We had the good fortune of connecting with La’Kendra Garrison and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi La’Kendra, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind my success and the success of my brand is my faith. Period. For all things, I consult with God and ask for guidance. I don’t always listen and that is typically when I find myself in a pickle! As I have grown as an adult and mother, I am more intentional about seeking God’s guidance before I move on an idea, agree to manage an event, or take on a new client.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My event management business, Integrity Orchid Consulting, LLC, was established in 2017. Previously, I had successfully implemented church events and was even pulled out of the audience to coordinate a wedding and reception on the spot! After a few more church events, I realized the chaos of event logistics was something I wasn’t only great at, but I quite enjoyed it! My business name starts with ‘Integrity’ because that is what I lead with. If there is an event that is beyond my scope or a task I am not sure of, I will not lead a client to believe I will be able to execute with excellence. Getting to where I am today was not extremely difficult. I had knowledge of how to start a business, the gift of managing events and a great mentor. Growing my business to where I want it to be in the future has been more challenging. Although, I was blessed to have many projects during the COVID-19 pandemic and able to self-promote, the uncertainty of COVID caused many business and individuals to cancel future events, and understandably so! However, this also meant my goals for Integrity Orchid would not meet the deadlines I originally set. “Delayed” does not mean “denied”! I have had to revisit and reset my goals and timelines frequently and I know everything will work out as it should when it is time.
If I could leave the world a message about Integrity Orchid Consulting, it would be that we genuinely care about our clients and the experiences we help them create.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The common thread between myself and all of my close friends is we love food! When one of the besties Ekaete, comes to visit from Miami there are a few spots we must visit. Day 1 – We’d start with The Top which is downtown. The Top has amazing drinks and is hands down one of my favorite places to have dinner.
Day 2 – Definitely a spa day at Spa Royale! Massages, facials, manis and pedis will all be in order. Spa Royale offers one of the most amazing relaxation experiences in town! After we get de-stressed we would likely visit our favorite Indian restaurants, The Kabob House, and get enough food to last us through the rest of the day. The Kabob House has authentic Indian cuisine and fantastic customer service.
Day 3 – Wing Wednesday! Before we place our order using the Wing Stop app, we would visit Ocala, FL for a shopping day at the mall.
Day 4 – As my bestie’s time with me comes to a close, we’d take a stroll out to Celebration Pointe and patron the many shops available in the plaza after enjoying a movie. To end our day at CP, we would enjoy a fabulous dinner at Spurriers Gridiron Grille.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
As I began building my business and attempting to bring it to life, there was one person who never denied me her time and knowledge: Talia Rogers, Owner/Creative Director of The Luxe Planner. Talia offered herself to me as a resource for all things event planning and management when others would not help. I look up to Talia as an expert in the event planning/management space and am more than honored to call her my mentor and friend.

Website: www.integrityorchid.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/integrityorchid/

Image Credits
Headshot credit: James Hardy

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