She recently studied abroad in Milan, Italy for 6 months.
“Working with women of color is important to me because we are recognized as the most educated segment of Americans, yet the least paid and least represented in various areas.”
“Growing up I did not see many women who represented the qualities I had working in spaces I wanted to occupy,” said Nia. “I also believe it is extremely important to work with women of color because of the communal issue of competitiveness with African-American women, in particular. We are often taught to see our peers as competitors and are distracted by non-factor issues.”
Nia’s favorite quote is “Dreams and reality are opposites. Action synthesizes them.”- Assata Shakur.
Nia first read this quote in Assata Shakur’s autobiography, and it inspired her to start developing her dreams into plans. She says,
“Often times we have high dreams and expectations, although low productivity in executing those plans. It is my favorite quote because it challenges me to act on things that seem unattainable. “