Starting a new venture or growing a business can be a daunting task. It is not uncommon to feel overwhelmed and uncertain about the best course of action to take. However, you do not have to face these challenges alone. With the help of a business coach, you can receive guidance, support, and accountability to help you achieve your goals.
A business coach is someone who has experience in business and can offer guidance, support, and accountability to help you reach your full potential. Working with a coach who understands the unique challenges of navigating social entrepreneurship as a person of color creates a safe environment for all social entrepreneurs to share their unique challenges and goals for their ventures.
At Represented Foundation, we believe that the power of coaching can help social entrepreneurs achieve their dreams. We offer coaching services to social entrepreneurs and growing businesses alike, and we've seen firsthand the incredible impact that coaching can have on our clients.
Represented is driving greater impact for all of us, giving a generation of change-makers the tools to turn their passions for community healing into careers.
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Learn how to Bet On Yourself on May 30 at Represented Foundation's entrepreneur office hours.
They say knowledge is power, and it's undoubtedly true in the world of entrepreneurship. But here's a secret that successful entrepreneurs have long known: it's not just what you know. It's WHO, you know!
In a realm where connections can make or break your business, networking becomes an indispensable tool for reaching new heights.
In the world of entrepreneurship, building connections is an essential ingredient for success. This blog post will explore why networking like a boss is crucial for Black and Brown entrepreneurs and how it can unlock doors to endless opportunities, collaborations, and growth.
We are closing out Women's History Month with a bang!
We are excited to feature Victoria Coker founder of Black Web Fest in our "Letters in Legacy" series!
In this episode we get to know more about Victoria’s organization, what sparked the idea for Black Web Fest and how much it has grown and expanded over the years!
Listen to the full episode below!
Represented Foundation is closing Black History Month with a bang! This month we are featuring Simone Gamble, founder of O.A.A.A.R.S and alumni of the Represented Foundation community.
On this episode of our "Letters in Legacy" series listen to, entrepreneur, healer and activist Simone Gamble talk about being the seed for change!
Listen to the full episode below!
Letters in Legacy: Stephanie Rivera pt 2
In our first installment of this interview I explained about sitting down with Stephanie Rivera, a Latina entrepreneur, advocate, and a practicing litigator in New York. In this half, Stephanie talked to me about identity, imposter syndrome and the Legacy she’s creating.
When I asked Stephanie what celebrating her own heritage during Hispanic Heritage month she clarified that she identifies as Nuyorican. While being proud of her Puerto Rican identity, being a New Yorker, she says helped her become the woman she is today.
“I think more than anything that has crafted who I am and how I turned out, and being around community members that are so diverse, and growing up in predominantly black neighborhoods, and finding commonality again, like, we're in this struggle together, and I'm gonna get free, you're gonna get free, and we just going through this together.”
The face of the organization:
Stephanie Rivera is a Latina entrepreneur, advocate, and a practicing litigator licensed in the state of New York. She focuses on supporting people who have experienced housing discrimination, and bringing cases against landlords and brokers to hold them responsible. We met over zoom to discuss her time at Represented Foundation where she created Bodega Legal, a space where people feel welcomed and supported when seeking legal counsel.
It’s Black Philanthropy Month, many thanks to LeaderStories for spotlighting our founder and executive director, Noel McKenzie's leadership journey!
With a renewed national and global focus on equity, the philanthropic sector is finally turning a lens on itself - following the path set by innovative leaders like Noel McKenzie, founder of Represented Foundation.
Listen to Noel as he dives deeper into why he created Represented Foundation, drawing on his own experiences with racial bias as a nonprofit leader.
Black Philanthropy Month
This Black Philanthropy month, we’re thinking about our love languages and all the ways that we show up for each other. One of our love languages is acts of service.
The wait is finally over. We are hosting a summer closeout Block Party this September!
