Black Entrepreneurs and Visionaries Table Talk


Meet six innovative, dynamic and influential Black women and men who are making waves, changing narratives and creating a bright future for the Black Diaspora. Hear firsthand from this eclectic group of entrepreneurs about the impact they are making and their vision for the future. A fantastic opportunity to talk, share stories and learn from their journey. Lunch will be provided. 

When: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 1–3 pm
Where: Music Room, Hart House
Cost: Free 

Special Guest Speakers

Lucia Bakulumpagi-Wamala

Bakulu Power CEO & Founder Lucia Bakulumpagi-Wamala lives and operates with the knowledge that progress is rooted in possibility.

This understanding is at the core of Bakulu Power, a company that focuses on harnessing the possibilities inherent in the emerging renewable energy sector and converting them into tangible socioeconomic growth and environmental sustainability for communities throughout Uganda and Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Lucia’s advocacy of impactful energy solutions and work on behalf of Bakulu Power has seen her represent the company at high-level events worldwide. As a speaker at the 2017 United Nations General Assembly, she was among a first-ever youth contingent that discussed avenues for accelerating youth empowerment with the most senior Africans in the UN system and the African Union. At the 2018 African Union Summit, Lucia participated in another first for the organization – an industry-led round table discussion between heads of industry and heads of state. At the 2018 World Trade Organization Public Forum, Lucia participated in the main-stage event Making Trade Work for the Environment, Prosperity and Resilience. 

Lucia has also served as the keynote speaker at the 2018 Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue and has lectured at the Yale School of Management. She has been interviewed by CNBC Africa, CBC and Africa News, and has been profiled in Brussels Airlines’ “b-inspired”, Forbes Afrique, Forbes Magazine as one of the 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa (2017) and Institute Choiseul as one of the 100 African Economic Leaders for Tomorrow.

In her spare time she can be found spending time with her constant companion and travel buddy, her daughter Naomi, who she hopes will one day benefit from sitting stage-side, watching as she works to power our tomorrow.

Emily Mills

Emily Mills is the award-winning founder of How She Hustles, a vibrant network that has been connecting diverse women through social media and events in Toronto for nearly a decade. She is a sought-after public speaker and former senior communications officer at CBC. Emily created HERstory in Black, a digital photo series featuring 150 inspiring black women. The project earned national media coverage, the CBC President’s Award and attention from the Prime Minister. In 2018, Emily was named to the prestigious Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 list in the inaugural Mercedes-Benz Emerging Leaders category. She is also featured in the book profiling 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women. Emily holds journalism and music degrees, and has studied public relations.  She is a proud wife and mom.

You can find her on Twitter or Instagram@howshehustles. 

Camille Mitchell 

Camille is an Architect with KPMB Architects – one of Canada’s leading design studios with projects receiving national and international praise and recognition. Ms. Mitchell was fully immersed in the design of the New Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Presently, she is a Project Architect for the new commercial tower development for the Bay Adelaide Centre in Toronto.

Camille believes that is extremely important for visible minority groups to be involved with the design of their built environments and STEM programs. Therefore, she is passionate about promoting Architecture to youth and marginalized communities in order to correct the disproportionate representation within the profession.

Camille is currently the Managing Director for the independent organization BEAT – Building Equality in Architecture Toronto.  Our programs are dedicated to creating events and web content to support mentorship, networking and leadership opportunities for women and visible minorities in the profession.  During the summer, Camille was involved with facilitating Toronto’s first Hip-Hop Architecture Camp with Michael Ford at the North York Central Library.   This is an opportunity for children to develop their critical thinking through commenting on their local environment.  Camille also serves as a mentor with the Lifelong Leadership Institute; a program that promotes excellence amongst Black Students as they transition to postsecondary education. 

Most recently, Camille was invited to join the Dean’s Advisory Council within the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science at Ryerson University.  This is an opportunity to contribute towards making a sustainable impact on the education of students enrolled within the faculty. 

Danardo Jones 

Danardo Jones is a social justice advocate and lawyer. In his previous role he was the Director of Legal Services at the African Canadian Legal Clinic and currently works at Legal Aid Ontario. Danardo is also pursuing his LLM at Osgoode Law to thoroughly investigate the relationship between Blacknessand sentencing determinations and assessing the considerations that should be given to race.

 

Sepo Achempong

Sepo is co-founder and visionary Director of  Black Owned Unity, a social enterprise launched to unite the black community around the goal of economic development. Our aim is to raise the next generation of black business leaders by giving black entrepreneurs access to resources they need to succeed. Being entrepreneurs ourselves, we decided to start a marketplace to make a positive difference in our community by creating opportunities for black entrepreneurs to build successful businesses in spaces where they can share their unique products and services to the public. This journey began by organizing periodic events that have drawn thousands of people to shop with more than 150+ vendors since our inception, and we aim to expand our unique model throughout North America.

Aisha Addo 

Aisha Addo has a long history of working to make the world a better place for women. Although a graduate in Business Administration Accounting, her true passion and dedication lie in ensuring girls around the world are provided with the guidance and resources that help them identify their true purpose and calling to reach their full potential. She founded Power To Girls Foundation, a non-profit organization to offer young girls the mentors and role models that were absent during her own youth. As a facilitator and director of Power To Girls, she uses her personal experiences and knowledge to create safe and engaging spaces for the girls she works with. Aisha’s work has not gone unnoticed. She is the recipient of the Young Black and Gifted Award for Community Service. She was also named a Black Diversity Group Role Model and One of 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada. DriveHER, the ride-sharing service for women by women, is Aisha’s latest initiative and the next step in her journey to empowering and protecting women.

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