We had the good fortune of connecting with LaToyia Dennis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi LaToyia, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I have always had an entrepreneurial mindset. I am what you call a serial entrepreneur. I have never doubted that I could create, start, and run successful businesses. Once I had my son, I knew that I needed to focus on a business that would allow me to utilize my experience and expertise to earn a living while creating a schedule that is flexible and allows for true parent engagement.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
A Chance to Learn was founded in 2011 to combat the issue of children entering kindergarten behind. In 2016, A Chance to Learn launched its “Motivated Mom” platform to empower mothers all over the world and build a network to provide resources, opportunities, and inspiration for women. Thus, The Motivated Mom was created, and initially consisted of a blog, website (www.motivatedmom.org) and a nation-wide tour featuring celebrity moms, corporate moms and influential moms, all with one mission – to help women find and live their true passions. Today the “Motivated Mom” programs are in communities, schools and online and are designed to spark that motivational feeling to equip moms to live a life of purpose, fully engaged, and financially free. We offer programs and events with ALL moms in mind. Recognizing that the economic stress and pressure of providing for a family financially is one of the main obstacles that keep women stagnant, I am most proud of the work we do with moms in low income communities. Our self-sufficiency program highlights the importance of self-care while providing access to resources centered around health, financial literacy, counseling and coaching, and entrepreneurship. I want to world to know that my dream and desire is ensure that children have access to quality early childhood learning and given a chance to learn while their mom (parents) have access to classes and programs that help them monetize their passions and make a living from the gifts and talents that bring them joy, peace and happiness. I help moms create strategies for success to live a healthy life of purpose, fully engaged, and financially free by offering motivational, inspirational, and educational content that allows them to fund their dreams and be great women and extraordinary moms without compromising their family life.
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.
I have really grown to love the DFW community. If my bestfriend were to visit, we would more than likely do the following: – Stroll and shop a bit at Southlake Town Square – Enjoy the Dragonfly Delight Spa Package at Corinthian Wellness Spa – Grab a bite to eat and cocktails at Hugo’s Invitados – Close out the night on the patio at Elite Cigar Cafe We would then rest up and do it all over again…exploring more of DFW starting with breakfast at Jonathon’s Oak Cliff!
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?
I have been blessed to have some amazing influencers that contributed to me being the person I am today. I think the most influential and the one to whom I dedicate this story is my late grandmother, Shirley Lou Dean. The older I get, the more impactful her sacrifice is in my life. I remember her love, her strength, and her dedication to her family so vividly. She taught me so much, and I am only realizing many of her valuable lessons now that she is gone to heaven.