In celebration of Women’s History Month:
We are honoring and celebrating women who inspire us through our blog series. This month we are featuring Dimple Jobanputra, a social justice advocate, and alumna of the Represented community. Throughout this article, you will learn more about her work at the intersection of philanthropy and real estate, including her thoughts on mentorship as a vital component of the empowerment for women of color.
Each time that I have a recurring meeting scheduled, (and also lead said meeting) I like to begin with a short, grounding question. It provides my colleagues with a little space to breathe and stretch their mental muscles, but it also helps to transition their thoughts away from whatever situation might have just been consuming their attention, in the most humane way, possible. I saw the need first, during peak quarantine of last year, when I was beginning to grow my team. Given that we were all working from small, corners, countertops or couches of our NYC apartments, and at any moment they, --or I, could have been just moments removed from a covid-19 influenced breakdown, I needed some way to start meetings that wouldn’t add to the trauma.
Our intention dinners are back, and we can't wait to break bread with you!
With every meal, our guests gather around a dinner table (in-person and virtual) to highlight one special topic and spotlight local Black chefs who fuel social change with food.
Celebrate Black Legacy Month with us over dinner, check more ways to get involved down below!
It’s the start of a new year, which means we have 365 days of possibilities to change our lives. We have all bought new planners, wrote out our list of resolutions, and made our vision boards. Now comes the hard part; sticking to our goals all year long. I am definitely guilty of not achieving my goals, --heck I even lost my list last year.
As the air has turned crisp and autumn leaves continue to fall, we’ve put away our summer shirts and replaced them with thick turtlenecks. Among other things, the holiday season is a time for reflection and giving, where we thank and appreciate those closest to us. During this time of year, we may not realize it, but there are two kinds of giving: giving thanks and giving to those in need.
The Face Behind The Company
Laura Jean-Jacques is a Haitian-American entrepreneur, community advocate, and business consultant living in Brooklyn, NY. She’s also a graduate for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Laura was a fellow in Represented Foundation’s Spring 2021 cohort, where she grew the idea for her company Zansèt Tea Co. Looking back, considers her time in Represented’s incubator Vision. Execution. Results. (V.E.R.) to be a transformative period for her, thanks in part to to instructors like Precious, Nakia, and Noel who helped her flush out her ideas and create Zansèt Tea Co.
“I had this burning feeling in me that I needed to be creating something... I knew I wanted it to be a healing tool in the holistic space. And it happened to morph, over a five month period into a tea product.”
Our founder Noel sat down to join the Ashe Academy podcast, a podcast which focuses on the difficult yet necessary conversations with artists, professionals, and community leaders of color about their work, their thoughts, and their concerns with the world around them. We're here to inspire, uplift, and engage.
During the episode they discussed his career and what inspired him to found Represented Foundation. Throughout the episode, they examined the complexity of diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging.
In the United States, Hispanic Heritage Month takes place every September 15 to October 15. This month is a time to celebrate and recognize the Hispanic community in the United States. You can contribute to a Latinx organization, volunteer, or support Latinx-owned small businesses this month to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. At Represented Foundation, we are proud of our history of entrepreneurship, and this month we are proud to highlight the contributions Latinos have made to our economy as business owners.
Written By: Andrea Sanchez-Mendoza
The yin to her yang
Kaniya Samm and Anika Carter are two amazing ladies who make up team Rooted LLC. a wellness startup providing clients with culturally empowering services. Co-founder Anika gave us some time over the phone to speak about their Legacy. Carter and Samm make great business partners, each filling in gaps for one another. While Anika says she’s more abstract in her ideas, Kaniya usually balances her out by being detail-oriented and focusing on the execution of plans. But their connection goes beyond just being business partners; the two have been best friends since sophomore year of college.
Written By: Andrea Sanchez-Mendoza
When owning your own business one typically dances on a fine line of work and play which can sometimes be blurred. Putting in the extra hours to make your enterprise thrive is okay but it’s when those extra hours completely overhaul your personal life that raises the question of when is too much, too much?
Represented Foundation's mission is to close the diversity gap in social impact leadership.