Saleisha Averhart is a civil right’s attorney and partner of a mid-size lawfirm based in Raleigh, North Carolina. My primary areas of practice are small business development and litigation.
Saleisha began her higher education in communications, focusing on public relations, specifically strategic planning in areas of crisis management and project management. Her wisdom and expertise in areas of entrepreneurship, leadership & development, and crisis management & strategic planning allow her to be innovative about her work. Her community service includes founding and leading non-profit organizations, and she continues to lead in long-standing community based organizations. “I find much vlue in volunteering in both legal and non-legal settings.”
Saleisha is justice oriented in her work. She started a blog called A Tribe For Moms after the birth of her first daughter as a means to encourage and inspire mothers to continue pursuing their dreams even though the daily life of motherhood can be daunting at times. She became a key partner of A Fourth Trimester Project through The University of Chapel Hill. This project is now supported by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Go to https://newmomhealth.com/ for support. Through this project she uses her voice to promote bettering outcomes related to the maternal morbidity crisis for Black mothers as well as bettering outcomes for non-English speaking mothers.
“My mission in life is not to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, and some style.” -Maya Angelou
Saleisha Averhart originates from Trinidad & Tobago, and migrated to the United States as a young child to New York. Her family settled down on a farm in rural North Carolina where she spent the majority of her formative years and education. The challenges faced with being a first generation college graduate as an immigrant is unique. “For many reasons, I prefer bringing my whole self to the places I go. To me that means embracing myself and others with kindness and grace, and being present.” Her dedication to her home country led her to become a Global Business Advocate for InvesTT, a mission dedicated to promoting Trinidad & Tobago. She serves on the City of Raleigh’s Hispanic and Immigrant Affairs Board where she continues to be a voice promoting community conversations to support immigrant and refugee communities. Saleisha volunteer work also includes serving as the appointed lead attorney for the Wake County Democratic Party, and she is the immediate past First Vice President of the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers.
On top of work and a commitment to community, Saleisha is very family oriented. Work-life balance is critical when there are so many moving parts day-to-day. “I have two young daughters. Parenting is my greatest accomplishments. I began blogging, A Tribe For Moms, after the birth of my first daughter. The dynamics in my house then were a teenager and infant. Now I have a stepson in college, a toddler, and an elementary school student. I’m not sure when I will sleep again. I hope #atribeformoms is an avenue parents can look to for encouragement. Let it inspire you to never give up on what you want out of this precious life you have. ” You can access A Tribe For Moms posts on this site, and if your interested in some good food, check out Saleisha’s food blog, The Natural Foodie where she uses her childhood nickname to introduce her love of fellowship as ‘Salei’ cooks in the kitchen. It’s all just a dose of work-life balance #thrusaleizeyes, right?