DAY 1 - MONDAY 18.03.2016


Young Entrepreneurs

Media Academy

was awesome!



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July 10 - 15, 2017


Number of business

industries represented

276
18
100%
100%

Years of professional

experience represented 


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Young Entrepreneurs Media Academy is a full week of immersive programs and activities to introduce youth to getting their creative business ideas off the ground and

using media to help bring them to life.


Our awesome lineup of faciltators represent a wide spectrum of entpreneurial pursuits from Artists, Authors, and Athletes

to Proprietors, Podcasters, and Producers.


Workshops will include live and virtual trainings with opportunities for participants to forge strong, supportive,

and substantive professional relationships.


Looking forward to welcoming another group of wonderful middle and high school students recommended by their teachers and school principals who will be able to attend the Academy FREE of charge in return for their hard work and achievements.


ABOUT THE ACADEMY

Facilitator Lineup

The Louisiana native restaurant proprietor started his two decade career at the world famous Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in New Orleans and continued as a pastry chef on Capitol Hill.


Bert previously directed the culinary program at Sur La Table as Resident Chef in New Jersey, and has served as Personal Chef to international

TV personalities.

Owner & Executive Chef

Studio B Bakery & Bistro


Bert Dumas

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Session: Culinary & Hospitality Management

Executive Producer

Staging Executives Media Production & Design

Leontyne Anglin

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Leontyne is a former corporate marketing executive and investor relations professional
with a background in television production, podcasting, and independent film.


She facilitates workshops, produces and hosts   a show that helps business owners and entrepreneurs leverage media to increase their visibility. She has served as judge panelist for WHYY-TV's Youth Media Awards since its inception in 2011. 

Session: TV Studio & Media Production

Session: Smart Start for Kids

Chief Executive Officer

Hamilton Horizons Federal Credit Union

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Cindy runs the cooperative financial institution dedicated to providing affordable financial services, loans and financial literacy programs

to the community as well as educating youth about savings and the basics of banking.


She has worked in and around credit unions in different capacities since 1978.  She is a Certified Financial Counselor training groups

and individuals in budgeting and finances.

Cindy Rein-Zima

Session: Telling your story

Author, Educator & Coach

"A Rocky Start"

Anthony was born and raised in East Harlem where he experienced the hardships of growing up in an urban environment. His children's book ‘A Rocky Start’ provides a brief glimpse into his early years and how he decided to become the educator and coach that he is today.


The 2017 Purple Dragon award-winning book has also been added to the catalog at the prestigious Schomburg Center in New York City.

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Anthony Tucker


Session: Creating a Winning Brand

PR & Branding Expert 

CEO SMB Strategic 

Shakira Brown

Shakira M. Brown is an award-winning PR & Branding expert and CEO of SMB Strategic Media LLC (www.pradviser.net) which helps small businesses get to the heart of why customers buy their goods and services by helping them clarify their message and by uncovering their competitive advantage.  


She is also the host of the Moment Masters Show, a small business podcast available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and the show website at www.momentmasters.com.




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Session: Professional Networking

Former NFL Player, Speaker & Entrepreneur

CEO Reggie Brown Productions

Reggie "Truck" Brown

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Reggie played 9 years professional football winding down his career with the Philadelphia Eagles. His highly anticipated book chronicling his tumultuous life and pro career is in the works. As a successful business owner and youth advocate, he shares his mantra that everyday   you wake up is "a great day to be alive!"


A dynamic speaker featured at conferences and events, Reggie has addressed audiences of over 50,000 people across the US and abroad since his days in the NFL.




Kim Osterhoudt

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Founder and CEO Jams by Kim

Semifinalist, Queen Boss featured on Centric TV

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Jams by Kim, an artisanal food company specializing in all natural jams, jellies and preserves was created by Kim Osterhoudt, MBA, following  an executive career in

corporate america.


The multiple award-winning entrepreneur who has been featured in numerous publications, is also serving her second term as President of

the Central Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

"Jam Session": Creating a Family Legacy 

Session: Tips for Getting Started in Beauty 

Certified Makeup Artist 

Sarah Fina Mua

Sarah Fina is a certified makeup artist and beauty expert with a passion for people and artistry.


The young Bucks County native is creating smiles one makeup application at a time.


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Session: Fashion Styling 101

Fashion Designer

Ready by Design

Haneefah Mitchell

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Haneefah Mitchell has always had a passion for fashion and a drive for all things creative. Her 15+ year career in the fashion industry has spanned from designing children's clothes to her current women's clothing brand 'Haneefah M.'.


She gives back to the next generation by serving as the founder, president and a mentor of 'Ready By Design, Inc. a 501(c)3 fashion mentorship program.


Session: Jewelry Design

Artist and Designer

Owner Hummingbird Arts Studio 

April Zay

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After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, April spent many years working as a  packaging and graphic designer for high-end companies, including Lenox China and Waterford Crystal. She also collaborated on packaging for a number

of companies such as Macy’s and Kate Spade.


Her greatest joy is sharing her knowledge and love of art through teaching, especially inspiring children’s creativity.

Session: Smart Money Decisions

Former NFL player Marques Ogden brings together individuals and players from the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL seeking to improve their communication skills and enhance their brands through the Ogden Speaking Academy.


After losing nearly $2 million in less than 90 days from a business venture following his NFL career, Marques also spends time sharing financial literacy advice to youth and entrepreneurs.

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Best-Selling Author,  Mentor & Entrepreneur

President & CEO Ogden Speaking Academy

Marques Ogden

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Session: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

Nonprofit Manager

Founder & CEO The Tapestry

Naomi has over 11 years experience in program development and nonprofit management developing after school and youth programs.


With a focus on social entrepreneurship and service learning, she has developed The Tapestry nonprofit organization (www.tapestryforkids.org) as a self-sustaining resource for the communities that it serves.


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Naomi Mitchell

Session: Self Publishing Your Book 

Author, Speaker & Entrepreneur

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Elena is a retired teacher who decided to write a book to help children and parents learn how to enjoy everyday living with Celiac Disease after her own diagnosis. 


A popular, energetic, enthusiastic speaker at schools and community events, she also facilitates business workshops for entrepreneurs.


Elena Torsiello

Supporters and partners


Youth. Media. Business.

Beyond Expectations is a charitable nonprofit organization that provides marketable life skills

to teens through media education and

service leadership. 

Donna Hutchinson

Donna discovered that yoga transformed her life, opened 'mental doors' that were once bolted shut, created calm in the midst of chaos, and cultivated extreme gratitude.


She encourages her students to take yoga

"off the mat" and use it in everyday life.



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Yoga Teacher

Session: Real World Yoga

Erica Blocker, MA, CPC, is a bestselling author, Success Coach, CEO of Moms With Dreams University, inspirational speaker and host of the Moms With Dreams podcast.


She believes that you can create anything you want in your life when you know what you want and are willing to go after it.


Session: Starting a Successful Podcast

Author and Success Coach

CEO Moms with Dreams University 

Erica Blocker

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Key Sponsor

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