Prairie View Alumnus La’Shawn Chambers Uses Passion and Skill To Develop Collegiate Conference, Giving Back To HBCUs Worldwide
With over a decade of experience as an empowerment speaker, engineer, entrepreneur and super mom, La’Shawn Chambers is the true definition of Black Excellence.
After becoming an alum of Prairie View A&M University where she earned a degree in Civil Engineering, Chambers worked for fortune 500 companies in the oil and gas industry.
When speaking of Chambers, busy body, would definitely be an understatement, but over-achiever may work! While attending PV she was involved in several organizations including Delta Sigma Theta, SGA, and her and some of her friends even started a women’s empowerment organization.
“What I learned from Prairie View was not to accept no as an answer,” she said. “There is always a way to get to the ‘yes’, you just have to stay the course and figure it out and keep on figuring it out and PV was able to teach me that I could.”
Now, spending most of her days multitasking while at work, taking care of the needs of her daughter, and working on her blog, she always finds time to give back to her community.
The Texarkana native is now the author of 101 Resume Tips for The Millennial Professional and CEO of CampusLately,com, the #1 collegiate website, where the mission is to provide college students with the platform, tools, and resources needed to achieve success.
“I knew I was an entrepreneur before I knew what I wanted to offer the world in that space, but I knew I wanted to create and through that creation give back to my community,” Chambers said.
She and the CampusLately staff have covered and written thousands of stories on the site on various topics and persons including Beyonce, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Issa Rae, Taraji P. Henson, Oprah, Chance The Rapper and the list goes on!
The site features national content on Campus Life, Style, College News, Entertainment, Relationships, Health & Fitness, and Career Development, written entirely by current and former top college journalists from 30+ college/universities nationwide. The blogger site created by Chambers has changed the lives of multiple thousands.
“I first heard about CampusLately from one of my friends who used to follow my blog posts on my personal website and they encouraged me to apply to blog for them,” Rachel Williams, Prairie View University student said.
Williams explained that she was nervous at first because she didn’t really broadcast her writing or take it as serious as she does now, but she ended up getting a role as an intern blogger with CampusLately at the beginning of 2017 and it has helped her to become a better professional and stronger writer.
“Ms. LaShawn has impacted my life because she’s inspired me to shoot for the moon within my life, especially my career,” she said.
CampusLately Campus Rep, Amber Stancil, from Hampton University, says she believes the platform that Chambers has created is definitely serving its purpose, which is to give black intellectuals a voice and platform where they can unite and keep up with the significant milestones that happen within our respected communities.
“I’m so grateful for La’Shawn and this platform for allowing space for young black and brown creatives like myself, to use her platform to gain experience and build our personal brands,” Stancil said.
Chambers said that she believes the people she gets to share with her readers and followers are the next mega stars and Issa Raes and she’s glad that she gets the opportunity to support them along their journeys.
In addition to her constantly being an inspiration and setting an example for young bloggers, entrepreneurs and many students and individuals across the world via CampusLately, she owns and operates “Lace Dot Media” connecting targeted brands to the African-American college market.
Her and her team recently collaborated with on campus organization Crooked Straight Media and confirmed a conference entitled the Black Collegiate Marketing Conference that will be held February 8, 2018 in Houston, TX at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M University for the first time.
“I want this day to feel like everybody is showing everybody love for what they do, have done and will do,” Chambers said.
She expressed that this is the largest project that she’s worked on “in its own way”.
Things were not always a piece of cake for Chambers. In the beginning, she was a tad bit nervous about the attendance and the sponsors for the conference, but she kept great faith in the success of the conference and received much support from her friends, family and supporters on social media.
Her aunt Estella Chambers said,” Whether its 500, 50 or 10 people present, you should never give any less of a performance.” She reminded Chambers-Reggans that she was always prepared, confident and self-assured in everything that she does.
The conference will host more than 500 influential and talented multicultural students, digital influencers and brands from all over the country.
The conference will feature so many creative minds such as Insecure star Dominique Perry, stylist Ashley Dunn, and artist Dee-1 etc., just to show you the diversity that will be involved.
“I am super honored to be apart of the upcoming event with CampusLately next month at my alma Mater PVAMU,” said Ashley Dunn, stylist and speaker for the Black Collegiate Conference.
Another person who is super excited about the conference is Darlise Goodlow, a Campus Rep for Texas Southern University and Social Media Intern.
“Ms. LaShawn and CampusLately has given me a voice on social media,” said Goodlow.
Goodlow said that she usually would never post videos of herself speaking because she did not like how her voice sounded on camera and interviewing people used to terrify her, but with Ms. LaShawn’s influence, she has broken out of her comfort zone.
She has been conducting more interviews, posting a lot more videos and becoming more engaged with her social media accounts.
“I believe the Black Collegiate Conference will benefit many students because it will provide them with a chance to network with professionals and to learn skills that will benefit them in their future careers,” she said.
CampusLately blogger, Jekia Willis, has been promoting Chambers and the team’s upcoming conference big time on her social media and she’s ready to leave with new valuable resources and tools to help her further her brand.
“I think that La’Shawn is amazing and her passion and dedication is so inspiring to me,” Willis said.
Willis began blogging for CampusLately about a year ago and says its really boosted her confidence with writing and getting the news out, not only for and on HBCUs, but amazing entrepreneurs as well.
Lastly, lets talk about Chambers’ efforts and motivation to encourage individuals to give back to HBCUs. Recently, she and CampusLately took a pledge with former TV One’s NewsOne Now host, Roland Martin #HBCUGivingDay campaign, asking all HBCU alum to pledge $60, #pledge60. She is also honoring Tom Joyner with the “HBCU Voice Award” as he has used his voice to aide and support all HBCU’s.
The importance of the initiative was to donate money to support scholarships and research at institutions geared toward the education of minorities and first generation students.
“We “Genuinely LOVE” our Historically Black Colleges and Universities and are so proud of them, in fact, most HBCU alum make it a practice never to miss a homecoming,” she said. “However, most have also never given a dollar to their Alma mater.”
The Black Collegiate Conference will take place at a different HBCU each year. Let us know if you want us to bring the conference to your University.
Chambers gives back to HBCU’s and her community more than just financially. She shares the knowledge that she learned while she attended her HBCU to current students and recent grads all over the world and you can too! Meet her and the rest of the speakers in a few weeks at the Black Collegiate Conference and see how you can use your skills to also make a positive difference!
“To all my entrepreneurs and media industry professionals out there, don’t let anything stop your dreams or steal your passion. Not money and for darn sho’ not the naysayers.”
– La’Shawn Chambers-Reggans –
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Follow E'Vonne: Instagram: @forever_evonne Twitter: @EVonneGipson SC: @byevonnegipson E'Vonne Gipson is an award winning journalist from Missouri City, TX. She is a graduate of Grambling State University where she received a B.A. degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in journalism and public relations. Gipson has written for several publications including Sheen Magazine, HBCU Buzz, The Black Beat, The News-Star, The Ruston Daily Leader, JubileeMag.com, and Houston Style Magazine. She is a former business reporting intern at Abilene Reporter-News in Abilene, TX and a current social media intern for MC Lyte's Hip Hop Sisters Network. She first began her journalism career writing for her school's newspaper "The Gramblinite". In 2016, Gipson worked with the Web Department at Houston television station, KHOU-11 TV where she gained professional photography and social media skills. Gipson is currently a producer at USA Today Network newspaper, The News-Star in Monroe. She is a member of The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.