GUEST SPEAKER – LAKITSIA GAINES

Lakitsia Gaines

Is a Miami, FL native and a graduate of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

After 10 years of promotions and relocations with State Farm, Lakitsia wanted more than success as an employee of a fortune 500 company. She wanted to be her own boss, achieve independent financial freedom and give more back to her community. So, in 2006, she became an agency owner of the #1 auto, life, homeowners and boat insurer in the country- State Farm. She has a team of 15 multilingual and licensed insurance and financial services professionals dedicated to protecting your wealth. They speak Russian, French, Creole, Spanish, English and her favorite language – MONEY. As one of nearly 200 agents out of 19,000 across the country, she has two State Farm agencies: located in Miami and Hallandale Beach.

She and her teams have achieved many awards including the internationally coveted Million Dollar Roundtable. This represents the top ½ of 1 % of insurance and financial professionals in the WORLD. Other awards include: Chairman’s Circle (10 year qualifier), SVP club, Mutual Funds Platinum Award, NAIFA National Multiline Sales Award and NAIFA National Sales Achievement Award.

She has been recognized as “Business Firm of the Year,” “Most Influential and Prominent Black Women in Business and Leadership” and the coveted “In the Company of Women Awards” as an Outstanding Woman of Business and Economics. Last year, she was a guest speaker at the International Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit. She has been featured on the Steve Harvey Morning Show and twice on the Power Stage at the Essence Festival in Louisiana. She is a member of Miami Biscayne Bay (FL) Chapter of The Links, Inc., The Miami Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Rotary International, a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. She currently leads the Finance Workshop Committee. She serves as a board member for many nonprofits.

Her personal motto is, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” As a college scholarship recipient, she personally donates more than $50,000 a year in sponsorships and scholarships for deserving high school students. She is an active volunteer sharing more than 200 hours of complimentary seminars for financial literacy to the public.

She is a wife to Shawn and a mom of two teenagers Kendall and Kaitlyn.

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