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As the youngest person to ever ring the NASDAQ Stock Market opening Bell, Leanna Archer has been recognized as a Teen CEO to watch. At the tender age of 9 years old, Leanna became the CEO of her own hair product line, Leanna’s Inc. With her great grandmother’s secret recipe, Leanna decided to bottle, package and sell the hair products that had been in her family for generations. Today, at 15 years old, Leanna is running a successful enterprise that yields over $100,000 in revenues per year. Not only is Leanna a successful Teen Entrepreneur, but she is also a voice of inspiration for today’s youth. Leanna is a motivational speaker and has dedicated her time to the enrichment and progressive movement of today’s teens.
She has been a speaker at the Black Enterprise’s Teenpreneur’s Conference, has been a panelist at the “What Makes A young Champion” Forum in Singapore, and was a speaker at the 2009 NAACP Youth Workshop, where she was honored for her entrepreneurialism. Apple has even sought after Leanna and requested her attendance at the 2010 Education Leadership Summit, an invite-only forum gathering hundreds of Education executives dedicated to bringing innovation and technology to the classroom. With all of her amazing success and accomplishments, Leanna has Recognized the importance of altruism and has support many philanthropic as well as humanitarian efforts. In 2008, Leanna founded the Leanna Archer Education Foundation, an organization devoted to providing better opportunities for under-priviledged children in Haiti.
Leanna’s goal is to built schools in Haiti, while providing a Safe learning environment for over 150 students. Leanna’s efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. Leanna has been profiled in some of the most powerful business publications including Forbes Magazine, Success Magazine, INC Magazine (30 under 30) and Ebony Magazine.
Online web portal, AOL Black Voices, was also impressed with Leanna and positioned the Teen CEO as number 5 on their list of “ Top 9 Young Lions” who are making Black History. Leanna has also been interviewed by several major media outlets, including NBC, MSNBC,ABC,FOX Business and BET. Leanna was recognized by Janet Jackson and management team, she met with them at the Radio City Hall and Janet is scheduling a trip to Haiti with Leanna later on this year to her Foundation.
Leanna is a true Entrepreneur and has defied all odds by starting at such an early age. While her entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen have allowed her to take charge in the boardroom, her youthful exuberance and resolve has granted her the ability to inspire and motivate a whole new generation of emerging thinkers. Leanna is a beacon of hope for young teen who aspire to run their own businesses, no matter how young they are.
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