As the community engagement officer at Kinecta, Latrice supports the communities Kinecta serves through fundraisers, education, volunteer time and community events. With Latrice’s guidance, Kinecta employees volunteered more than 8,800 hours, raised more than $650,000 and took part in 180 community events in 2019. Latrice has worked in community engagement for the past 25 years and joined Kinecta in 2007.
In what ways do you empower other women to succeed in business?
“Together with three Kinecta associates, I helped create a women’s empowerment group called the Kinecta 99s to empower and inspire all women by providing mentorship, leadership and sisterhood. I also mentor women in college who are launching into their professional careers by offering resources, introducing them to decision-makers in their areas of interest and encouraging them to take risks.”
What projects do you support to help those in need?
“At Kinecta, I facilitate program management for our annual back-to-school backpack and food drives, among other community service efforts. The backpack drive provides school supplies to 600 students from underserved areas. The annual food drive provides staple grocery items, a $75 gift card and Thanksgiving cheer for 1,000 families. In my personal life, I recently served on a task force to create a food bank in the city of Gardena to serve those experiencing food insecurities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A personal passion is promoting financial literacy. Through Kinecta, I have facilitated many educational programs for high school students, underserved communities, local charities and organizations such as Bob Hope USO and various chambers of commerce. COVID-19 and the safer-at-home order have opened the opportunity for us to reach even more people via webinar.”
Tell us about your support system.
“There are good times and hard times in life and at work, but having a stable, strong foundation and support system has helped me weather many storms, experience amazing victories and look forward to the future. My network includes my faith in God, the love of my husband, the support of my family, the direction I receive from leaders in the industry and the advisement of wise friends.”
What have been your proudest moments during the recent crisis?
“I was honored to have my original song and video, ‘Time to Get Away,’ showcased during an international conference that educated industry professionals about Black Lives Matter and systemic racism—ultimately driving a commitment to change.”