Lachelle Walthour

Degree: Bachelor’s in Public Relations

College/School: School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Lachelle Walthour is already an entrepreneur – at the age of 20.

With local performance venues closing down all over South Florida, Lachelle realized the need to create new spaces and opportunities. In December 2015, she created “A.R.T. LIVE: A Reason to Live,” a quarterly multimedia arts event that provides a platform for fledgling artists, poets, filmmakers, and musicians to showcase their talent.

Following this success, Lachelle started her own business in January 2016. FulCircle Services LLC provides three different categories of service, including photography, videography, and social media; event planning; and portfolio assistance and runway training to prepare models to get signed with an agency.

Lachelle, who is in FIU’s Honors College, has always been driven. Prior to enrolling at FIU, she earned both her high school diploma from Northeast High School in Oakland Park and her associate degree from Broward College in 2013. She also received FIU’s Ambassador Scholarship, which paid for her tuition.

While balancing a hectic schedule, Lachelle found time to work with the Jason Taylor Foundation as a teaching artist for poetry workshops and after school programs, as well as participate in several internships with local public relations agencies. She credits Professor Lynn Farber as her mentor, who inspired her to create her own internship with Creativ, a local magazine. Lachelle now works with them hosting a web series called “Live with Lola.”

After graduation, Lachelle plans to pursue a master’s in Global Strategic Communications at FIU.