Urban Cities Rise in Tech Roundtable

Urban Cities Rise in Tech Roundtable

An active and unfiltered dialogue with leaders in urban cities about the realities of being huge growth factors for multicultural tech and yet being resource scarce. This close and personal experience will put attendees front and center with innovators of rebuilding cities in America. A moderator will guide them in a true discourse on the realities of the tech world, the obstacles that founders of color and women ventures face and their steps in building bridges and breaking ceilings. This is a hard look at the tech world with no apologies.

The Refinery – Fueling The Growth Pitch

Fueling the Growth Pitch Competition

Date & Time: October 18, 9am-5pm

Location: =SPACE, Two Gateway Center

Female Founders – Apply Now for the Fueling the Growth Pitch Competition to Win Cash, and Receive Valuable Investor Feedback. Diversity-focused accelerator, The Refinery, is hosting their Fueling the Growth Pitch Competition to uncover the top women-led tech companies at Equalspace in Newark. The Refinery teams with angel and venture capital investors to get as many as possible, female founders, in one-on-one meetings with investors. Investors select the top companies for a pitch-off to be held at 4pm, and winners will be announced at the Newark Tech Summit Cocktail Reception. The Refinery provides grants, visibility and connections to the top participants. Applications are online for the competition. Click here for more information: http://therefineryct.com/fueling-the-growth/

The Intern Experience: EqualSpace at YouTube Space

 

I am an intern. With that said, my position is often associated with mundane tasks. If a superior asks for coffee then I should already be making my way towards the nearest StarBucks to order a vanilla latte. On the contrary, while my superiors do enjoy their daily caffeine, they do purchase it on their own their accord while trusting me, a social media marketing intern (to give you an exact title), to fulfill my duties. Whether such tasks may be writing a blog post or doing research on venture capitalists, I am responsible for crafting material that the company–EqualSpace–actually uses for the betterment of their company. There, I realized that my summer work was not going to be condensed to fulfilling errands, but rather immersing myself in an authentic work experience. My boss, Citi Medina, only confirmed my hopes for a genuine internship when he called out to me and asked, “Hey Nana, wanna join me next Wednesday when I go over to speak at YouTube?” Of course I said yes.

Medina and I met up that Wednesday morning at 9 am and set our sights on New York for YouTube studios. Medina, decked out in his swagger induced outfit, sat with me as we traveled. Our conversation began with the basics. He asked me about my school, my interests in academia and where I saw my major taking me. The small talk, however, only lasted for so long as the two of us began reviewing his upcoming presentation while progressively learning more and more about one another. If there were any previous position barriers between superior and intern present before then Medina and I had surely stripped them.
Upon finally reaching YouTube Studios and being kindly greeted, Medina and I met with his audience for the hour–the women of the BSTEM project. After being acquainted with them, he began his presentation and I was there to capture the moment. While Medina did face a number of technical difficulties, his readiness, wittiness and humor combated even the slightest technological mishap. He retained everyone’s attention and the videos and pictures I snapped are reminiscent of that. As the presentation came to a close, Medina and I congratulated one another on our work for the day and we were even gifted with a remarkable tour around the YouTube venue. But my gift was not necessarily the YouTube experience but much rather that I was asked to partake in it. Medina confirmed for me that I was not just an intern, but an EqualSpace intern and that made all the difference.

Who is Clarisa Romero?

Clarisa Romero is a teacher and coach who creates customized programs for individuals and businesses, but that is not the only notch in her belt. Clarisa helps people with business development by raising self-awareness and emotional regulation.

Romero loves to give back to the community in many ways. She regularly speaks on topics, such as empowerment, leadership and her beliefs on mindfulness.  She’s a contributor on latinasinbusiness.us and she covers mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and work-life business.

Before founding her business: Mindful Consultants, a firm that specializes in the neuroscience-based practice of mindfulness and conscious business concepts.  Romero has provided her consulting services to the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of NJ (SHCCNJ), to revamp their public relations and marketing efforts. Clarisa Romero was a Public/Government Affairs & Strategic Communications professional for a private Public Relations & Lobbying Firm. Before working for the government, Clarisa served as the Director of Development and Community Education at Multicultural Community Services, a non-profit social service agency. She has plenty of experience with working with people and helping out her community, which is why =SPACE is excited to be hosting a fireside chat with her on July 28.

Here is a taste of what you should look forward to on Friday, June 28:

 

Positive Energy, 17.16 from Princeton Community Television on Vimeo.

 

 

Rebuilding cities

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On Friday our founder Medina Citi had a panel about being a tech-enabled company. He had the pleasure of being on the panel with Chris Taylor  ( C.M.O of Word Press), Aisha Glover ( President of Newark CEDC) and Jeffery Robison (Professor a Rutgers business) . Tech is great to have in business but a lot of small business in Newark are not connected to the world.

75 % of small business in Newark are not connected to the internet.

There is no way these businesses could connect to anything or anyone outside of word of mouth. Being online can improve the image of your store/company. Citi Medina, Founder of =SPACE (EqualSpace),  stated that we need more of our Newark businesses to get with the program and connected to their community and the rest of the world.

