We had the good fortune of connecting with Tajala “Taj” Battle-Lockhart and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tajala “Taj”, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
“She Believed She Could, So She Did!” This quote has been so inspiring to me because my life has been everything that society said it could not or would not be for someone like me that grew up in poverty. I love this quote because it a true reflection of who I am now and continue to become because I stopped focusing on labels and titles. I started believing in my own abilities and beliefs. When you stop listening to others and truly focus on your abilities, you achieve all that God had plan for you and more. It may not be in alignment with all the things you thought you wanted to be when you grew up but ends up being so much more!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
What sets me apart from others is that with all the positions that I hold they are in alignment with who I am as a person which is a service minded leader.
What I am most proud of first and foremost that my nonprofit will be celebrating five years of service in July. If you pick(ed) up my book “The Nonprofit Legacy” or “Irons Sharpens Irons” on my website, you will learn why this is so meaningful for me and my team to have accomplish they together is amazing. Another, thing I am always proud of is to see my students complete their programs with me from start to finish because I get to learn their stories intimately. To see the achieve makes my heart smile!
How did I get here business wise, it’s because my mom was an entrepreneur and I watched her all my life. I knew it was something I wanted to experience one day. I did not know in what capacity nor what industry until I start teaching at Job Corps. Working there showed me that the government had a great concept however there was too much red tape just to help youth and young adults to achieve a trade. I wanted to expand upon the concept. I took leap of faith and starting my consulting company. It has been a journey of obstacles and successes. It’s my goal to ensure the success of others by impacting my or their communities in a positive way.
What I want the world to know about my story is, that she did not care what society said nor thought, she did it any way!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh, my! If wanted to have a long week having the best time every with my friend? The week would consist of: Lots of tasty restaurant’s throughout the week for breakfast and dinner. Like Miss Shirley’s Cafe, Oceanaire’, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion, Fogo de chao, Founding Farmers, or Mike’s American Grill
We would definitely catch a movie at the IPIC Theater.
You know we have to get some shopping in at Potomac Mills, Pentagon Mall, and Tanger Outlet’s for sure!
Find a local beach and spend some time catching some vitamin D.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to take this opportunity to Shoutout a few people that genuinely supports me in my journey personally and professionally.
Trenance Richardson, the Founder of Real Women an organization that creates a safe space for women to build each other up and be free of titles just to be “You” or support you of discovering new pieces of you. We have done a book together titled “Purpose Pushers”.
Linda Arrey, of the Wilde Women Circle is that virtual friend that checks on her strong friends and I am so grateful for her kindness and her leadership. We have shared a few in-person and virtual stages together.
Lindria Dockett Photography for the still shots Family First Images for the class shot