Latorie Lloyd Walker was named one of the 2019 Top Ten Business Women of ABWA, a national program that honors 10 outstanding members for achieving excellence in career, education and community involvement. From those 10 honorees, one is selected to represent the association, and all working women, as the 2019 American Business Woman of ABWA.

In a press release, the South Carolina ABWA leauges congratulated Walker for receiving the highest honor of the association as the 2019 American Business Woman of ABWA.

Walker is the owner/CEO of Aspire Early Learning Academy LLC in which she has three locations in Columbia, and she is a Realtor with AgentOwned Realty in Goose Creek. She is a native and current resident of Moncks Corner.

Walker is a member of the ABWA Midlands Chapter in Columbia and the ABWA Jessamine Chapter in North Charleston.

Walker holds a Master of Arts in management and leadership, Bachelor of Business Administration and an Associate of Arts in public service. She is also the recipient of the 2018 Top 20 Under 40 Award for the SC Black Pages, the 2016 Best of Cayce/West Columbia Award for child care, and 2014 Woman of the Year for ABWA Midlands Chapter.

“Top Ten candidates are a paradigm for ABWA members who strive for excellence in their careers, their communities, and in the association,” said René Street, ABWA executive director. “It was a privilege to recognize these outstanding women this year at the National Women’s Leadership Conference and to gain inspiration from their accomplishments.”

“It is a humbling honor to be nationally recognized for the hard work and sacrifice that I made to become a small business owner. ABWA has paved the way for me to grow professionally and I am looking forward to shining that light and sharing my experiences with women throughout our country, “ Walker said.

Founded in 1949, ABWA’s mission is to bring together business women of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition.