Lashae Simmons II, B.B.A.'15
Founder, Black Wall Street Muskegon
Financial Planner, Northwestern Mutual
As a financial planner, Simmons is passionate about helping young Black professionals reach their financial goals. But as her clientele grew, she recognized that many Black-owned businesses were failing due to a lack of resources like investment capital and succession planning. Thus, she began Black Wall Street Muskegon, an interactive space where business owners can showcase their companies and products, connect with potential customers and network with fellow entrepreneurs. Simmons not only promotes Black-owned businesses in the Muskegon area, she provides financial planning for business owners who may have otherwise had to close their doors during economic hardships.
Favorite Quote: “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’” – Chadwick Boseman
Favorite WMU Professor: “Dr. Lancendorfer, because she was part of my village.”
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