Join us for a Wilkes-Barre Connect Spotlight series webinar on November 4th at 11 AM! This event will feature Glynis Johns, Founder & CEO of Black Scranton Project as our featured speaker, and Travis J. Prince, Portrait Artist; Genelle Sedon, Owner and Director of C & G Tutoring; and Asia Custus, Owner of Paradise Soulfood & Sweets, LLC, as our spotlight speakers.
Glynis Johns is the founder of Black Scranton Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, local heritage initiative, and public history venture dedicated to archiving and celebrating African American history of Scranton and NEPA. Glynis is also a first-year doctoral student studying 19th and 20th century African American history at Rutgers University. A native Scrantonian, local historian, sociologist, artist, documentarian, and advocate; Glynis spends a lot of time researching Scranton in attempt to piece together narratives of the black community. She is proud to shift local perspectives on culture, inclusion, representation, and history. For Glynis, passions and projects are indistinguishable from each other.
She received her BA and MA in sociology at St. John?s University. Highlighted in the the March 2020 issue of Happenings Magazine as one of the most ?Influential Women in NEPA,? and NEPA Business Journal?s Top 20 under 40 Young Business Professionals 2019 honoree.
About Our Spotlight Speakers:
Best know for his painting "Chancellor Willams", Travis Prince is a self taught portrait artist from South Carolina. His focus on education, social issues, and relationships within the black community is put in the forefront of is work. His medium of choise are oil paints, but he sometimes incorporates inks, spray paints and other mediums as well. He hopes that his art will spark conversations on the beauty of being human. Tavis gets his inspiration from everyday life and in understanding that everyone has value and adds a piece to the human story. He enjoys capturing little moments in the life of the everyday person. Some of his favorite artists are Kahinde Wiley, Norman Rocwell, Fahamu Pecou,Tim Okamura and Kadir Nelson who also play on this same theme.
Genelle Sedon, a West Pittston native, is the owner and director of C & G Tutoring. Her tutoring service specializes in K-12, college and SAT prep tutoring which offers both in person and virtual sessions. Her and her husband, Chris, have two children: Colette,5, and Garrison, 3. They also have two rescue dogs.
Our final spotlight for this event is Asia Custus. Asia is the owner of Paradise Soulfood and Sweets LLC located in Downtown Scranton ? where she brings paradise to your palate with Soulfood and southern desserts, and makes every meal with love.
The Spotlight program features quarterly events that provide an opportunity for industry leaders and entrepreneurs in NEPA to meet, discuss and identify potential partnerships. Each event features a fifteen-minute presentation from an entrepreneur with regional ties, as well as video spotlights featuring local entrepreneurs, students, and non-profits.
Spotlight is a Wilkes-Barre Connect program coordinated by the Diamond City Partnership and sponsored by Penn State Wilkes-Barre, through the Invent Penn State initiative
About the Program: The Spotlight program features quarterly events that provide an opportunity for industry leaders and entrepreneurs in NEPA to meet, discuss and identify potential partnerships.
Spotlight is a Wilkes-Barre Connect program coordinated by the Diamond City Partnership and sponsored by Penn State Wilkes-Barre, through the Invent Penn State initiative.
About Wilkes-Barre Connect: The Wilkes-Barre Connect program helps businesses grow in NEPA. Powered by the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business & Industry, Connect features partnerships among the Small Business Development Center at Wilkes University, the Diamond City Partnership, the Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development at Wilkes University, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Family Business Alliance at Wilkes University, and the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Wilkes University. Wilkes-Barre Connect is housed in Wilkes-Barre?s T.H.I.N.K Center, a space made possible by the Invent Penn State initiative.
For more information about the Wilkes-Barre Connect Program please visit http://www.wilkesbarreconnect.org/