We had the good fortune of connecting with Lea Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lea, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
The simple answer to this is to never give up. Trust me, there have been plenty of times where I asked myself what’s the point? I have a great 9-5 that provides me with the necessities to pay my bills and live comfortably. But what does financial freedom mean to you? For me, it means not having to ask for a raise or a promotion from my superior. It means living life on my own terms and on my own time. It means getting up and traveling the world whenever I see fit. That’s the goal, that is what I’m working towards, so I can’t give up. My business was started as a side hustle and I’m still navigating the idea of what it could be. All you need is potential and a whole lot of faith.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
LxR Consulting, LLC was founded during the start of COVID-19. I still had my 9-5, but things were slow and the majority of my workload was “on-hold.” There was a lot of uncertainty around what would happen. All I knew for sure was I just bought a home and my mortgage was not going to pay itself, I needed more than one source of income! I didn’t know where things would go or even where to start, but I’m passionate and very good at what I do, so I took a risk. Fortunately for me, I never lost my 9-5 and my risk paid off. LxR Consulting is a recruitment consulting firm redefining the way small businesses interview, hire and retain top talent using foolproof talent strategies. Specializing in STEM and healthcare, we can assist your business with: Permanent & Temporary Staffing, Talent Development & Recruitment Strategy Consulting, Event Management and HR Consulting. I created this company because I saw a gap within small businesses of not having a talent acquisition specialist or HR generalist on staff. They were unable to adequately hire or retain good people because they didn’t know where to start. That’s where we come in. We can easily revamp your hiring process and create a seamless recruitment and onboarding strategy from start to finish! I recently wrote an e-book for both job seekers and hiring leaders titled “Deciphering Red Flags In an Interview.” Interviewing is a skill that many don’t have, but it can be learned. Being a certified staffing professional and having worked in the field for many years, I decided to share my knowledge on the topic. I enjoyed writing this e-book and plan to continue to share my knowledge within blogs and other e-books in the future.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in the West Midtown area so my first thought would be to hit my neighborhood. Barcelona Wine Bar for tapas, Slim & Husky’s for pizza, Bar Taco for some street tacos and cocktails. Nightcap at Little Trouble. If it’s summertime, we’ll definitely hit the beltline and walk around Ponce City Market. And now you know we can’t talk about Atlanta without talking about Brunch. I love Roc South Cuisine, South City Kitchen and 5Church in the city. In Buckhead, we’d go to Taverna then hop over to Biltong Bar for happy hour. We’d check out Krog Street, the High Museum, Peter’s Street and Martin Luther King Jr’s house on Auburn Ave too. I honestly could keep going! Atlanta has so many things to do depending on the mood you’re in. 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?
My first shoutout has to go to God, my faith has got me through everything. I wouldn’t be here today without the grace of God. Secondly, my boyfriend, Khai Edouard. He’s my biggest cheerleader and support system. LxR Consulting would not exist if it wasn’t for his encouragement and guidance. Shameless plug – he’s a successful entrepreneur in the IT consulting space and his company, The Simple Vue, was my first paying client. I thank God every day for bringing Khai into my life! Lastly, my friends and family. My tribe is undefeated ya’ll. I have some of the most supportive girlfriends in my life that mean the world to me! Special shout out to my mom and sister. Where do you think I got this drive and determination from? Sharon raised us. Thank you to everyone who bought my e-book, shared one of my posts or sent me words of encouragement!

Website: www.lxrconsulting.com

Instagram: @lxr.consulting

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/learbrown

Other: Personal ig: @leaxrenee

Image Credits
Kebriana Rogers, @the8thframe

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