Today we’d like to introduce you to Letitia Frye.
Letitia, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Divorced from a wealthy but unhealthy man, at the age of 37. No alimony, no child support, and 2 kids. Income tax with 5 jobs in 2008 was $21,064. Created own self-start up as auctioneer. Reinvented the area of the industry in non-profits and blew doors open for women in an all male dominated and sexist/racists industry. Was struck by a car in 2014, at the height of my career, while running and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Endured seizures, hearing loss, eyesight problems, vertigo and PTSD. 8 months later, as I had come back from the depths of this battle my children’s dad and former husband shot himself, leaving the kids and me with no insurance, no money, and a mountain of unsolved debt and dirty business practices with questionable people circling around his death. Climbed out of that, successful business, raising 2 teens on my own and mentoring countless women for free across the country to their own independence and freedoms.
Has it been a smooth road?
No, it has not been easy, and there were so many tears and very dark corners. Get a mentor and one who truly cares and has seen the bottom. Surround yourself with people you want to be like and never allow ANYONE to defy or take away your reams. Do NOT compromise yourself.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Letitia Frye, LLC – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am known as America’s foremost “Auctiontainer”, a name Alice Cooper gave me at a sound check one day. I combine my theater degree, modeling career, photographic memory and classical auctioneer training into a one-woman show one stage for non-profits. I volunteer for each charity I am raising funds for so that my passion is real on stage and my message is from the heart. I am known for my signature 4″ heels and running around ballrooms without notes. Mostly, I am known because I refused to conform and created my own niche to raise over $400 million for charities across the globe.
There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
Ask, ask again, then ask again, then again. You will have more doors close in your face than you can count, but you will never forget the one that opens for you. Don’t stop until you find that door!
- Website: letitiafrye.com
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