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      Black Community Economic Development: Opportunities and Challenges in Indianapolis

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      April 28, 2019

      Sunday   3:00 PM

      3549 Boulevard Pl
      Indianapolis, Indiana 46208

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      Black Community Economic Development: Opportunities and Challenges

      Join us for a panel discussion with leaders around Indianapolis who are taking creative action within the African American community to create opportunity and improve people's lives.  Panelists:  Ashley Gurvitz with ROCK Initiative - Eastern Star Church. Learn More.  Tysha Hardy-Sellers with Edna Martin Christian Center. Sellers is the President and CEO of the Edna Martin Christian Center and EMCC Holdings LLC which is located on the near-northeastside of Indianapolis in the Martindale-Brightwood community. Returning to the community in which she was born and raised to help rebuild, she has served in this position since 2008. Annually, EMCC impacts the lives of 3,000 in an effort to fulfill its mission of encouraging, empowering and engendering a vision of hope for residents through programs, services, and community development. Tysha has worked with her agency team and collective impact partners to provide transformational opportunities that result in residents increasing their education, increasing their income, and developing a healthier community. Robert Hawthorne with Westside Community Development. Hawthorne is a self-Driven visionary leader with 25 years of management experience and experienced project manager with superior ability to assess the business environment to create and implement strategies to drive business objectives. Comfortable in a fast paced and changing environment. Committed to creating an environment which supports the personal and professional development of all employees. Self-assured leader able to collaborate with staff, board, and community to ensure alignment with strategic objectives. Ron Hantz with Network for Developing Conscious Communities. Learn More.  Pambana Uishi (Moderator) is the Office Manager and one of the founders of the Kheprw Institute. In her current position, she handles the accounting, fund development and grants management aspects of the organization. Prior to joining the staff, she worked to encourage civic engagement, as an independent consultant and assisted youth and adults in finding and obtaining employment. With over 30 years of experience in youth development, she is committed to empowering youth with the skills, abilities and opportunities needed to be a positive force for change in their communities and in the world. Chinyelu Mwaafrika (Moderator) is a Graduate of Shortridge High School and has been involved with The Kheprw Institute since 2005. He’s been involved in many aspects of the organization, from urban agriculture to web design, but his main expertise lies in videography, a skill he has been steadily developing over the years. He is currently a videographer and project manager with KI NuMedia. He plans to begin studying theater at Butler in October, and would potentially even like to pursue a career as a director one day.

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