Vicente Lezama – 2019 Future 5
Vicente Lezama – Owner, Hair Lounge
As a new Downtown Fond du Lac business owner, Vicente Lezama has already begun putting down deep roots in the community through his community activism and commitment to providing necessary diversity and inclusion work. As owner and cosmetologist of Hair Lounge, Lezama has accomplished a lot in the five years since graduating from the Advance College of Cosmetology in Waupun. From being a manager of a salon in Forest Mall to renting a booth and becoming a milk_shake product line educator, he was able to build a strong clientele that supported his every move.
Lezama strives to provide safe spaces for community members and is active in a number of organizations that provide the same. He is a part of the Latinos Unidos of Fond du Lac community group and has assisted in organizing various events. Additionally, he has gone through the Green Dot Bystander awareness program and is a trainer for that, teaching others how to spot situations of abuse and take action, as an initiative of the Fond du Lac Area Women’s Fund. He lastly is proud of his involvement with supporting the LGBTQ+ community, including by creating Fond du Lac’s first Pride Picnic.
His nominator shares: “Vicente has put his heart and soul into building a welcoming business in Downtown Fond du Lac that stands for greater inclusion and understanding. In a community that has been heavily conservative politically and religiously, Vicente has made a choice to setup roots here and proudly promote his business as LGBTQ and Latinx owned.”