Latesha Byrd

Company: Byrd Career Consulting
Position: Founder and CEO
Age: 29

WHERE WERE YOU BORN?

Raleigh, NC

HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN CHARLOTTE AREA?

10 years

TELL US A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT YOU?

I grew up in Raleigh, NC but came to Charlotte for college and fell in love with the city. Since my childhood, I wanted to be Accountant (weird and random, right)? Well, I developed a love for numbers, budgeting and cash outflow/inflow. I grew up in a single parent household and watched my mother work 2-3 jobs while trying to maintain the household and pay bills, so as soon as I learned math, I started creating budgets for our us.

I decided to attend UNC Charlotte to be in the city of Charlotte, as it was the 2nd largest finance hub in the US and thought it would be a great location to launch my career. I graduated in 2012 with a BS in Accounting, went on to attend NC State University for my Masters in Accounting in 2013. After graduating, I passed the CPA exam and began my career with KPMG in Audit. Once I realized my passion was in professional development, decided to make a career change and transitioned into Campus Recruiter with Dixon Hughes Goodman, where I managed Campus Recruiting for Charlotte, NYC, Jacksonville, and Tampa, Florida. During my time with DHG, I built initiative recruiting programs and developed strategies for leadership to identify, attract, and recruit top talent, as well as getting heavily involved with Diversity & Inclusion initiatives.

In 2018 I took the leap into full-time entrepreneurship to focus on growing my Company, Byrd Career Consulting, which specializes in career development resources for millennials in Corporate America. Sinc it’s founding in 2015, we’ve served 800+ professionals, and I’ve helped my clients land their dream careers with over $60K salary increases. I have a small team of resume writers and career coaches, and love being able to fully dedicate my career to helping others find success and happiness in their lives. My work has given me the opportunity to serve a myriad of clientele including Universities, Corporations and Non-Profits such as Wake Forest University, Black Enterprise, City of Charlotte, JLL and United Negro College Fund. I’m also an Adjunct Instructor with North Carolina A&T State University, where I teach a College Success course to Freshmen focused on personal + professional development.

Outside of working, I love to travel, read, listen to podcasts and spend time with my cat, Nipsey.

DURING YOUR TIME VOLUNTEERING FOR A COMMUNITY ACTIVITY OR PROJECT, WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT?

One of most memorable moments was presenting at a Conference for College Students on how to land their dream job out of school. I had a young lady approach me after my session with tears in her eyes. Her mom had gotten really sick with Cancer, been struggling to keep her grades up while working & taking care of her mom. Her GPA dropped & no one would hire her. So afterwards we spent some time working on her resume, practicing her elevator speech & how to get back on track. Those moments I don’t take fore granted that she felt comfortable enough to confide in me and ask me for guidance.

IN YOUR OPINION, HOW DO YOU CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMUNITY? PLEASE BE AS DETAILED AS YOU CAN.

I have been volunteering and providing professional development workshops for years at UNC Charlotte, Johnson C. Smith University, Johnson & Wales and Queens University, I go back as often as I can to pour into the students. I’ve also volunteered with the Urban League to provide resume workshops to young teenage mothers. Being a part of professional associations that focus on service is extremely significant. I’ve served on the Boards of various organizations including National Association of Black Accountants, Charlotte Shapers, Carolina Youth Coalition and the UNC Charlotte Black Alumni Chapter. Last year, I created a Young Black Entrepreneurship Panel in partnership with the UNC Charlotte Black Alumni Chapter that offered guidance and advice to students of color interested in pursuing business ownership. It’s important to me that minorities and those in underrepresented spaces have exposure and access to knowledge/tools to make change/impact not only within themselves, but their communities.

PLEASE LET US KNOW ANY AWARDS OR RECOGNITIONS YOU’VE RECEIVED IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL CAREER:

• Black Chamber of Commerce 30 under 30 Award (2016)
• UNC Charlotte Belk College of Business Young Distinguished Alumni Award (September 2019)
• NBC Charlotte Interview on How to Navigate LinkedIn (2018)
• WTKR Coastal Live Segment on How to Engage Millennials & Gen Z in the Workplace (2019)

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OR INTEREST?

I love attending concerts, traveling, and reading.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE THAT YOU STAND BY?

“There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.” – Oprah Winfrey

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS? 10 YEARS?

In 5 years, I see myself doing more traveling, coaching, speaking and volunteering. I would like to grow my speaking and coaching practice to work with clients internationally on Career Empowerment, Career Ownership and Professional Self-Discovery. In 10 years, I would love to go back to school for my PHD and become Director of an Entrepreneurship Center for a HBCU (Historically Black College & University), leading the charge on entrepreneurial education + access for students.

CAN YOUR SHARE ONE THING THAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

One thing on my bucket life is to take a solo trip to South Africa.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU USED YOUR PASSPORT?

Dominican Republic in 2017

WHAT IS A FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?

My cat Nipsey that I’ve had for 6 years now, was rescued in a parking lot! No one knows this, but he was stranded in the parking lot during the Summer of 2013 at a friend’s job. They heard him meowing loudly outside during a hot summer day so they felt bad, brought him inside and fed him. My friend brought him home to me in a box that same day (he was only 4 pounds)! The next day I took him to the vet and made sure he got all his shots and I’ve kept him ever since.

WHO IS YOUR HERO?

Michelle Obama

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?

The Path Made Clear, Oprah Winfrey

WHAT WAS THE LAST MOVIE YOU SAW?

Lion King

WHAT WAS THE LAST CONCERT YOU SAW?

J. Cole’s Dreamville Festival

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