La’Ketta D. Caldwell is the co-founder of Raising The Bar, a motivational speaker and author of the I Am Not Your Superwoman journal and Khloe’s Beautiful Blues. Caldwell also guides individuals on a transformative journey of self-discovery and growth via Keytalife. “As a coach, a connector to healing and an artist, [I embody] the spirit of Keytalife, reminding us all that we have the power to shape our destinies and flourish in our uniqueness.” Learn about La’Ketta D. Caldwell…
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Hometown: Paducah, Kentucky
First job: Wendy’s
Favorite ways to spend your free time in WI: I thoroughly enjoy dedicating my leisure hours to biking along the scenic trails, particularly those by the Lake Front. Additionally, my passion extends to exploring parks and attending local theater performances, with a special fondness for the Bronzeville Arts Ensemble and First Stage.
Your biggest accomplishment and why: One of the most significant achievements in my career was the production of a documentary with my students at LaVarnway Boys & Girls Clubs, shedding light on the profound impact of trauma in the 53206 area. The pinnacle of this endeavor was its premiere at The Oriental Theater, a moment filled with excitement as our students, dressed in suits and dresses donated by Kohl’s, arrived in a limo on a red carpet. The sold-out event garnered support from the mayor and other officials, creating an unforgettable experience for our beaming students. Witnessing their prideful smiles made me believe in the boundless possibilities of what we could achieve. To add to the triumph, Senator Kohl recognized our efforts by sending the group to Washington, DC, for a week, further solidifying the transformative power of our work.
The biggest obstacle you overcame: The most formidable obstacle I’ve triumphed over is the struggle to believe in my own worthiness. For years, the heavy burden of not seeing myself as “enough” held me back from fully embracing my purpose. The transformative journey began with my participation in the African American Leadership Program, where the guidance and coaching of Rhonda Ware played a pivotal role in helping me heal deep-seated insecurities and break free from my cocoon. The work I engage in is profoundly personal, shaped by the newfound belief that I am indeed enough, empowering me to navigate my path with authenticity and purpose.
Someone who inspires you and why: In all honesty, my journey towards purpose is fueled by a multitude of inspiring individuals, starting with my parents and sister, Veronica, and extending to figures like Denisha, Sheri, Ebony and Robert. My close friends, especially Acolea and Angel, contribute significantly to this masterpiece of inspiration. There are so many others. Additionally, the children I serve are a constant source of motivation, their innocent spirits challenging me to be better each day. It’s the collective energy of this incredible village that propels me forward, as they not only stretch my limits but also hold me accountable to aspire to my greater self. I wholeheartedly acknowledge that every stride I make on this path is a collaborative effort, and I couldn’t accomplish anything without the support of my amazing village.
Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: The truth is, when you trust that you are enough and follow your heart, both money and opportunities will naturally find you as you authentically embrace yourself.
Favorite quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” -Marianne Williamson
Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: I tend to be somewhat shy, and the prospect of speaking in front of groups makes me extremely nervous, occasionally leading to tears.
What makes someone fabulous: In my 47 years, I’ve come to understand that true fabulousness emanates from the depths of one’s soul when they confidently and unapologetically walk in their purpose. This radiates a priceless beauty, illuminating a light that others can unmistakably see in their presence.