Top 100 Women of Impact: Talicia Lee-Richardson

Talicia Lee-Richardson

Executive Director, 64.6 Downtown

About me: My knowledge crosses multiple business disciplines including operations, quality assurance, community development and mental health within various industries. I am active within the community making a difference. My volunteerism spans work with the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., mentoring, a third term as a member of the Fort Smith School Board, a Community Development Institute board member, as well as an advisory member of Arkansans for the Arts. Previous appointments include the Arkansas Early Childhood Commission, Western Arkansas Community Foundation, Fort Smith Planning Commission and Fort Smith Advertising and Promotions Commission. Certified as a professional community and economic developer, I hold a B.A. from Spelman College and an M.S. from the University of Arkansas. I am married to State Representative Jay Richardson, and we have two children.

Lives/Works in: Fort Smith

Best Career Advice: To thine own self be true. Be true to yourself, especially when working through professional and personal life goals. Establish a “circle of trust” and envelop yourself within this network of individuals that can serve as your mentor, truth teller, confidant, wellness/spiritual coach, etc., and utilize it effectively and consistently. 

Lesson Learned the Hard Way: Learn the difference between chess and checkers. Most of us enter our careers playing checkers without truly comprehending the strategy involved with chess. Know and express what you desire within your career while developing a strategic approach to attain your goals. 

Call to Action: Historically, women have been change agents, and now is the time that our local and state elected offices reflect our physical presence, especially in the realm of educational advocacy. I challenge more women to run for public office and for others to support their efforts through political philanthropy.

A Women’s Foundation of Arkansas Initiative

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