Woman of the Quarter: Laticia Thompson
The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce and Women in Business are excited to honor Laticia Thompson, Founder and Chief Legacy Partner of Legacy Blueprint, LLC., as a 2020 Woman of the Quarter.
Woman of the Quarter Q&A
Q: Describe your current position and what your typical work day looks like.
I am currently a consultant coaching organizations. I like to think of it as being a doctor for organizations. I partner with senior leaders to determine what is ailing their organization and keeping it from performing and competing optimally. Once the root cause is diagnosed, we work together to fix the problem(s).
A typical day begins at the gym at 5:30a.m. (yes, it’s early but it’s worth it). What’s interesting about my world is that no two days are the same. There are some days I’m in back to back to meetings. There are other days when I’m facilitating most of the day or coaching clients. I make it an effort to stay connected with my colleagues to strengthen relationships. I’m also very deliberate about ensuring I focus on my own professional development to stay on top of my game.
Q: What do you love most about your work?
What I love most about the work I have the privilege of doing is hearing clients say I/we are better because of the work we’ve done together. That’s what it’s about for me. Helping individuals and organizations be the best version of itself possible.
I also love the flexibility of being able to be there for my family’s activities and events.
Q: What led you to becoming the founder of Legacy Blueprint?
I’ll share the short version (call me later if you want the long version). I wanted to be able to do what I love on my own terms. I had been working within organizations that were great places to work. Over time, my roles required to focus on things that I dreaded and less on the things that made my heart sing. Over a two week vacation, I’d figured out the name, designed my logo/envelopes/letterhead, established my LLC and got working on my website.
I didn’t want to live a life of woulda coulda shoulda. So I decided to take a chance on this dream. The worst that could happen is that I’d have to go back internal. I’m happy to say that I haven’t had to look back since I started Legacy Blueprint six years ago.
Q: What advice do you have for other women in business, especially those who are entrepreneurs?
I think as entrepreneurs, we all have a chapter or two we can write about how we have evolved and continue to evolve. What I hold sacred is that I have children watching how I navigate life. I always want to model what strength, perseverance, hard work, commitment, happiness, and peace looks like. My advice to my fellow entrepreneurs is “Somebody’s always watching. That includes our family, friends, and yes…haters. So, if we have an audience…give ‘em something epic to watch.”
Q: Name someone in your life who inspires you and tell me why.
Hands down, my mother. I think, like all kids/teenagers, I didn’t know what I had at home in my mom until I went out and experienced the world for myself. Once I did, I gained this indescribable respect and adoration for her. She modeled for me independence, dedication, hard work, meekness, and no-nonsense. To this day, I get all the feels when she tells me how proud she is of me. My response back to her is, “I couldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for the impeccable example you set.” Yeah, we kinda love each other A LOT!
Q: What other passions or hobbies do you have?
Well, I love the art and science of wine. So I enjoy going to wine tasting experiences.
I also enjoy creating new, cool experiences for my family. If it’s something we’ve never done before, I’m all about it.
I used to run all the time before I started my doctoral program. I’m hoping I can convince my body that we can still do it. I LOVE spinning. Soul Cycle is my spot. Although, Peloton seems to have the new it factor that I’ve been tempted to try out.
Q: Aside from the Chamber, how do you stay connected within the Naperville community?
I love the Naperville community and have developed great relationships with people who live and work in Naperville so I’m in the area quite a bit. I also am connected to several not-for-profit organizations in Naperville that serves DuPage County. I was a parent mentor and hope to return to that role once my studies are complete. I also enjoy partnering with the Career & Networking Center. I often speak at events hosted in Naperville. Mostly recently, TEDx Naperville.
Woman of the Quarter Bio
Founder and Chief Legacy Partner Legacy Blueprint, LLC
Laticia (Tish) Thompson, Founder and Chief Legacy Partner of Legacy Blueprint, LLC
has a charismatic, engaging facilitation style and is often described as passionate,
electrifying, infectious, and possesses a great sense of humor. She is known for
creating a learning experience that’s fun, thought-provoking and capitalizes on the
knowledge in the room.
Tish holds a Master of Science degree in Management and Organization Behavior with
concentrations in Human Resources and Organization Development. She is currently
pursuing her PhD in Business Psychology. She is certified to administer a variety of
assessment tools including Myers Briggs and StrengthsFinder. She is also certified to
teach Vital Smarts Crucial Conversations, Influencer, and Crucial Accountability. Tish
has over 14 years of experience in supporting non-profit, higher education and
healthcare organizations and appreciates working with organizations across industries
that understand the power of getting things done through people and have an appetite
for building the best culture to make it happen.
Tish understands that organizations invest a significant amount of time and resources
to build their business. She enjoys partnering with organizations to ensure they have
the tools necessary to thrive and maintain a competitive advantage. This is achieved
through a number of “blueprint” solutions including staff and leadership development,
large and small group facilitation, curriculum design, change management, team
dynamics assessment, executive coaching, and strategy cultivation and execution.
Tish is a mother of four, a five-time marathon finisher and has a calling to help people in
our communities to experience inside out, transformational change in their lives.