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Thursday, March 18 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
The Gray Matter Experience: An Entrepreneurship Conversation with Jahmal Cole

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The Gray Matter Experience exists to empower Black youth to explore the possibilities of entrepreneurship. The organization's goal is to educate, empower and assist students in creating their businesses while  providing them access to resources and support to ensure they understand that their ideas are valid and vital to the entrepreneurial ecosystem. We approach this important work in several ways: through inspiring, educating, incubating, mentoring, and skill-building. In the landscape of startups across Chicago, we're looking to create growth opportunities for overlooked youth to launch their own businesses and to have the toolkit needed to do so successfully.
Join us on Thursday, March 18th, at 5pm, for an introduction to TGME and new perspectives on the possibilities of community empowerment through entrepreneurship. We'll be joined by Jahmal Cole, founder of My Hood, My Block, My City, for an engaging interview on his story of entrepreneurship and the possibility- and blooming reality- of using startups as a vehicle for social justice.

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Jonathan McGee

Founder and CEO, Global Organization for Applied Political Leadership
Jonathan McGee is a social entrepreneur, civic leader, and external affairs expert with over 7 years of non-profit, public sector, and social impact experience. He currently serves as Deputy Director of Regional Economic Development for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic... Read More →
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Jahmal Cole

Founder and CEO, My Block My Hood My City
As the founder and CEO of the city’s fastest-growing social impact organization, My Block My Hood My City, Jahmal is the creator of an exposure-based education program for teens and a network of volunteer initiatives that serve Chicago communities year-round.Traveling, youth mentorship... Read More →
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Britney Robbins

Founder and CEO, The Gray Matter Experience
Britney Robbins is a serial social entrepreneur that loves innovation, forward thinking and is constantly identifying problems that can be solved through business creation. She's worked within Chicago's entrepreneurship and tech community for the past seven years working within some... Read More →
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Jovoney Morton

Design and Project Management Intern, The Gray Matter Experience
As a junior at Howard University, Jovoney is expected to graduate early with a B.B.A in Marketing in December 2021. She is a creative and passionate young professional seeking to make an impact in the same communities she was raised. Being a former student in the Gray Matter program... Read More →

Thursday March 18, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
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