2014 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year®, Owener of She Swank | Too, Founder of MilSpousepreneur
Lakesha Cole is the mother of two daughters, Kailey and Kirby, and a brand new son, Keegan. She owns She Swank | Too, a curated shop for women and girls.
Lakesha’s dream of owning a boutique started almost seven years ago while sitting in her tiny apartment, unemployed with a 1-year-old, a deployed husband and all of her family some 2,000+ miles away. Today the She Swank | Too brand has traveled to customers in all 50 states and two countries. These successes led to the opening of her first successful pop-up shop in Okinawa, Japan. Lakesha gives back to the community by providing retail opportunities for military spouses. Lakesha created “The Milspouse Market,” a program designed to give military spouses the opportunity to bring their handmade products to retail and sell in She Swank | Too.
Lakesha was selected as the 2014 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® for her entrepreneurial prowess, volunteer efforts, personal sacrifice and her efforts to support the military community. Lakesha represents the millions of past and present military spouses who continue to thrive in a wartime environment, dedicate their lives and families to service of a grateful nation and give back to a community in need.
Lakesha’s commitment to authenticity is at the core of how she lives her life and runs her business. Lakesha was also selected into the Military Entrepreneur Program by Inc. Magazine. She received mentoring from CEOs amongst Inc.’s 500|5000 Fastest Growing Company List and from some of the best business minds in the world. She now serves as a mentor to military spouse entrepreneurs and eagerly shares her experiences to assist spouses in starting, surviving and succeeding in small business, despite the daily challenges of the military lifestyle.
Lakesha earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism with a minor in Public Relations from North Carolina A&T State University. She recently earned an Associates of Applied Science in Retail Marketing from Parsons The New School for Design. Lakesha and her family are currently stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan.
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