How We Celebrated Black History Month

“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” – Mae C. Jemison 🚀⁠

Mae Jemison is the first black female astronaut to travel into space. She became a doctor and served in the Peace Corps all BEFORE serving as a mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor.⁠ 

Her career continues today and it’s incredible to watch the evolution of her remarkable journey. Mae reminds us that anything is truly possible.⁠

In honor of Black History Month, we have featured some of our incredible black instructors and students among our community who are an integral part of the KWKC family. Here are a few of their stories.


QL graduate, Joesph Harrison, aka Joe Dreamz, is making his mission happen.⁠

It might sound straightforward, yet his mission has proven very effective: Inspire people to live their “dreamz”.⁠ He makes music, videos, sells merch and even has BIG plans to create a movie or media company one day!⁠

Gewel Richardson, is taking action toward her mission. Read her own words.

“I just graduated with a dual masters degree in Engineering and Science focusing in Sustainable Smart Cities. Earlier this year I ran for School Board in the same county I attended school in to be the voice for so many of the youth, especially our people of color that were not receiving the appropriate resources to be change-makers in their own right.

The mission of my life is to embrace our brilliance, innovate our excellence, educate our future by instilling in the youth the confidence to be change-makers in the world.”

Chris Baker is a father, Philanthropist, and Air Force, veteran. He’s also been a top-performing real estate agent in the North Florida region for over 14 years and a board member at KWKC. 

Chris has been an instructor with KWKC since 2016 and has impacted the lives of over 300 young leaders in the process. In 2020 he helped us coordinate our most successful fundraiser ever helping us raise more than $200k in less than a week. We are so grateful for his leadership and our students are too. 


Chase Sloan is a businesswoman, empowerment speaker and QL instructor from Houston, TX, and she’s been with KWKC since the very beginning.

Since 2015, she’s impacted the lives of nearly 250 young adults and raised over $21k! She is always hosting KWKC events so check out the events tab if you want to take one of her classes.


Lorenza Boone is a father, veteran, and owner of a multi-million dollar producing real estate group in North Carolina.


He first experienced QL in his mid 20s, and its principles equipped him with the leadership skills and motivation to achieve what he wanted most out of life.⁠

He is passionate about empowering young people and providing them with the tools to be better decision makers, move beyond obstacles, and increase their productivity.⁠


This is #WhyWeCelebrate Black History Month.

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Lack of Accountability…a Virus We Have the Power to Stop

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

This allegory demonstrates the slippery slope of personal accountability in a humorous way. Yet being accountable is no laughing matter. Management consultant Todd Herman defined personal accountability as “being willing to answer … for the outcomes resulting from your choices, behaviors, and actions.”

When you choose to be personally accountable, you take ownership of the situations that you’re involved in. You see them through, and you take responsibility for what happens – good or bad. Instead of blaming others if things go wrong, you do your best to make things right.

Life happens to all of us! We all experience situations that get in the way of the results we seek. Yet when you’re looking to get results, regardless of what they are, accountability is your greatest ally.


Personal accountability is not a skill or trait you are born with. Being accountable is a choice and a way of living that you can learn to employ. Use the strategies below to become more accountable.


Success in life only comes when you’re completely honest with yourself, and with others. Set aside your pride and be willing to admit when you’ve made a mistake.

And though honesty is always the best policy, don’t use it to blame others. Instead, focus on your own role in a situation, be courageously honest with yourself, and focus on how YOU can resolve the problem.


The bottom line when it comes to resolving issues is your ability to find solutions. Instead of focusing on who’s to blame or investing your energy into resentment or frustration, seek to find solutions instead. 

Regardless of whether you’re truly responsible for the situation or not, finding solutions is ALWAYS going to be more productive than finding fault. 


A personal mission statement may seem like an odd strategy for being more accountable, yet knowing what’s important to you and what you want your life to be about plays a big part in your level of personal accountability. Your personal mission statement defines what you are working toward each day. When you have clarity about this, your desire to be accountable will soar. 

People who are “on a mission” to accomplish something each day don’t have time to get bogged down in the trivial details of who did what and why. And that’s precisely what blame and fault finding are … trivial. 

Individuals who have clarity about their mission find solutions that bring them back to their path.


Lack of accountability is a contagious virus that infects the mind and paralyzes progress. It can quite literally be “the thing” that makes the difference between a life you love and… well one you don’t. 

Just like a virus, a persistent lack of accountability is often too small to be noticed (seen).  And so often we see a lack of accountability to be the problem of others, but here’s the rub—just like a virus, a lack of accountability is only able to multiply within the living cells of a host… THAT’S YOU. Whether or not it multiplies within you is entirely up to you!


