Dr. Lakeya Cherry is an executive leadership coach who has dedicated her career to the growth and development of individuals and the organizations they serve. Dr. Cherry is a Partner at Evolution, Silicon Valley's premier coaching, consulting, and investment firm for start-ups and high-growth companies to drive long-term, holistic success; and CEO of Lakeya Cherry LLC, an executive coaching and consulting business. For nine years previously, she was the Chief Executive Officer of The Network for Social Work Management – an international organization dedicated to strengthening and mobilizing diverse social impact leaders through education, leadership development, networking, and community building.
“To me, success is freedom. It's a mindset that relieves you from concern about things that don't matter and (it’s) the belief that you will be okay no matter what,” Lakeya says. “I love helping others to feel good about their work. It brings me immense joy to see other people living their purpose while being their authentic selves.”
A few of Lakeya’s former clients include Headspace, Glassdoor, Snap, The Salvation Army, California Mental Health Advocates for Children, Black Administrators of Child Welfare, and the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute. She holds a PhD in social work from the University of Southern California, an M.S. in social work from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Psychology and Legal Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Lakeya also dedicates her time to serving as an advisor for The New York Center for Children, and is a council member for the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Adelphi University School of Social Work.