Certified Financial Planner, La Vera Prestage

Houston, Texas native, La Vera Prestage is a certified financial planner professional for Legacy Builders Advisory Group, a financial advisory practice of Financial Services, LLC. This Walker’s Legacy member made it her business to be a part of a supportive group that advances entrepreneurial women of color.

Burger King Cashier to Co-Owner of a Franchise

As a young adult La Vera Prestage’s first job would be at Burger King where she was a cashier. Little did she know, that same young girl would grow up to own a franchise with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Where she delivers financial advice to help others reach financial stability and achieve their goals. The company has been helping clients for over 130 years! La Vera’s goal was to bring the level of advice and support to the Black community.


La Vera Prestage grew up on the northeast side of Houston, Texas. La Vera credits her family for shaping and molding the woman she is today. Describing them as “loving, spiritual, and hardworking.” She mentions the central message learned from her household being, “You can be successful if you work for it” Prestage says that her biggest inspiration is her desire to help others.”  Problem-solving and troubleshooting come naturally to La Vera. Therefore, putting her skills to good use and steering others on the right financial track was a no brainer. Her daughter, who is a recent college graduate, is also the driving force behind her work in aiding others. La Vera advises women of color in business…  

“We’ve waited so long for a seat at the table. Let’s build our own house, our own kitchen, and our own table… Remember that you can do all things through Christ” 

Nia Ross

Nia Ross is a junior at Virginia Union University, majoring in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. Ross has contributed to programs such as, PBS Production U as a Videographer and Editor and the media organization at Norfolk State University, National Broadcasting Society Alpha Epsilon Rho. Since then, Nia has developed her own businesses. One, “Shot By Miss Nini Michelle” where she provides photography, videography and editing services, and the other, ”Nini Michelle Cosmetics”, where she distributes makeup and beauty products. Nia's purpose with her businesses are to enhance and inspire the expression of beauty and confidence within individuals.

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