Happy Wednesday, everyone!
Well, we’ve almost made it! March is on the horizon and this gray and chilly month is almost behind us. I shouldn’t be as biased towards February as I am…but, I’m so ready for spring to be here! Let’s welcome this week’s featured guest!
LaRawn Rhea hails from the Arkansas Delta, in Helena, AR. Her hometown had a huge influence early on on how she viewed others: learning to treat everyone with equal respect, regardless of color, or social standing. Her father worked for Sam Phillips of Sun Records fame, the family moved to Palm Beach, Florida to open Sam’s all girl radio station, WLIZ. The family moved again to Nashville in the early 1960s, and her dad opened the third full track studio in Nashville, Phillips Studio.
LaRawn graduated from Belmont University with a BS in Marketing and also graduated from the The International School of Protocol and Etiquette, in Washington, D.C. LaRawn is a licensed realtor and co-owner Your Political EDGE, a public speaking consulting firm. She works with politicians, business & community leaders, and others who wish to hone their public speaking abilities. LaRawn is a prominent society writer and has been featured in the New York Social Diary, Culture & Leisure Magazine, The Green Hills News, and Atlanta Social Season. She’s a highly involved member of the Nashville community and has loaned her time and talents to various non-profit organizations including Nashville Celebrates, the Arthritis Association, Coats for the Counties, YWCA, The Symphony Ball, and the Belmont Mansion Association. I’m excited to share her story with you today!
Who’s one person who’s significantly impacted you and why?
I really have two! The first is my dad, who was a visionary and a risk-taker. He grew up on a small Delta farm and knew his way out of that life was through education. He worked for 3 years before he had the money to start college, and continued to work through college while also serving as Student Body President. I have established an endowment at Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business in his honor, due to his strong belief in education and his contribution to the development of that program. He would be thrilled that many students are finishing a program he helped start, because of his scholarships. The second person who’s significantly impacted my life is my husband. He has helped me be a better Christian and a better person. He’s the kind of person who leads by example.