Many of our speakers are not only successful business owners, but are now dedicating their lives to guiding and encouraging new entrepreneurs.
Rashaun Williams has received many entrepreneurial accolades all while being official DJ for the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement . The 2013 recipient of the Black Male Engagement Award, leader of the 2014 Global Youth Service Day, and community organizer for organizations such as HUB and, Williams recently founded the Philadelphia branch of Watson University. Watson, a nonprofit based in Boulder Colorado, gives a select group of young entrepreneurs the guidance and mentorship they need to grow their business ideas. Williams acts as the executive director of the Philadelphia branch, creating a series of accelerated two week programs for students, and working with local universities to create more permanent programs.
After studying philosophy at New York University, Ennis Carter spent many years in the late 1980s and early 1990s as community organizer in the nonprofit sector. In 1996 she founded Social Impact Studios. Combining artistry and activism Social Impact Studios believes that good causes should receive the most attention. Through marketing strategies and grassroots organizing, Carter and Social Impact Studios help creative activists engage effectively with surrounding communities.
An educator, investor, and entrepreneur, Rich Sedmak is the founder and CEO of Schoolyard Ventures. Sedmak has acted as Entrepreneur in Residence for The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, served on the boards for multiple non profits, and acted as an angel investor (providing capital for business startups). Schoolyard Ventures has helped over 800 young people (including our former speakers Hallel Raphael and David Zamarin) start their own business or nonprofit. Providing educational experiences for middle and high schoolers, Schoolyard Ventures gives young entrepreneurs the confidence and skills needed to succeed in an ever changing business world.
Learn more about succeeding in business at our next Tempus conference on November 4th!