Mom Creates Legacy Foundation After Death of Daughter

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Aspiring chef Lydia Ann Wright showed signs of being a successful entrepreneur even when she was in high school. It was then that she started creating — and selling — appetizers and bite-sized treats in a catering effort she called 2Bite Delight.

Just as she turned 18, she found herself attending one of the nation’s premier culinary schools, where she honed her business skills and, after a stint at esthetician school, had planned on opening her own spa or a food truck. As her mother, Ranee Cress Wright, noted, “If anyone could find a way to incorporate them together, it would have been her.”

Lydia passed away on July 24, at the age of 23, devastating her family and loved ones. Knowing her entrepreneurial spirit, her mother established a foundation in Lydia’s name, Lydia’s Legacy Scholarships. The mission of Lydia’s Legacy is “to support other young entrepreneurs to become their best and most beautiful selves and carry on Lydia’s legacy that YOU ARE STRONG ENOUGH.”

Ranee is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), which has partnered with CircleAround to help put a spotlight on women small business owners.

A lovely legacy to counter a tragic loss, Lydia’s Legacy is this month offering scholarships to the annual NAWBO convention, which this year will be held virtually because of the pandemic. Specifically, the scholarships will allow young women who apply to take part in the NAWBO NextGen Track National Women’s Business Conference.

Candidates can apply here, and “scholarships will be awarded to young business women who are college or post-college age or high school with an established business to whom these dollars would greatly benefit if they received assistance in order to attend.”

Ranee is President/Owner of Drillmax in Houston Texas. She is a NAWBO Circle member and is one of three finalists this year for the NAWBO Women Business Owner of the Year for 2020.

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