We’ve already got one virus infecting the world, let’s each do our part to make sure there’s not another.

Because of QL, I’m Becoming the Mentor I Always Wanted

A #MyQLStory Spotlight Featuring Jordan L.

I love the quote from Alice In Wonderland, “If you don’t know where you are going then any road will get you there.”  The Cheshire Cat says it so well!

In order to leave the legacy you want to leave, you first have to know what you want that legacy to be; you have to know where you want to end up.

I’m fortunate in that from a very young age I have been a driven and dedicated person. QL has helped me couple that with a personal mission statement so I can really begin to focus on the things that matter most. 

Right now the mission statement I am dating is “To help others live life to the fullest potential through my leadership, teaching, and mentorship.”

I’m so blessed to have found the educational opportunities available within Keller Williams at such a young age. I have leaders and mentors above me who are consistently helping me to live life to its fullest potential. Coupling this with my passion for mentoring others has given me a road map for massive success in this life

My Biggest Takeaway.

This past July I had the privilege of attending the Quantum Leap Summit in Austin, TX. My biggest takeaway was how important it is to make sure I win in my 20% activities (those things that matter most) and not being so concerned with doing everything. And it was a big aha for me that I can apply this to all areas of my life, not just business.

As I am working toward truly living a big life and inspiring others to do the same, I continue to remind myself that not everything matters equally. For me, living a big life means getting to travel the world and chasing my dreams now. I’m of the opinion that it’s way more fun to live your life EVERY DAY instead of always saying, “well, someday…”

And I’m doing it! Not only will I be heading to Paris, France soon, I’m also close to completing my goal of summiting 100 unique peaks in one year. I’m calling it “Summit Century.” It’s been quite the journey!


I just hit peak #81, so I’m nearing the finish line!

How We’re Using Questions to Strengthen our Family While Social Distancing

A letter from the Director, Brandi Lauve

Hello, from my house to yours!

This week marks six months since we closed our office and moved to working from home! Like many of you, our lives have changed quite a bit since then. 

With three kids in elementary online school, two full-time working parents, and no outside organized activities, our world has gotten more complex. 

I’ve had some realizations about the positive byproducts of us sheltering in place; like the different activities my family and I are now enjoying at home. I have also experienced a mix of negative feelings like avoidance, grief and frustration.

Many moments have not been at my best. Like last night at dinner when my daughter screamed that I wasn’t being very loving when I sent her to her room before dinner. It was rough! 

Asking Great Questions is Key.

It’s in these moments that I’m left wondering how to decide what is more important when my children’s needs conflict with the things I’ve committed to that day.  I’m learning that asking great questions is key. When things get tense around here, like last night before dinner, I remind myself to ask what I want our story to be in 10 to 15 years. What do I want the COVID-19 pandemic story to be for my family? 

What I hope is that my children will share how much they enjoyed our family workouts, loved the extra baking, and the healthy meals. And most importantly, I want to be able to tell the story that we came out of 2020 a closer family. 

So once we all calmed down, I asked them what they wanted to continue to do after this extended(!) time at home. They all agreed that they enjoyed doing more at home as a family: talking, playing games, and drawing together. I’ll take it! 

I also posed a very important question to my husband.

“What are the most important steps we can take with our family and in our businesses right now so that we can tell the story we want to tell about this time?”

Our answer was to start communicating a lot about what is happening, stay consistent with our schedule, and stay positive and focused on what we want our lives to look like on the other side of this quarantine. 

Whether you have family at home or loved ones you are virtually spending time with, I encourage you to begin asking questions and see what kind of answers you get back.

This time of social distancing presents us with some great opportunities to thrive if we choose to embrace them. Why not take the time to explore these opportunities? 

Explore What is Available to You 

If you need somewhere to start, consider Maximize Your Potential, available now as a free download. This self-led guide walks you through a series of questions intended to help you forge a path forward toward a brighter future. Adaptable for most ages, this is a great workbook to explore with your family.

Today our family started off with the question,

“What would make today a great day for you?”

Our answers were: having fun, smiling, listening, and getting stuff done. Then we took a walk together around the neighborhood for our family workout. With all that is going on I’m more tired than ever, AND I’m still proud of us for sticking to a routine and getting up every day!

I hope that you find some ways to make it a great day for you, too. And I’d love to know what insights you discover from Maximize Your Potential… or just simply from asking great questions.

Enjoy the journey and stay healthy.