Lakysha Laing from NAMIC-Virginia gets to shave her boss, Bruce Crooks’, head for a good cause -cancer awareness. We had the opportunity to ask her a few questions about NAMIC and learn why she is so involved in promoting awareness of cancer.
What does NAMIC-Virginia do?
NAMIC-Virginia is a local chapter that serves the Hampton Roads and Richmond areas of Virginia. We were incorporated in May 2017 and have 170+ members. Our mission is to educate, advocate and empower for multi-ethnic diversity in the communications industry. Our objective is to be a resource for multi-ethnic Communications professionals to explore and develop skills to succeed in the media and entertainment industry.
What sets your Namic-Virginia apart from others?
What sets NAMIC-Virginia apart is our ability to showcase multi-ethnic influential professionals in the communications field by organizing events/seminars to serve as a platform for learning, networking, and recruiting diverse talent in the media/entertainment community. This allows individuals to have experiences that provide leadership, business & strategic management development opportunities. Additionally, the visibility and collaboration of local businesses in Virginia encourages mentoring opportunities and informal mentoring through chapter relationships.
Where are you located?
The NAMIC-Virginia chapter serves the Southside (Portsmouth, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake & Suffolk), Peninsula (Hampton, Williamsburg & Newport News) and Richmond areas.
What is your slogan and why is it your slogan?
My slogan is “Live life with grace and gratitude”. I use this slogan every day because tomorrow isn’t promised. I understand that it is ok not to be perfect and when things don’t go as planned to give myself grace to accept that and plan for a better day the next day. With everything going on in the world, I am grateful for being able to open my eyes.
What is your passion?
One of my passions is being able to give back to my community and support causes such as Breast Cancer Awareness. I have a personal experience with Breast Cancer as I am going on 2 years in remission from it. Today we are here to bring awareness to the importance of women’s & men’s health issues like Breast & Prostate Cancer. The significance of shaving off the pink in Bruce’s hair signifies closing out October Breast Cancer Awareness Month and introducing the awareness for Prostate Cancer Awareness. With 1 in 8 women and 1 and 9 men getting these diseases respectively, we want people to know that it could be them or a family member who may be impacted, so education is important.
For more information check out: NAMIC-Virgina