Happy Juneteenth everyone! Being apart of the new team here at Venture Café means this was OUR first Juneteenth Celebration! We were very excited to throw this event and couldn’t be happier in how it turned out! Most who know about Juneteenth know it is a very big celebration here in St. Louis and we wanted to help put a spotlight on those who were already doing such incredible work in their industries & in our community! It was a great event that showcased and highlighted several different areas in which Black Culture influenced and created! We had snacks, we had games, we had great sessions and & good times! So let’s get into what you might’ve missed!
To start off, we heard from Cenia Bosman. She is the President & CEO of Community Action Agency of St. Louis County. She spoke about her nonprofit work and how she has assisted households and families to access several different opportunities in education, healthcare, careers & safe, affordable, energy efficient housing. She was only the first in our new monthly programming Nonprofit Meet & Greet. This programming is spearheaded by our very own Ebbi Young & Brandon Wilkes of St. Louis Reconciliation Network in an attempt to connect those who would support Nonprofits with a face and not just the logo! You can be sure to expect a new speaker on a monthly basis.
Next, we had heard from Michael Bynum, Principal at FedTech. He hosted our session, Deep Tech & The Impact of Black Inventors. The focus of his session was to highlight the rich history of black inventors & the seminal impacts of their collective work from past to present. Additionally, he made sure to inform today’s entrepreneurs on how to utilize publicly available technology to power their business.
Our last session of the evening was The Influence of Black Fashion in the United States & Beyond. This session was moderated by Monique Levy of Levy Consulting, with AK Brown, Yoro Newson & Michael Shead contributing. They recounted the effects of Black Fashion and how it has transformed pop culture, from Run DMC being the first hip hop group to obtain a partnership with a sports brand, to Rihanna leading the industry with Savage X Fenty, the reach of influence is immeasurable and this panel made sure to highlight that.
So as you can see, our Juneteenth Celebration was a great one with the history of black creativity being at the forefront of the conversation. We hope this recap helped in showing you, what you might’ve missed! You can be sure to catch us next Thursday but, for now, once again, Happy Juneteenth everyone!