We had the good fortune of connecting with DaKenya Douglas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi DaKenya, what do you want people to remember about you?
Legacy is a heavy word with significant implications. I take my legacy very seriously. It’s more than what people will remember me by; It’s the way I influence others. My legacy to others is the life I have lived, Including bad decisions, good decisions, and how I treated others. What I want people to say about me, “she always gave me her all. Whether I asked for help or not if there was something she could do for me she did it with no expectation of reciprocity.” I want people to make better decisions, live fuller lives, and be a positive influence to those in their circle because they’ve experienced my legacy. I don’t think of my legacy as a single heroic act or holding a high-level position. When I think about legacies that have impacted my life, those people influenced me daily with the way they lived, loved, and what they valued and how they shared. That’s what I want people to remember about me.
What should our readers know about your business?
I started DaKenya Douglas Consulting to allow me the freedom to choose the people I work with and the projects I take on. My business gives me the freedom of choice and an outlet to feed my passion for helping others while using my gifts and talents. I am at the heart of it all an encourager and supporter. I enjoy helping my clients create strategies to overcome their business problems and reach their business goals. We all have talents, but sometimes the stressors of running a business pull us from those talents and we get frustrated and off-course., Traditional consulting involves providing a strategy to a business problem or project. DaKenya Douglas Consulting uniquely positions itself as the Concierge Consultant, not only providing strategies to move the needle, but providing support through execution to promote better outcomes. Running a business is not easy. New businesses are tough and the market is saturated. It’s very easy to get frustrated when your business doesn’t take off like you envision, however when you stay true to your “why” and your “who” you will attract your ideal client who needs your specific gifts and talents. That’s what I want my brand to stand for. We serve business owners who run small businesses that are built on their talents and skills and we provide strategies and systems to ensure they can continue to focus on their “why” and “who” and grow their businesses.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Baton Rouge I’m a huge fan of shopping and eating so no list would be complete without stores and restaurants. If a friend of mine were visiting Baton Rouge we’d start with a cookout at home. My husband is a beast on the grill. We’d do chicken, ribs, and burgers and spend some time in the Southeast Louisiana heat laughing and listening to music. Of course, no cookout is complete without boiling some seafood. Crawfish, shrimp, or crabs, depending on the season. Home boils are the best but there are a few places in town that will do as well: Tony’s Seafood is a staple and LTK Seafood will serve you up for some Louisiana spice!
No trip to Baton Rouge would be complete without taking a stroll through downtown. We have some fabulous iconic places to visit. We could grab a slice at Schlittz & Giggles or a quick lunch at Poor Boy Lloyd’s. There’s always something going on at Galvez Square, live music, farmer’s market, or some type of festival that really showcases our region’s culture. There’s an active nightlife downtime, bars are conveniently located within walking distance of each other and most have patios so the music spills out and you can easily move between bars. A great place to combine shopping and eating, Perkins Rowe, which has a series of shops, restaurants, and a movie theatre all located in one place. They also host live music, and other events and have plenty of space to sit out enjoy the fresh air. If my friend has a family, there are lots of choices including Blue Bayou Water Park and Liberty Lagoon. There’s all kinds of activities from golfing, to bike riding. Louisiana is known as a Sportsman Paradise.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to all the phenomenal ladies that have cheered me on, starting with the strong, independent and fierce women of my family. My Grandmother Doris, a trendsetter who lived by her own rules. My mother, Deborah, the consummate supportive, protective, and loving Mother who worked full-time, took care of the house and kids and made all of our after-school activities while also providing a safe space to land when times were tough. There are so many more examples in my family, my loyal and passionate Aunt Anita, my Cousin Terril who let me follow her around and who was my fashion icon. My Great Aunt Wilma who juggled her role as wife and mother and a thriving at-home business before side hustles and gigs were a thing. And a host of other amazing women who loved unconditionally and poured into me every day. The women of my family are the village by which I was raised.
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