KISH: Tell us about you..
My name is Kianna Chennault and I am a business and civil rights attorney in Atlanta, Georgia. I am the managing Partner of Chennault Legal and Consulting Group.
KISH: What is your dream and how will accomplishing your dream benefit you and others?
Kianna: My dream is that my body of work will contribute to closing the wealth gap between Whites and Black and Brown communities. My dream will benefit others because wealth disparities impact every area of life, including health outcomes, educational attainment, job prospects, and interactions with the criminal system
KISH: Who or what inspired you to pursue this dream?
Kianna: I am empowered by my faith in God to be a worker and pursuer of justice. Additionally, my experience at Howard University inspired me to pursue career goals that benefit my community at large. Lastly, the time I spent working as a prosecutor gave me direct insight into how money and race impact someone’s matriculation through our criminal system, and that experience fuels my commitment to disrupting the system.
KISH: What challenges have you encountered while pursuing your dream?
Kianna: When I was in law school, my husband and I lost a son. It was the worst time of my life, and my grades fell tremendously. I did not think I would be able to bounce back. Thank God I was able to recover mentally and emotionally. In general, being a mom and wife is challenging to my career in law because my areas of practice are very time consuming. Sometimes it is difficult to find a balance. Lastly, a lot of clients I interface with have a lack of financial resources, and that can be difficult because they need the help but at the same time, it takes money to participate in our legal system.
KISH: Who or what inspired you to keep pushing regardless of the challenges you’ve encountered?
Kianna: God inspires me to keep going despite the challenges I have faced.
KISH: Please provide final thoughts/advice for others by finishing this sentence… dream.
Kianna: Dream like there are no hindrances to what you want to achieve, and when they arise anyways, see them as hurdles, not barriers.
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