KB, Maria, and Keisha
We continue to highlight the stories of some of New Orleans best women driver-partners. From local musicians to trendsetters to students, women from all walks of life are increasingly choosing to drive with Uber thanks to the flexibility and economic opportunities the platform provides them to pursue their passions.
Meet KB, Maria, and Keisha, and read why they chose to drive with Uber.
Kiera, known to friends and riders as KB, works as a visual merchandiser for a major sports and lifestyle brand by day and chooses to partner with Uber at night because it allows her the flexibility to choose when she drives. “I love driving with Uber because I love to have my own time and choosing when I want to drive.”
A Washington D.C. native, KB moved to New Orleans in 2014 after falling in love with the city during a visit for Mardi Gras during her junior year at Howard University. “I love [New Orleans], the culture, the food… there’s always something to do here.”
In her spare time, KB keeps busy by working with the nonprofit she helped found, Hoop For All, a foundation that uses the game of basketball to promote and increase athletic community involvement and helps support surrounding charities in fundraising activities.
Queen of the farm by day, opera singer by night, Maria is a woman full of many passions. A New Orleans native, Maria lives on her family’s 3.3-acre farm in nearby Waggaman, LA. With a farm filled with foster dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, goats, and horses, Maria has had a lifelong commitment to animal welfare.
Maria first heard about Uber after having lunch with a friend who asked to be taken back to their car after a night of drinking the previous night. “[My friend] had gotten an Uber home, and said that normally when he did that, he’d just get an Uber back to his car in the morning. I thought – wow… I could make money doing what I’m already doing right now?”
Maria likes the flexibility that Uber provides her, allowing her to work as much or as little as I need at any given time. “I’m going out of town for a competition this weekend, and I don’t have to worry about calling in!”
When Maria’s not tending the farm or running to her next gig, she loves to explore the city. I love exploring new restaurants – there are so many amazing places in this area. Otherwise, Mardi Gras parades and crawfish boils – an added plus if you get a crawfish boil at a house on the parade route! Feeling even more adventurous? Maria recommends a daytime cruise on the Natchez Steamboat if you’ve never set sail. “The food is delicious and the Calliope player a dear friend of mine. It’s an excellent combination of fun and relaxation.”
“I meet people [when I’m driving] I would never meet in my normal life… it might only be 10 minutes, but I’ll make sure it’s the best 10 minutes.” These small moments are just some of what makes Keisha one of New Orleans top women partners.
After working as a legal assistant for federal prosecutors in 2014, Keisha decided to take a risk to pursue her professional dream of becoming a lawyer and quit her full-time job to continue and complete her law degree at Southern University. Looking to help support herself while she studying for the bar exam, Keisha started driving with Uber in the Spring of 2015.
“Uber afforded me the flexibility to work in between classes and during the summer. I can pick up the work when I need to and slack back when necessary.”
With the supplemental earnings that Uber has provided, Keisha has been able to work around her busy class schedule and just took the Lousiana bar exam in February. Although she won’t find out the final results until May, Keisha is confident about her chances and looks forward to using her law degree to help serve her community. With her law degree, Keisha aspires to one day start a nonprofit organization to help people at different income levels afford legal aid and assistance.