We had the good fortune of connecting with Halleemah Nash and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Halleemah, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
As an entrepreneur I knew I had an opportunity to differentiate my business model based on what I hear from the young people I’ve worked with over the last decade, but focused on what my full time roles have been restricted to accomplish.
To take the leap during the pandemic is courageous for anyone so I salute folks who have done it also. I figured I would model betting on myself the same way that I ask companies to bet on young intern talent.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
All diversity players are not created equal. For most, there is no proximity. Rosecrans is led by a leader with lived experiences.
I am a Compton native, first-generation college graduate of Howard University, and executive with 12+ years of partnerships, youth engagement, and workforce development experience including executive positions at The Chicago Bulls, Chicago Housing Authority, Israel Idonije Foundation, iMentor, and The Academy Group. I have served as special consultant to social impact projects for various brands including Nike, the Chicago Blackhawks, Morgan Stanley, The City of Compton, White House Council on Women & Girls Women’s Urban Economic Forum, Obama Foundation, and artists Common, Lance Gross, and Kendrick Lamar. As Founder, I have successfully sourced, coached, and placed 100+ GenZ young people of color in internships across the country.
At Rosecrans, we talk every day about combating inequitable systems, and when I do coaching work to prepare talent to navigate complex systems I do it from a place of love, and a shared experience. I also carry unique insights into this market after building a career for more than a decade mentoring and placing diverse talent with employment opportunities.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would definitely take them on the So Cal Food and Sights tour … Inglewood’s Hilltop Coffee & Kitchen for the best breakfast sandwich in South LA. Lunch at Soho House West Hollywood for the scaping views of the city. A tour of the City of Compton with a stop at Louis Burgers for an eastside lunch, followed by an afternoon stroll on Melrose for vintage shopping and a walk through the Grove. A sunset hike in View Park and Kenneth Hahn is a must, and of course Randy’s Donuts before you depart the city.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give a shout out to Ify Offor Walker, a peer mentor who I have learned the most from when it comes to workforce disruption, putting authenticity and purpose first, and letting the work speak for you. Ify Walker is the Founder & CEO of Offor, a national talent brokerage where clients come to her for her trademark no-nonsense counsel on building high performing teams; debunking the meritocracy myth; abolishing performance reviews; and exploring how to ensure that the future of work is a virtual 25-hour workweek.
I have been inspired by her for years but as I built my business model she served as a blueprint. I read everything she writes and stay in tuned with how she models leadership as a Black woman leading in complex systems.
Ann Clark, Photographer