She Speaks! Institute For Women is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Our mission is to educate, empower, and enlighten women in the areas of economics, entrepreneurship, spiritual well-being, career development, and healthy lifestyles. We accomplish this through workshops, seminars, retreats, volunteerism, and partnership with organizations that align with our mission.

Our Services

The She Speaks! Institute For Women also provides various services through our organization.

  1. Coaching Services

    We are Not Meant to Do It All by Ourselves

    Making meaningful changes in our lives can be tough when we try to do it all by ourselves. We have all had dreams, intentions, and resolutions that never seem to amount to anything.

    Without consistent, independent support even our best intentions get overtaken by the stress and circumstances of our daily lives. (We all seem to be blind and most resistant to the changes we would most benefit from making.)

    The professional support, insight and accountability of coaching can help you make lasting breakthroughs. That is why so many people are working with coaches.

  2. Consulting Services
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Our Vision

Our Vision for SSIFW is to empower every member to become the best version of herself in all areas of her life. We seek to provide high quality workshops, service projects, and networking opportunities for our members on a regular basis.

We know that there is strength in numbers and our plan is to grow this organization into the tens of thousands all across the globe. The foundation of this organization is to uplift and support our immediate and surrounding circle of women.

We will partner with organizations and companies that share our vision of empowering, educating, and enlightening women regardless of race, creed, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, religious affiliation or otherwise.

Lakara Foster

About The Founder

As a premier expert in the art of positioning females to recognize and maximize their potential, author, entrepreneur, and speaker, Lakara Foster is Founder of She Speaks!, Institute For Women , an Atlanta-based 501c3 Non-profit organization that provides tools, support, and a voice to those seeking a more powerful existence. She Speaks! Institute For Women, Inc. provides retreats, workshops, seminars, coaching, and mentoring programs focused heavily on relationships, love, life, and spiritual development. Lakara has always had an abiding certainty that she has a very rich, very specific, and very rare calling on her life. She has always been aware that she is here on divine assignment, however, she admits that she was not always faithful to this appointment.  But, one specific moment forced her to commit to the mission her spirit was assigned at birth.


In 2001, Lakara Foster sat directly across from Oprah Winfrey as a guest on her talk show. The show was titled The Turbulent 20s and focused on young women who were experiencing what had been aptly termed The Quarter-life Crisis. They were confused about their purpose and when they would begin to walk in their greatness.  Oprah looked each young woman squarely in the eyes and gently said, “The problem with your generation is that you all are not connected to ‘The Source’, but once you get connected, all of your questions will be answered.”  That divine meeting in 2001 provided Lakara with ““WHAT” she needed to do to achieve greatness. Today her personal mission is to show women “HOW” to achieve greatness.

Lakara Foster, a native of New Orleans, LA, holds a B.S. in Psychology, a B.S. in Criminal Justice, and a M. Ed. in Counseling Education from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida.

Despite many obstacles, Lakara remains determined to utilize her gift of empowering women and girls. With 20 years of combined educational, counseling, and spiritual coaching experience, Lakara has helped hundreds to tackle real life issues allowing them to become victorious over sexual abuse, drug abuse, low self esteem, and other barriers standing in the way of their greatness.

Lakara hosts a monthly poetry venue called THE BROWN SUGAR VIBE where thousands have come to experience the best spoken word, live music, and visual artistry that Atlanta has to offer. She’s the self-published author of The Day the Truth Was Told: Poetic Confessions of a Liar and has written a series of spiritual guides for women with the first titled “The Grown Woman’s Guide to Greatness” released in October 2012.

Lakara is an extraordinary motivational speaker and workshop presenter. She has designed and implemented several innovative workshops and hosts an annual women’s retreats in the mountains of north Georgia focusing on the empowerment of women in all areas of their lives.  As an MC, host, actress, poet, and speaker, she has performed in front of thousands, been featured in numerous publications and on several television shows.

“When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.” – Helen Keller