An unmatched work ethic coupled with a passion for communications has not only allowed LaWanda to land opportunities, but create a few for others as well. The 24 year old entrepreneur hails from Prince George County, Virginia and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with a minor in Psychology from Old Dominion University. While being on the executive boards of two on campus organizations, LaWanda secured four internships landing her first at the Radio-One headquarters located in Washington DC. Thereafter she worked for an international public relations firm and then spearheaded the public relations divisions of two companies including the St. Louis Black Pages under Havard MBA, Howard Denson and platinum-recording songwriter, Alisha Brooks.
With degree in hand, LaWanda continued to face challenges in the job market, like many of her peers. Between December 2010 and January 2011, LaWanda’s frustration compounded an inspirational message from her internship coordinator she decided to go against the grain and build an iconic music and entertainment PR firm launching IndependentlyPR in October 2011.
At only 22 and gaining some attention for her work, LaWanda was invited to her alma mater to speak to students about public relations as a young entrepreneur. A few months later, she relocated to Washington DC to continue her career in event management and PR. Juggling her position at Georgetown University and her own business, LaWanda was selected as a Top 30 Under 30 honoree by WKYS 93.9 for the DC, Maryland and Virginia area along with two of her clients in March 2012. LaWanda is also a proud member of Power 30 Under 30, Women In PR and the host of The Launch Party, an online streaming radio show with her co-host Capitol T.
To date, the organization has been hired for up and coming and mainstream industry moguls such as the legendary, Rakim, Maino, Ben Tankard, Tanya Blount and Kevin Shine. Alongside, its entertainment focus, the organization has also volunteered its services to benefit non-profit organizations such as Face Up 2 Cancer, Tigerlily Foundation and the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer.