Nationwide l March 23, 2023
Meet Kaywanda Lamb, the founder and CEO of the Spanish for Black Girls™ program. As a seasoned certified educator with over 18 years of Spanish teaching experience, she is on a mission to help 10,000 professional Black women become bilingual with her program and international immersion experience.
Kaywanda recently returned from San Jose, Costa Rica where she took professional Black women abroad for her signature language immersion experience.
She launched Spanish for Black Girls™ in 2021 to create an easier pathway for Black women to become bilingual and has revolutionized how Black women learn Spanish. The program includes a comprehensive course plus community that not only provides an in-depth training of the Spanish language but also includes business and travel vocabulary. The program is designed to guide each student step by step to ﬂuency in 90 days or less.
Research shows that language apps alone are not enough. Spanish language learners who desire to be ﬂuent need deeper training in the foundation of the language and opportunities to practice and speak it often. They need a variety of learning tasks designed to help them understand what they hear and training that builds their speaking ability and conﬁdence to respond to native speakers.
When it comes to standing out at work or gaining new clients, being bilingual adds an extra edge and the opportunity to earn more. The U.S. has 50 million Spanish speakers but only 10 million are bilingual. The opportunity to reach a new market and serve current clients better cannot be overlooked. More importantly, having a workforce that speaks the customers language and understands cultural competency helps businesses run smoothly. To help Black women build ﬂuency and cultural competency, Kaywanda goes beyond typical language courses and provides live Q&A, expert sessions on culture, and accountability to support her students. “My goal is to teach my clients conversational Spanish so they can speak to native speakers with conﬁdence no matter the situation,” says Kaywanda.
She has been featured on various platforms including Good Morning America and NBC, and is the author of several books. She is a certiﬁed Principal and served as an adjunct professor teaching native speakers Spanish. She also taught high school Spanish for 16 years and holds a Masters degree in Spanish Literature from Texas A&M University-Commerce.
As a Dallas, Texas-based small business owner, Kaywanda identiﬁed the need to educate Black business owners to speak Spanish conversationally in order to increase their bottom line and connect with clients in their community. Over the course of her career as an educator, she has led professional development and DEI training in Spanish and in English, launched Spanish Clubs and taken students on local and state excursions. Her students scored Gold and Silver on the National Spanish Exam and she created the “Culture Night” concept for families to see what their students were learning in class, which led her to create a similar experience for her professional clients.
Since its launch in 2021, Kaywanda has carefully crafted an experience with the Spanish for Black Girls program that has resulted in many satisﬁed clients. Here’s what a few of them have to say:
“Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous. Above board. 10 plus value. Best bang for your buck. I’ve had tons of diﬀerent programs in the past. I’ve been learning for 10 plus years but never found a program that allowed me to speak Spanish, hear and understand and sound more like a native speaker. Kaywanda and her team really teach you Spanish for your business. I highly recommend the Spanish for Black Girls program,” said Immigration Attorney Melaney LaGrone, Esq., Atlanta, GA.
“I joined Spanish for Black Girls because I wanted to enhance my speaking in Spanish. I live in Florida and I’m always surrounded by Spanish speakers and I wanted to join in on the conversation. I have truly beneﬁted from this experience” said Intellectual Property Attorney, Nequosha Anderson.
Kaywanda and her team have made it their goal to create a safe space for black women to become bilingual and also give them the opportunity to immerse themselves in the language through their signature trip experience so they can put their learning into practice.
“It is an honor to teach Black women Spanish in my course and then to guide them on an international immersion trip designed to challenge them to navigate every situation we practice in class. We live, laugh, explore, and enjoy all while speaking Spanish everywhere we go. I’m so proud of my students,” she said.
Professional Black women looking to learn the Spanish language with ease in 90 days or less, are welcome to enroll in the course and the international immersion trip experience here: https://spanishforblackgirls.com/costa-rica-trip/
Spanish for Black Girls™ is a groundbreaking conversational Spanish course and community that teaches ambitious professional Black women Spanish for travel, everyday life, and business. Spanish for Black Girls™ is a trusted source for professional Black women who want to level up their language skills, learn to connect with the Spanish-speaking community, and impact their bottom line. The course covers multiple scenarios in an interactive format to help students learn Spanish and students have access to live Q&A with Kaywanda to ask questions and practice with other Black women. To learn more about the course and the immersion trip, visit SpanishforBlackGirls.com
History made: Dr. Lisa Cook’s confirmation—and why we need Black economists
By FDR Media l May 11, 2022
National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial released the following statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Lisa Cook to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the Fed), making her the first Black woman and the fourth African American in the Fed’s 108-year history to serve in this role. Dr. Cook’s nomination was confirmed by a vote of 51-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris – who holds the unique and historic role as the first Black woman in U.S. history to serve as Vice President – placing the tie-breaking final vote:
“Previously a tenured professor of economics and international relations at Michigan State University, Dr. Cook has long been one of the most accomplished and internationally recognized macroeconomists. She has a proven track record of advocating for more equitable participation of women and African Americans to boost the nation’s economic potential and reduce inequality and will bring a wealth of knowledge and insight on banking systems, innovation, markets, and global finance as a Fed Board Governor.
“Dr. Cook is a native of Milledgeville, Georgia, holds bachelors’ degrees from Spelman College and Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. She has served on the faculty of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and held senior positions across the federal government, including the U.S. Department of Treasury, and most recently at the White House Council of Economic Advisers.”
“Dr. Cook’s background and experience have made her uniquely qualified to serve in her new role. In addition, she has the character, integrity, and lived experience to ensure the Fed Board Governor represents all Americans, including communities of color. For these reasons, the National Urban League worked vigorously to advance Dr. Cook’s candidacy to this important post.
“We commend President Biden and the U.S. Senators that voted in favor of Dr. Cook’s confirmation for their commitment to ensuring that leadership at the highest levels of our nation’s central bank reflects the rich diversity of this nation. We’d also like to thank U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, for his dedication to Dr. Cook’s historic nomination and his defense of her in the face of, sometimes, partisan, and biased attacks.
“The Federal Reserve is now one step closer to having the leadership it needs to adequately fulfill its critical mission as our nation continues to recover from the economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward now to the confirmation of Jerome Powell to his second term as Fed Chair and the confirmation of Dr. Phillip Jefferson as a governor. We encourage the Senate to move swiftly.”