Who We Are
- iLettered was founded by Keia Howell Lane, a former women’s basketball player at Louisiana State University. iLettered was founded to bring together current and former student-athletes and to give our movement a voice. iLettered was created by us and is exclusively for us. Empowering one another and learning from each others’ experiences can drastically change the outcomes for many past, current, and future student-athletes!!!
- The mission of iLettered is to connect and unify current and former collegiate student-athletes and to provide a platform that will give them a voice and facilitate an environment where they can empower one another through education, exposure, and shared experiences.
- The vision of iLettered is to create opportunities for current and former collegiate student-athletes and to help them seamlessly and successfully transition from athlete to career professional, as well as provide a networking platform exclusively for current and former student-athletes. By doing so, creating opportunities for personal development, professional recruitment, and career advancement.
Keia Howell Lane
- Keia Howell
was born. 1976
- Keia lettered 4 years
in Basketball at LSU. 1994-1999
- Keia received a
BS in Kinesiology. 1998
- Keia received a
MS in Sports Management. 1999
was born. 2017
was launched. 2018
Keia received her Bachelors in Kinesiology and her Masters in Sports Management from LSU. Once she graduated, Keia quickly realized that even though she had earned two degrees, she did not have a plan and was completely undecided about the direction of her professional career.
After accepting a few positions in collegiate and professional sports, she realized she wasn’t happy with the path her career had taken. She recognized that she was qualified to do more than work in the sports arena. Sports played an integral role in her life and it was where she felt most comfortable, which made change very frightening. She took a chance and interviewed for a pharmaceutical sales position and has worked in the industry for 17 years prior to founding iLettered and her non-profit organization, After Life Consulting.
Many student-athletes aren’t as fortunate with their transition. Finding a job right out of college is challenging in itself, even more difficult without any job experience or preparation for life after sports. Student-athletes are so focused on training, competing, and maintaining their academics that they fail to prepare for the life that awaits them once their 4 years of eligibility is over.
Many student athletes never reach their full potential, simply because they never planned for their professional careers or focused on their personal development while in college. It’s not because they aren’t capable or qualified, it’s because they failed to prepare. As an athlete, you commit countless hours, days, months, even years of training to be your best on the field or court. But how much time is invested into planning for your life after sports?
Keia is so passionate about this cause because she has not only lived it herself, but so have her father, uncles, three brothers and a host of former teammates and friends that she met at LSU and thereafter. She has seen firsthand the struggles of former student athletes and has had countless discussions about the struggles they’ve faced. There are far too few success stories and far too many stories of hardship. Individuals who have reached an exceptionally high level in the sports world, sometimes struggle to achieve equal success professionally. Together we can change this.