Impact Hub New York Metropolitan Area welcomes you to meet innovators in our Blueprint 2021 incubator program who are working on various impactful initiatives towards community empowerment. Our innovators featured today represent diversity in ethnicity/gender/geography, activities and aspirations. Join us for a rich insightful discussion that will bust myths on what it means to be an entrepreneur.

Panelist Bios

Nandini Singh joined the HomeWorks team as Development and Program Manager in July, 2019. Since then, Nandini helped raise over $350,000 and led operations and logistics of both the 2019 and 2020 programs. A graduate of The College of William and Mary, Nandini studied both Health Sciences and Economics. In the past, she volunteered as a Childcare Assistant at HomeFront; served as Undersecretary of Community Engagement at her college; and worked two years as an Education Coordinator for Branch Out Alternative Breaks, where she wrote and taught a social justice curriculum for college students. In her free time, Nandini loves hiking, cooking, and playing with her two dogs.

Jennifer Seda was born and raised in the Bronx. Throughout her life she has seen all the different parts of the Bronx and studied its history. She moved to the Melrose section of the South Bronx during the summer of 2020 and immediately saw so many hidden historic landmarks along with lots of residential litter. In June 2020, the same month the DSNY's budget was cut, Seda and her roommates founded a community driven clean up group named the “Anti Litter Project." Over the past nine months, with the help of committed community volunteers, they have been a part of revitalizing 3.5 acres of South Bronx green space, we have hosted 20 curb clean ups with over 60 participates, picked up over 17,000 pounds of loose litter and dedicated over 500 hours of volunteering towards anti-litter initiatives.

Kenrick Ross (he/him) has spent the last 15 years building and scaling innovative programs and organizations, thankfully in areas he is am deeply passionate about like social impact and entrepreneurship, community and civic engagement, and inclusive sports/fitness. He is the incoming Executive Director of a national nonprofit and is a huge politics and policy buff (CONSTITUENT started from his frustration with not finding info on local candidates). He has also founded several organizations, made two short films; spoken at 25+ conferences (planned and chaired a few, too); served on a dozen boards; consulted for nonprofits and companies; and played as much tennis as all of this other stuff allows.

Alicia White is an award-winning change-maker, innovator, and environmentalist. The majority of her experience has been on the ground in communities creating solutions, programs, service initiatives, and access to improve under-resourced communities. She is the Founder of Project Petals, a groundbreaking community development, environmental, and educational organization in New York City. Her upbringing in Queens, New York, inspires her innovation, and seeing a divide in the access to resources and opportunities throughout the city is a catalyst for her work. Alicia's advocacy work stems from a lifelong passion for improving the environment, making educational programming accessible, and connecting communities with vital resources. To date, Alicia and Project Petals has directly improved the environments of over 50,000 New Yorkers. Alicia has worked on various media projects to amplify the voices of BIPOC communities. She also partners with companies on corporate social responsibility and sustainability. Alicia's work has been featured in media outlets, including ABC, NBC, New York Post, Reader's Digest, Mashable, Women's Health Magazine, and The Huffington Post.

Who can attend?

Open to the public and the campus community.

Registration is required.