Founder of Brooklyn Lighthouse
Zaneesha Harrell

I never thought in a million years I would be an entrepreneur. I thought my calling was working with kids. When my oldest son was five, I was pregnant again with my youngest son. My due date was in July and I knew I had to go back to work in September, meaning I only had seven weeks off and there was no paid maternity leave. All I could think and stress about was how I was going to do this with a newborn, and a five year old. Childcare is extremely expensive in New York City and based on my salary at the time there was no way I could afford to work and have my kids in daycare.

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