Member Spotlight – Lebbiona Couch-Askew, NEW Carolinas
“[I treasure] the genuine relationships that I have built and the careers that I have been able to help establish or grow!”
Name: Lebbiona “Libby” Couch-Askew
Member Since: 2007 – Minneapolis; Chapter 2010- Carolina’s
How did you first hear about NEW, and what prompted you to join? I first heard about NEW in my second role out of college from office colleagues. After my first event, I thought the network would be a good way to engage with my customer and meet new people since I was a couple months into a new city, so I joined!
How has NEW impacted your personal/professional life? NEW has made a tremendous impact on my personal life through the friends and advocates I have found, who have helped me with encouragement when I was down and support as I sought new experiences. On the professional side, I have my current role due a connection that I made at college outreach event. This allowed me to enter into the retail industry from the vendor/manufacturing side of the equation.
Tell us about a recent personal accomplishment or event in your life. Maintaining my sanity in shelter-in-place quarantine with my family, especially my son that is terrible and two years old…
What is your favorite NEW event you’ve attended? My favorite events are always the large bi-annual events, and the most memorable was when Jade Simmons spoke. Her speech on being your best at every opportunity and being audacious about your goals and prayers spoke to me!
What other activities, aside from being an amazing member of NEW, do you enjoy in your free time? Shopping, Traveling, Dancing, Cooking and Learning
Nickname your parents used to call you? Pumpkin
You get one superpower, but you must choose between invisibility and flight. Which do you pick? Flight, I love to be on the go!!!
Last Halloween costume? A Lady Sailor
Favorite word? Tie between LOL and Legit
What food could you eat for a week straight for every meal? Fried rice with any protein