Meet Leigh-Ann Buchanan Feature
#FeatureFriday is where we feature a top young professional from within our community. For the month of March, our focus will be highlighting key women that create an impact in our South Florida community. We look forward to introducing you to some local leaders.
Leigh-Ann Buchanan is the founding Executive Director of Venture Café Miami and the founder of Nyah project.
As an Executive Director of Venture Café Miami, Leigh-Ann works to promote sustainable growth, increased diversity, inclusion, and greater connectivity within Miami’s innovation and startup community. Since its launch, Venture Café Miami has attracted over 33,000 attendees, offering creative spaces for entrepreneurial individuals and organizations to gather, connect, and build relationships.
Leigh-Ann is also the founder of the Nyah Project, a fellowship program dedicated to developing diverse youth leaders from underserved communities through transformative experiences abroad focused on social entrepreneurship and community building.
Leigh-Ann holds a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law and a B.A. in International Affairs from Bethune Cookman University. Wanting to find a way to be more impactful towards individual people, she shifted her career from business litigation to focus on supporting entrepreneurship and innovation.
She sees obstacles as opportunities and values partnerships in order to create an enhanced collaboration.
Leigh-ann first fell in love with the different approach of entrepreneurship, where individuals can achieve economic mobility on their own terms— outside of traditional workforce systems, including with the ability to supply a demand.
She currently sits on the executive committee of Friends of the New World Symphony and most recently chaired the American Bar Association’s Coalition on Racial & Ethnic Justice.
Leigh-Ann has received countless recognition for her work and has been featured in Daily Business Review, Black Enterprise Magazine, American Bar Association Top 40 Young Lawyers, and has earned many awards such as the Woman on the Rise Award in 2017 and Miami Fellow in 2017.