GIRLS ADVOCATE, DIGITAL STORYTELLER, SPEAKER
La'Keisha Gray-Sewell is a writer and digital strategist by trade; a nationally recognized girls advocate by life assignment. Combining both, she serves to help individuals and organizations identify relevant digital platforms to narrate their stories.
As a media literacy expert and motivational speaker, La’Keisha’s transformative programs and trainings empower girls and women to navigate beyond the block of stereotypes, stigma, and habits to become global legacy builders.
In 2011 she founded Girls Like Me Project, Inc; an Illinois not-for-profit organization which seeks to liberate urban African-American girls through mentoring and self discovery programming which includes workshops, training, and empowerment events.
Girls gain the ability to use digital media as an advocacy tool and to become independent, influential digital-storytellers.
As its flagship event, GLMPI produces the Annual Chicago Day of the Girl in observance of the UN’s International Day of the Girl. In October 2015, under La’Keisha’s leadership, the organization was acknowledged by Congress Danny K. Davis in the U.S. 114th Congress for its efforts in connecting more than 500 Chicago-area girls to the global girls empowerment movement.
She created a podcast, Voices of Advocacy Radio, to showcase leading activists, community servants and entrepreneurs. Audience members tune in to truth, community passion, and amplified legacy.
A native Chicagoan, La’Keisha has been named as a Salvation Army Hero; Chicago Defender’s 40 Under 40 to Watch in 2012; recognized amongst Trumpet Magazine’s Movers and Shakers Under 40; featured in Ebony Magazine and on the Steve Harvey Television Show, Moms Rising Radio, WVON 1690AM, WAOK-CBS 1450AM, The Final Call, CUNY News, and Citizen Chicago Newspaper