Welcome Pillars of Excellence Program Coordinator, LaKiesha Dunn!

We're delighted to announce and welcome new team member, LaKiesha Dunn. LaKiesha will serve as The Trotter Project's first-ever Pillars of Excellence Program Coordinator and is responsible for development of a culinary and hospitality mentorship program for budding talent, as well as facilitating continued collaborations with Chicago Public Schools, Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), Washburne Culinary Institute, and more. 

Growing up on Chicago’s Southside, LaKiesha excelled in academia and the arts. She was engaged in poetry, drama/theatre, and drawing. Her love for the violin earned her a spot on the Hall of Fame wall at the Merit School of Music. As a high school honor student at Robert Lindblom College Prep, LaKiesha received the Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship and graduated in the top ten of her class. After earning a B.S. in Marketing from Northern Illinois University, LaKiesha followed her heart and began volunteering at Roosevelt University’s Educational Talent Search program, a federally funded program that offers academic and personal support to students in grades 6 to 12 who are from low-income, first-generation backgrounds. LaKiesha was promoted to Educational Advisor and helped hundreds of CPS students apply for college, scholarships, and financial aid. After several years at Roosevelt, LaKiesha followed her heart again and started a women’s empowerment organization R.U.N. It! with a high school friend. After producing two annual conferences, a life changing trip to Germany, and a brief stint in recruiting, LaKiesha returned to working directly with the youth as a coach, educator, and program manager at Right At School.

Please join us in welcoming LaKiesha to The Trotter Project!