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Create + Innovate: A Discussion on Disruption and Entrepreneurship

He’s designed for Michael Jordan and more athletes than he can count. Now, he’s started his own shoe company for kids.

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to attend “Create + Innovate: A Conversation on Disruption and Entrepreneurship.” Join Jason Mayden, Former Nike Design Director and Global Innovation Director, as he leads a discussion that will inspire entrepreneurs, young and old.

This free event will be held on the University of Texas Campus on Saturday, March 17th from 1:00 pm — 3:00 pm. Students will have the opportunity to participate in dialogue with Jason and learn how he founded his own start-up after working with Nike for over 13 years.

Now CEO + Co-Founder of SuperHeroic, Jason is a mission to inspire creativity through the power of play.

About our keynote speaker:

Jason Mayden, a Chicago native, was Jordan Brand’s first design intern. He climbed his way up the ranks to become the brand’s lead designer. While at Nike Jason created products for Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Derek Jeter and, of course, Michael Jordan. He also helped launched Steph Curry’s app, Slyce.

After a 13 year career at Nike and Jordan Brand, Mayden set out on a new path following a conversation with his then seven-year-old son, who was crying because of his weight issues. Mayden quit Nike and began working on Super Heroic — a brand that is reinventing the way children play through sneakers and apparel.

With the backing of investors in Silicon Valley and Magic Johnson, the company created its first-ever performance shoe, the TMBLR V1, which was designed specifically for the playground.

Currently, Jason is an advisor, d.Fellow and Media Designer at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University, a frequent lecturer at Stanford University’s prestigious Graduate School of Business and an advisory board member to his undergraduate alma mater, the College for Creative Studies.

Mayden is also at Accel Partners assisting with the continuous development of Accel’s brand position amongst the global community of investors and entrepreneurs while working with portfolio companies on deepening and extending their knowledge and ability to create cultures of curiosity.

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Interest Meeting for the BLF Foundation’s Developing Future Leaders Mentorship Program

The BLF Foundation is enlisting your help to develop the next generation of leaders through our “Developing Future Leaders” Mentorship Program. Come join us at the Austin Public Library North Village Branch for a mentorship program information session to learn more about our year long mentorship program.

Each mentor will be matched with a selected student from our scholarship applicant pool for a year, beginning in January. Once a month, we will meet and complete 10 professional development topics to support the growth and development of the students in the mentorship program. You will get to work hands on with them, as well as arrange outside activities with your student based upon shared interests. As a mentor and student pair, you will also complete a service project.

There are a variety of reasons to become a mentor:

• Become a “big brother or sister”

• Create countless memories

• Experience a sense of pride in another individual’s progression in life

• Give back to the community

• Help assist a younger version of yourself

There will be 10 scheduled workshops, that focus on a different focal area that impacts college students. Open discussion is encouraged as different viewpoints can help students understand various ways to tackle situations. After each scheduled meeting, students will complete a “homework” activity to demonstrate mastery and also build a portfolio which shows evidence of their unique value proposition to employers.

Look forward to seeing you at our information session!

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Congratulations to Leonor Ramirez for becoming a Federation of Houston Professional Women 2018 Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Leonor Ramirez, who has been named as a 2018 Federation of Houston Professional Women Educational Foundation (FHPWEF) scholarship recipient! Leonor will receive a $1,000 check towards her tuition. Leonor is a 2018 Developing Future Leaders Mentorship program student, attending the University of Texas at Austin where she is majoring in Psychology.

About Federation of Houston Professional Women Education Foundation

The mission of the Federation of Houston Professional Women Educational Foundation (FHPWEF) is to award scholarships and gifts of aid and advance the education and knowledge of women in the community.

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Congratulations to 2018 Kuhn Scholars Adraint and Leonor!

Congratulations to both Adraint Bereal and Leonor Ramirez on being announced as 2018 Intellectual Enteprenurship (IE) Pre-Graduate Internship Program. Both Adraint and Leonor are students in our 2018 Developing Future Leaders Mentorship Program. Adraint is also a 2018 Richard Fontenot Honorary Scholarship Student.

Each student will receive a $1,000 grants for the spring 2018 semester. The DDCE provides a matching stipend to the interns’ graduate student mentors. Since 2013, there have been 220 IE Kuhn Scholars selected from an applicant pool of over 480 eligible students—totaling nearly $400,000 in awards and matching stipends. The award supports first-generation and/or economically-disadvantaged college students in their academic pursuits and further enriches their pre-graduate school internship experience (e.g., traveling to conferences, potential graduate school visits, research endeavors, supplies, books etc.).

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Announcing our Class of 2018 Developing Future Leaders Mentorship Program

Congratulations to our 24 students that are apart of our 2018 Developing Future Leaders Mentorship Program! We are excited to mentor and develop these young bright minds. Here are our students for our Class of 2018.

Class of 2018

From left to right:

Adraint Bereal, University of Texas at Austin, Sophomore Design Student

Amarachi Ngwakwe, University of Texas at Austin, Sophomore Pre-Med Student

Ashlyn Knox, University of Texas at Austin, Freshman Student

Azja Stanton, Univeristy of Texas at Austin, Junior MIS Student

Bianca Uzoma, University of Texas at Austin, Junior Pre-Med Student

Brandon Okeke, University of Texas at Austin, Sophomore Biology Student

Chikodi Merenu, University of Texas at Austin, Sophomore Biology Student

Davionne Needom, University of Texas at Austin, Sophomore Accounting Student

Ethany Thomas, University of Texas at Austin, Junior Finance Student

Leonard Super, Austin Community College, Psychology Student

Joshua Nyangon, University of Texas at Austin, Junior MIS Student

K’Ashley Collins, Huston Tillotson University, Senior Biology Student

Kalen McGuire, University of Texas at Austin, Sophomore Student Arts, Business Student

Kastina Fishback, University of Texas at Austin, Senior Finance Student

Larry Miller, Austin Community College, Freshmen Electronic Technician with a Renewable Energy Specialization Student

Leonor Ramirez, University of Texas at Austin, Sophomore Psychology Student

Mustapha Jolaade, University of Texas at Austin, Junior Petroleum Engineering Student

Nkele Nkele, University of Texas at Austin, Junior Government Student

Oreoluwa Ademola-Tobun, University of Texas at Austin, Junior Finance Student

Taylor Edwards, University of Texas at Austin, Sophmore Government Student

Telana Weeden, University of Texas at Austin, Junior African and African American Diaspora Studies and RTF Student

Treyshun Johnson, Austin Community College, Junior Civil Engineering Student

Thianny Gonzalez, University of Texas at Austin, Sophomore Accounting Student

 

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Congratulations to the 2018 Richard Fontenot and Susan Moore-Fontenot Honorary Scholarship Winners!

Congratulations to the 2018 Richard Fontenot and Susan Moore-Fontenot Honorary Scholarship Winners, Adraint, Davionne, and Treyshun!

From left to right:

Adraint Bereal, Sophomore Design Student at The University of Texas at Austin

Davionne Needom, Sophomore Accounting Student at The University of Texas at Austin

Treyshun Johnson, Junior Civil Engineering Student at Austin Community College

Each student receive a $1,000 tuition check sent to their institution of study, along with a MacBook Pro 13″ with Touch Bar and an iPad Pro 10.5″. Each students is also enrolled in our 2018 Developing Future Leaders Mentorship Program.

Congratulations again to these amazing students!

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