With more than 20 years’ experience in Early Childhood Education and Family Support, LaFarris Risby is a woman with renowned credentials and a tangible success story. LaFarris is an author, speaker, business strategist, consultant, and executive coach. She is the founder of Loving Arms™ Childcare and Preschool, the largest African American owned childcare business in her community. She holds degrees in Early Childhood Education, Human Services and is a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). Under the umbrella of LaFarris, Inc., she is passionate about helping women embark upon the paths of entrepreneurship, maintaining proper work and life balance, and creating a legacy. She is committed to assisting companies to increase employee morale and retention by designing corporate childcare settings conducive to a safe and healthy learning environment.
LaFarris provides families with quality resources for education and empowerment. LaFarris oversees and delivers trainings and staff development activities, a wide variety of early childhood, health, parenting, and family related programs in collaboration with notable organizations throughout the nation. She has authored two instructional audiobooks, “Quality Childcare on a Shoe-String Budget” and “11 Essential Keys to Quality Care and Profitability,” and has published a variety of articles relative to her expertise.
Among her outstanding achievements, LaFarris is an alumnus of Goldman Sachs’s 10,000 Small Businesses Program and has also been a featured host of its affiliated Small Business Fridays Podcast. She has been featured in publications like the Atlanta Journal, Atlanta Tribune, Kansas City Globe, Daily Union Newspaper, Supplierty News, Patch Media, and Today’s Purposed Woman Magazine. She has been a keynote speaker for a variety of conferences and seminars including Coca-Cola’s Global Supplier Diversity Curriculum, Dare 2 Dream, Unleash Your Gift to Speak, Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children, LuckiFit Home Brands Summit, and Sisterpreneur.
Still, what’s most captivating about LaFarris is the story behind her zeal and commitment for early childhood education and family well-being. Some of LaFarris’ most life shaping experiences include the grief of losing her mother at six years old, becoming a teenage mother at 15, giving birth to a premature child, being married to her womanizing and abusive high school sweetheart, and even homelessness. However, LaFarris believed that she could overcome life’s obstacles through faith, and her dreams that once seemed impossible, became possible.
LaFarris is a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who is purposefully committed to living a life of legacy that will impact generations to come. Inspired by her late father’s notable quote, “the decisions you make today will ultimately affect your tomorrow,” LaFarris’s goal is to underline the importance of personal responsibility, rich relationships, and legacy in order to create a life of greatness.