We had the good fortune of connecting with Ellakisha O’Kelley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ellakisha, what matters most to you?
I am my brother’s/sister’s keeper. This principle assumes the responsibility we have as human beings to use our talents, resources, and skills to improve the lives of each other. Especially, those that are disenfranchised or stuck in battles that we were blessed to overcome. It guides me in being a beneficial presence in our existence.
What should our readers know about your business?
Please tell us more about your business. – I am in the business of empowering athletes, entertainers, and entrepreneurs. I provide legal services to protect them in business dealings regarding their intellectual property, contract transactions, and small business compliance. I accomplish this through my law firm, talent agency and as an NFL Agent. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about.- What automatically sets me apart is that I am me. There is no other Ellakisha. What I bring forth can only be made from the substance that comes from my unique qualities and characteristics. Additionally, I do more than serve in these spaces. I’ve lived through them. I was my first client. My expertise doesn’t just come from books and my degrees; it comes from a passion fueled up by real-life experiences. I am most excited about being able to get up every day and participate in what I consider a vocation and not a job. And, for landing my first TEDx talk that will be coming up in September 2020. How did you get to where you are today business-wise. I followed the dots. People, personal experiences, situations, and opportunities guided me towards being right where I am. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? The process was/is not easy. I overcome challenges by staying the course and being receptive to my inner voice. I have found answers within challenges. Thus, embracing them has given me the power to overcome them. What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. I’ve learned that when we focus on what we think something should look like, we can miss its presence by what it actually looks like. Now I’m more focused on the end game, and fluid on the journey to get there. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story? My tagline sums up what I want people to know, “It’s more than representation. It’s personal.”
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?
I don’t have any favorite spots. I am a go with the flow type of person. So my visiting friend would have a spontaneous adventure. With that said, coming to Georgia, I would of course have to include certain to do’s within our spontaneity. We have to visit historical sites. All the Martin Luther King Historic sites, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Centennial Olympic Park, and Atlanta History Center would be on the list. We would also visit sites that are good on the eyes such as Atlanta Botanical Gardens. We would fit in time to enjoy some nice art at Woodruff Arts Center and the High Museum of Art. As far as an eatery, one restaurant that is a must go to is La Petit Marche (maybe a few times). Of course, I would have to bring my friend to Slutty Vegan. No one can leave ATL without that whole experience. To relax after week-long activities, I would bring my visiting friend to Just Add Honey Tea Shop.
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?
I want to shoutout all of those that have told me no. I want to shoutout all of those who said I couldn’t. I want to shoutout all of those who have put obstacles before me. Because of them all, I’ve gained experiences that have made me a unique force to serve effectively. I’ve discovered my “why.” Then I want to recognize my family for (mom, sisters, son, daughter, g-baby, and extended family) for supporting my vision.
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The main photo was taken by Louis Cuthbert Photography