 

Stats on social media and small business

Outside of Newark, most businesses need social media. 44% of business owners said they depend on social media to generate brand awareness; 41% of said they depend on it to drive revenue. 90% of local business owners said that their social marketing efforts have increased exposure for their business and 75 percent said that they’ve increased traffic, according to smallbiztrends.com.  50% of business owners that have been implementing social media marketing tactics for two years have reported improved sales. Social media marketing truly helps to push your brand out!

Lynette Lashawn- Co Host/Style Cocktail Panelist

Lynette has worked as a Creative Director, coordinated fashion shows, created fashion moments, interviewed celebrities, served as a Judge on a Celebrity Panel at Ms Full Figured pageant USA and worked as a paid Blogger. Additionally, Lynette has worked backstage at NYC-Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Nolcha Fashion Week and has covered many fashion events as press with published work in Magazines. In 2014 her talents landed her backstage at London’s Fashion Week in the Somerset house with a designer from New York. Lynette and her boutique

In 2014 her talents landed her backstage at London’s Fashion Week in the Somerset house with a designer from New York. Lynette and her boutique have been featured in Vogue and several other publications from Essence Magazine, Newark Bound Magazine, Fashion Bomb Daily (3 times), Social Media Sites, Websites and blogs. She continues to provide styling services to everyday women and men, while she actively contributes to the Fashion Industry as a Content Creator/Brand Influencer. Not to mention, she donates time, clothing, coats, shoes and services to charitable organizations as a way to give back to the community.

Tehsuan Glover- Style Cocktail Panelist

Raised in East Orange, NJ, Tehsuan Glover is the youngest of seven children.
He learned quickly that life lessons can be learned quite effectively by observing the successes and failures of others.

Mr. Glover was educated in the East Orange Public School District and graduated from Clifford J. Scott High School with honors. Deciding not to attend college, he began working in corporate America. Starting from the bottom as a mail clerk at The Seagram’s Beverage Company, Mr. Glover developed long-standing relationships with corporate executives and industry partners. He was eventually tapped by the London-based agency, Tag, to manage advertising production campaigns for clients including Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Absolut, The Children’s Place, H&M, and Reebok, among others.

After leaving Tag in 2008, Mr. Glover launched the men’s lifestyle and tastemaker brand, Gentleman Culture. Building an online audience supplemented by social media, the brand’s message and reach have attracted clients including Belairé Rose, Jimenez Tobacco, men’s hair care brand Scotch Porter, and men’s clothier St. James & Co. In 2014, Mr. Glover launched The Newark Times, an online news & media site dedicated to the lifestyles, perspectives, history, and current affairs in Newark, NJ. The Newark Times was launched to help re-write the media’s narrative as it relates to Newark. Celebrating its one-year anniversary.

Jonathan Bodrick- Style Cocktail Panelist

B.O.R.N. storeowner and fashion maven Jonathan Bodrick has been styling people since the age of five – when he first asked his mother if he could give his teacher a necklace from her jewelry box as “a little style inspiration.” Jonathan fondly reminisces about large closets filled with elaborate hats and impeccably tailored suits, as his father, grandfather and uncles were all sharp dressers, further driving Jonathan’s keen eye for fashion. As he recalls detailed stories told by his parents, as well as old pictures of The Savoy in Harlem, he says there has never been a lack of inspiration in his life. Fashion is in Jonathan’s DNA and he uses it everyday as a vehicle to influence and inspire.

InAWordFAB: Lauren Craig- Style Cocktail Panelist

Currently, as the official Glambassador for Newark, New Jersey, Lauren writes for NewarkHappening.com, the official travel and tourism blog for the city. Lauren is passionate about sharing the most glamorous aspects of culture with her audience.

As a lawyer, writer, style expert, and media correspondent, Lauren Craig has been courting the public eye since she launched InaWordFab.com in 2007. First bitten by the fashion bug during a college internship with W Magazine and Women’s Wear Daily in Los Angeles, California, it was not until after law school that she truly developed a fashion editor’s eye. It was then that she was inspired to blend her love of writing with her burgeoning style savvy to become a fashion blogger, and thus InaWordFab.com was born! Quickly, it became a go-to internet destination for irreverent commentary on celebrity style, breaking trend news, industry interviews, and pictures from the most exclusive parties and events in New York City.

Since that time, Lauren has become a writer-for-hire, contributing content to media outlets including MTV.com, ThisThatBeauty.com, and HelloBeautiful.com.

Anita Dickens- Style Cocktail Panelist

Anita Dickens was born and raised in  Newark, NJ 1972. She graduated from West Side High School and went on to receive an Associate’s in Science from Essex County College, a BA in Science from New Jersey City University and a Masters in Public Affairs and Administration from Rutgers-Newark.
In addition to her many accomplishments, Anita volunteered her services in the community and elected as a Board member of a local LGBT organization.

Anita Dickens is the founder and Owner of ANĒ formally known as A Girl&Guy Thing that started in 2013. CoOwner of a Fashion and Home Decor Studio located in Newark NJ.

ANĒ is a lifestyle brand that caters to all genders who loves and appreciates classic and vintage fashion including accessories and home decor.