Please Join Progressive African Network in Partnership with Microsoft Community Space to engage in entrepreneurship to highlight incredible Talented, African Diasporan Entrepreneurs serving the African Diaspora Communities in the greater Boston area and beyond.
INCREDIBLE GUEST PRESENTERS:
Kad Kaneye is an experienced social entrepreneur and change leader, passionate about empowering youth and women, and fostering community development through entrepreneurship and start up ventures. Kad leads a large accounting practice, which fights against corruption and promotes business ethics.
Jeremey Colon Is a certified master personal trainer, life Coach, business consultant and artist manager based out of Boston, MA. He is the founder of Jeremy Colon Enterprises and BlessedYou Clothing. On July 31st, 2013, Jeremy underwent a kidney transplant surgery where he donated his kidney to his sick Father, who was on the verge of death. 3 months later, fully recovered, Jeremey Colon decided to become an entrepreneur and help people achieve happiness through fitness, balance, and spirituality.
Mary Canning , founder of the “human rights” inspired company, *Follow the Honey*,saw a critical need for providing a commercially sustainable outlet for marginalized beekeepers in poor countries, a pursuit that encourages land conservation, best beekeeping practices, and eco-tourism in places where farming tobacco and maize, or mining, are often the only alternatives. With a popular brick n’ mortar store in Harvard Square – recently awarded Best Green Business by Scout Magazine – Mary’s staff daily see proof that the empowerment story of the terroir of honeys to help alleviate poverty, convinces consumers to pay a premium price that can support higher commercial payments to honey producers.
Before starting her company, Mary apprenticed as a ‘bee tender’ in Massachusetts and visited rural bee keepers in the Western Ghats of Kerala in India, where she first saw the potential for ‘honey money’ in remoteareas. She is the co-founder of a majority-African held venture – Follow the Honey Tanzania – that is putting these ideas into practice, developing a rural honey collection system and an FDA-certified export facilities in Dodoma & Dar es Salaam. Included in this enterprise, is the Nyuki Safari Company.
Prior to following the honey, Mary worked in documentary film at WGBH-Boston, on the staff of FRONTLINE, NOVA & *Interactive Projects*. While on assignment at BASIC BLACK, Mary produced for the *Eye on Education* series,programs shedding light on the punitive impact of MCAS standardized testing on African-American children & their teachers at Madison Park High School in Boston. She produced a TV pilot for the NPR syndicated, “Says You” and helped produce the WGBH Independent Film Showcase, Indie Select. Independent
projects with Underbelly Films include a physician’s spiritually transforming journey with terminal cancer and “Inside Out”, a story about prison inmates practicing Buddhist meditation as a path
Mary serves on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Square Business Association, is a member and sponsor of Africans in Boston, and sits on the Committee for the Good Foods Awards, Honey Division, out of UC Davis.
12:30PM: PAN & Microsoft Welcome
1pm-2pm: PAN Updates & PAN Introduction of Guest Presenters
2:15-2:30pm : Entrepreneurs in Africa will Join via Skype & Telescope
2:30pm-3pm: Networking & Closing Remarks by PAN
Progressive African Network (PAN) was founded by four young African professionals who have dedicated their lives to find advancement and advocacy of the African diaspora through community events and entrepreneurship initiatives. Please visist: www.Proafricannet.org
PAN Mission : Encouraging Entrepreneurship, Civic Engagement, Professional Development, and Cultural Vitality in cities we are based in and in Africa.
For more Info, Please Contact: Leonard Tshitenge , Director of Events & Community Engagements @ PAN
Afroblues63@gmail.com or L.Tshitenge@proafricannet.org or 617 388 5659
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