Assisting Social Entrepreneurs as well as Tech for-profit start-ups in financing, positioning, marketing, customer validation, acquisition and team building, focus areas include...more EdTech, artificial intelligence, Blockchain, IoT, NLP, etc.
Founder, Co-Founder, Executive Director
1992 - 2009 (over 17 years)
Provided technical assistance to organizations in underserved communities (strategic planning, fundraising, PR, etc.) • Initiated and secured funding for a community-based,...more African-themed public “small school” now in its 20th year (Woodlawn)
• Provided Management consulting services to small businesses in such areas as marketing, Ed-tech, sales and finance • Assisted organizations in underserved communities,...more providing technical assistance in fundraising, PR and strategic planning
Areas in which I have the most passion and experience include –starting new initiatives, managing innovative teams and projects, utilizing technology to enhance communication/education and working with organizations to positively impact society,
The one label that best sums up the common thread of my life is entrepreneurship, have started both a for-profit and nonprofit organization and in the growth of hundreds of others. Highlights include:
- Increased membership four-fold and staff six-fold (from 3 to 18) during my 12-year tenure as ICNC’s ED through extensive grant-writing and relationship building;
- Managed what became a 410,000 SF incubator with 110 tenants, taking it from control of a outsourced property mgmt. company to 5 years later being awarded “Incubator of the Year”; and
- Initiated and secured funding for a community based effort to start a Chicago public “small school” – now in its 20th year as well as “Enterprise Charter School”.