Lakesha Reed-Curtis was born and raised in Danville. She is a wife, mother of two, a registered nurse, an author, and entrepreneur. Reed-Curtis owns Medical Solutions Academy in Danville. Medical Solutions Academy specializes in short-term healthcare training such as nurse aide, phlebotomy, practical nursing, and medical assistant.

We sat down with Lakesha to discuss what being a young professional means to her.

SM: What is professionalism to you?

LC: Professionalism is a direct reflection of your character, and how you conduct yourself amongst others. It is demonstrated by one who keeps his or her word, shows respect for others, and exceeds expectations in all settings.

SM: Who or what inspires you and why?

LC: I am inspired by seeing other’s progress. Those who inspire me have a strong drive to want more, do more, and never settle. Traveling also inspires me because it allows me to experience other cultures and appreciate the lifestyles of others.

SM: What do you admire about your community?

LC: I like the family feel of Danville. My hometown is a small city where everybody knows everybody. I love the support my community has given me and continues to give. The fact that Danville is evolving is also something that I admire.

SM: What do you like to do in your downtime?

LC: Downtime? What’s that? I’m usually always working, but when I do find the rare moment to relax, I try to travel.  I also look forward to spending time with my friends and family. The time I get to spend with loved ones keeps me grounded and in tune with reality.

SM: Do you have any words of encouragement for aspiring young professionals?

LC: Keep going. No one will believe in your vision as much as you do. Try to make your business one that you can leave to your family. It’s all about leaving a legacy. There will be times when you are unsure if you are doing what you are supposed to do, but just like that, God steps in and shows you a sign, and you keep it moving.

SM: Where do you see yourself in five years?

LC: I see myself having my DNP in Nursing, having a bigger location for MSA and having an RN program. I see myself investing more into real estate and possibly having another school in North Carolina.

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