Leanna Archer, Founder and CEO of Leanna’s Essentials — all natural hair, body, and beauty care products. She started the company at the age of 9 years old using her great-grandmother’s recipe from Haiti.
"My dad is my main employee, actually. You know, he's the parent - you know, do-chores-do-homework kind of thing. And then once we step into my office, I'm the one in charge. I have fired him plenty of times and twice on national television, but he always - he's one of those people that I just can't let go of."
"My first trip to Haiti was when I was 13, back in 2008. And going down on that trip was a culture shock for me. I became face-to-face with millions of kids in the streets, you know, not going to school, and pretty much just fending for themselves. And that was hard for me to take in because the only difference I saw between me and them was that I had the opportunity to be born in a different setting."
"So I didn't want to leave without, you know, seeing if I could make a difference. And I did, so I started my - the Leanna Archer Education Foundation. I mean, I have 200 kids under my foundation that I work with on a daily basis, to provide food, shelter, and an education for them."
"Take advantage of the resources that are available for us. Fortunately, we grew up in a time where the Internet has just about anything to offer. I didn't know anything about business; my family didn't know anything about business. But I see it as a learning process, and I'm continuously learning as I go. And just most of all, when you have an idea, stick to it. Follow it through even if that's not what you're meant to be doing. It could lead you into something else that you become passionate about."
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