No matter when I call Dr. LaVerne Adekunle she is always busy working on a project.
This time it’s the annual Extraordinary People Awards banquet. Except for 2020 when nearly every event across the globe got canceled due to COVID, Adekunle has hosted her event throughout the United States and parts of Africa every year without fail. This June – in partnership with Feed The People – the fundraiser will be held Jacksonville, Florida.
“This year our focus is on homeless military veterans and under-privileged families,” said Adekunle, adding that “a lot of Americans are falling through the cracks.”
For a woman who grew up in the rural southern town of Vidalia, Georgia, Adekunle’s reach extends far beyond her roots. And she uses her influence to help others build their networks.
LA Expose’ is her international marketing organization designed to offer support to entertainers, artists and other creatives who want to build their careers throughout the United States, Europe and Africa. In a world where most people want to know WIIFT – What’s In It For Them? – this mother of two grown children had to work as a one woman show for many years to build LA’ Expose before others offered help.
“When you’ve done this as many years as I have, you establish a reputation of reliability and honesty. When I say ‘I’m gonna do,’ I do.”
That’s when her passion and team building skills attracted a core team of volunteers. And that team has expanded her vision. In turn they grow and the organization does too.
No matter how big her vision gets, Adekunle said GOD is at the center.
“When you love GOD and you love people, the driving force for me is doing what I’m supposed to do, and that is serving and helping others.”
She comes by it naturally: Her parents were in ministry, community-based people who lived to serve others. And her children are following suit, because the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Her advice to others who want to make a difference in their communities is to (1) follow your passion; (2) fulfill your purpose; and (3) work with like-minded people to make your dreams reality.
Even the hardest working woman from Vadalia takes time to nurture her own family tree. Her 7-year-old grandson, Hylan Tillman is the family’s latest published author. His new coloring book will be released on Amazon in the coming weeks. He’s the new priority client of LA ‘Expose! If her support for other clients is any indication of Hylan’s success, his activity book will be selling out in no time flat. To find Dr. LaVerne Adekunle follow her on laExpose.com.
By Steffanie Rivers