Akayla “Dimplez” Brown is the founder of Dimplez 4 Dayz, a nonprofit organization that keeps smiles in the hearts and minds of children, youth, and families. She also founded the Dimplez Dreamz Resource Center located in West Philadelphia. The resource center is the first youth-founded and youth-led community resource center in the city. In 2021, Akayla was awarded the prestigious Bill and Melinda Gates Scholarship and took her talents to Howard University. Akayla believes that with access to the right resources, people can become empowered by their abilities.
Who is a woman that inspires you?
My mother always inspires me the most. In the toughest situations, I’ve seen her push through to the top, figure out solutions, and strive for greatness.
What are some challenges you have faced as a woman in the workplace/in general?
When I talk passionately it can be viewed as aggressive. I am ignored sometimes because I’m a woman, I have to dress a certain way because I’m a woman, the list goes on. The critiques will come, but it’s up to you to push through all of the criticism.
What advice would you give to the next generation of female leaders?
Always be yourself, remember to listen, but always be your own leader in the classrooms. You won’t get too far sitting in the back of the crowd trying to mock everyone else. Remember to be your own person, and follow your passion.