“There’s an old African proverb that says if you can talk, then you can sing.”
That's how Janine Bell, president of the Elegba Folklore Society and our December 2017 breakfast speaker, opened the "Juneteeth" festivities in Richmond recently. Members of the audience in front of her lit up with laughter and she led the crowd in a welcome song sung by people in southwestern Nigeria and Benin.
Juneteenth is a three-day celebration commemorating the emancipation of American slaves. It marks the arrival of Union troops in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865. Upon their arrival — two months after the Confederacy had surrendered in the Civil War — the troops declared the freedom of all enslaved people in Texas.
The three-day celebration at the Pine Camp Cultural Arts and Community Center in Richmond includes musical performances and a symposium to start
“It’s an opportunity for people to be in humility, gratitude, and triumph all at once,” Bell said in a recent Times-Dispatch article about this year's festivities. More
Peter McCourt will tell us about the Cristo Rey network of four year college preparatory schools that use a unique business oriented model to provide a quality private school experience to students from under served, low-income communities.
Each Cristo Rey school manages a corporate work study program that employs every student five days a month in an entry-level, professional job all four years of high school. A team of four students shares one entry-level job at a professional organization, allowing students to earn the majority of their high school tuition while gaining real-world work experience.
Cristo Rey Richmond High School will open in September of 2019 in the former.home of Benedictine High School. The initial class of freshmen is expected to have 100 members with a full capacity of 400 students by 2023. .
The Cristo Rey network includes 35 Catholic college preparatory schools that today serve 11,000+ students across 21 states and DC.The schools admit students of all faiths and cultures, and nearly 50% of Cristo Rey students are not Catholic.
More than 90% of Cristo Rey graduates enroll in college and are 2.5 times as likely to graduate as members of the communities the schools serve. Annual retention of corporate partners who employ the students is nearly 90%, and 95% of student employees exceed expectations of their employers.
When Gary and Stan were workign to launch Encorepreneur!, more than 5 years ago, their working name for the group was "What's Next RVA". At the time, both were working mostly with early satge, entrepreneurial businesses. So, naturally, a Metro Business Live event p[lanned for June 19th caught their eye. The event is called "RVA’s entrepreneurial ecosystem: What’s next?”
Entrepreneurs, startup founders, angel investors and others say more could be done to support budding businesses in the Richmond region.. The event will explore include a panel discussion on identifying steps that should be taken o continue feeding and growing the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The panelists will be:
Richmond Times-Dispatch Business Editor Gregory J. Gilligan will moderate the discussion.
The event will be held at the RTD building at 300 E. Franklin St. The gathering, which includes a catered breakfast, will be from 7:15 to 9 a.m.
Tickets are $20.
To buy tickets and to get more information about Metro Business Live, go to www.richmond.com/events/metro-business-live.
Bruce Matson, has dreamed about hiking the length of the Appalachian Trail since he saw a presentation on it in 1974 and said “I’m going to do that someday.”
Bruce spoke to an encorepreneur breakfast about his previous long hike on the Camino De Santiago across northern Spain and shared hundereds of photos of his adventue.
Besides his "real job" as the chief legal officer and partner of downtown law firm, LeClairRyan, Bruce is the author of three regional golf histories and more recently published The Race Before Us: A Journey of Running & Faith and The Road to Find Out: A Modern Pilgrim and the Camino de Santiago. Bruce even let the Encorepreneur audience vote and determine the title of "The Road To Find Out" from among several alternatives.
We encourage you to follow Bruce's journey through his website and blog at www.rtkchallenge.com
Will Turner, known by some as the World's Craziest Man, will speak at the encorepreneur breakfast scheduled for September 25th.
How crazy is he? Well, last week he completed his 24th ironman event since January 1 of this year. And, he is 60 years old! (An ironman is a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 run completed in one day.)
By the time Will speaks to encorepreneur, he will have completed more than 40 ironman's, on his way to "60 at 60". His goal is to complete 60 ironmans during his 60th year. You can learn more on Will's efforts on this NBC-12 feature on him.
WIll believes that everyone should step out of their own comfort zones and embark on their own BOLD adventures…whatever they may be, and he has set out to help them acheive that through his "Live Your Bold Movement.
Our September breakfast will be at another new venue for eEncorepreneur. We will be meeting at the West End Assembly of God facilities on Parham Road. After the meeting, we will have met at a mosque, a temple and a church in our efforts to introduce people to new people. places and programs.
You can learn more about Will and follow his progress on his website www.liveyourbold.com.
Dave Gallagher, veteran encorepreneur and breakfast host, Dave Gallagher is expanding in an unexpected direction this fall. He is following a trend that is bonding millenials and seniors in an unexpected direction. Dave is opening Richmond's first shuffleboard social club in Scott's Addition. (No, we are not kidding!). More
And the best news is that Encorepreneur will be visiting the "Tang and Biscuit" for our October breakfast. Set a reminder to check our schedule of Upcoming Events in early September for details.
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