The Achiever Academy (aka Period Project Nashville)

The Achiever Academy (501(c)3 82-4320739) (http://theachiever.me), is a mentoring and leadership academy to develop poised, persistent, and prosperous college educated women. The Achiever Academy targets high school, collegiate, and professional women to participate in its events and workshops.


Our events are focused on three outcomes: career success, community impact, and a prosperous life.

We tackle issues that are obstacles for girls and young women when striving for success. We found that college women, especially minorities, had difficulties with climbing the corporate ladder and achieving personal and professional success. So we provide networking opportunities and soft skills workshops to bridge those gaps. We also know that period poverty is an issue that prevents economically disadvantaged girls from attending school and therefore host a number of product drives each year. We welcome you to follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.


What is The Period Project?

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Every woman in history had or has a period for 30-40 years of her life and she get taxed for it.

Today, tampons and pads are taxed in most states while adult diapers, Viagra, Rogaine and potato chips are not. Many American women lack access to period essentials, but in 40 states, feminine-hygiene products are being taxed while in some states equivalent items like toilet paper, medical supplies, and birth control are tax-free (Source: Newsweek). Some groups have called the tax “gender-based discrimination”.

Many women across the world have begun “Period Projects” to remove the stigma, raise awareness and provide sanitary products to women who are homeless or impoverished.

On July 1, 2015 the Canadian government removed all taxes on “a supply of a product that is marketed exclusively for feminine hygiene purposes and is a sanitary napkin, tampon, sanitary belt, menstrual cup or other similar product.


Why should I care about the The Period Project in Nashville?

The homeless and low income communities struggle to eat and keep warm, but women in these categories suffer even more during their period. When school age girls in these demographics get their period, they sometimes miss school because they don’t have the products they need during their period. While Nashville has close to 100 people moving into our thriving city each day, many are being gentrified and left behind economically. We can’t afford for our girls to feel shame or miss school because of their periods.

Additionally, almost half of the 85,000 students in Metro Nashville Public Schools are economically disadvantaged.


Goals for The Period Project in Nashville 

We aim to remove the stigma around periods and keep girls in school during their menstruation by donating feminine hygiene products to girls and schools in need of such products. Our vision is that all females have access to tampons and other feminine hygiene products.

Past Board Members

Lakisha Simmons, Ph.D., Founder and CEO

Dr. Lakisha Simmons, affectionately known as Dr. Kisha, is CEO of BRAVE Consulting, a women’s empowerment company and business analytics professor at Belmont University.

Her teaching and research have resulted in over 40 peer-reviewed scholarly works and countless awards. Dr. Kisha is a 2019 Nashville Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree. Her passion is in equipping girls and women with skills for prosperity. Because of her life experiences, Dr. Kisha’s platform centers on keeping girls in school and helping women reach their full potential with actionable, skill-based workshops.  Dr. Kisha started the renownedNashville Period Project through The Achiever Academy that gifted over 200,000 period products to Nashville Public Schools in September 2018 andThe Green Period to educate females on reusable menstrual products.

Shantel McClendon

Shantel McClendon is a Human Resources Manager for International Paper where  she supports a range of human resource activities including employee engagement, recruitment, labor relations and diversity & inclusion. She received her MBA from one of the nation’s top business programs at Howard University School of Business and her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from The Bryan School of Business and Economics at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Shantel believes in investing and serving communities near and far from her. These commitments show true through her role as Youth Committee Chair on the Cape Fear Workforce Board in Wilmington, NC.  Shantel also lead a record breaking campaign for Trane (Ingersoll Rand) with the United Way of Greater Clarksville and she helped build a financial center that focused on funding women owned small businesses on a mission trip to Haiti. Most recently she has focused her efforts investing in young women of color and looks forward to continuing that effort as a board member of The Achiever Academy.

Tomorrow Ballard

Tomorrow is a passionate and dedicated nurse that strives to enhance the quality of life for her patients. She has been practicing nursing for 16 years. She started her journey for nursing at Tennessee State University but graduated from University of Tennessee at Martin with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is currently working for an insurance company were she reviews medical records to ensure that the proper equipment is provided to support and promote the patient’s quality of care. She plans to pursue her master’s degree in Leadership & Management to one day open her own geriatric wellness clinic. She is also a mom of a very intelligent and loving 10yr old son.

Hope Buckner

Since beginning her career in public relations, Hope has worked alongside many organizations in the health care, education and nonprofit spaces. She has experience in media relations, crisis communications, event management, media training, community relations, organizational development and more. Prior to joining DVLSeigenthaler’s Health Practice Team as an Associate Vice President, Hope was the Assistant Director of Communications at Belmont University where she assisted in managing the University’s internal and external communications, crisis communications, publications and media relations. Ever passionate about educating the next generation of public relations and nonprofit leaders, Hope continues to work as an Adjunct Instructor at Belmont where she teaches courses in the Department of Public Relations.

Sierra Holmes

Sierra Holmes is a recent graduate of Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development. She currently works at Tri-Star Centennial Hospital as a Newborn Hearing Screener as well as an Infant Teacher at a Daycare in Nashville. Sierra is very passionate about giving her time to others & spending time giving back to those in need. She met Dr. Kisha in 2018 and she helped her kick off her first service project “Mugs & Hugs” at an Achiever Event. She has worked closely with Dr. Kisha for many years tackling on many issues that students may be facing. In Sierra’s free time she enjoys crafting and painting.

We believe all women can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.


Our Mission

Our mission is to support, mentor and teach girls and young adult women to overcome obstacles to become poised, persistent, and prosperous through sophisticated and inspiring  experiences. The Achiever Academy hosts fine dining, networking and service experiences (Period Projects) that include leadership events and soft skills workshops focused on three outcomes: career success, community impact, and a prosperous life.

Our Vision

Our Vision is that young adult women are highly achieved, poised, persistent, and prosperous in their personal and professional lives.