PANELISTS BIOs

 Session 1: Social Distancing & Social Media - Our Economic & Urban Future 

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Moderator

MARCIA ANDERSON

Classics Instructor

Marcia Anderson is a Doctoral student at the University of Florida Department of Classics. She has taught Latin and Greek at several universities and institutions throughout the state of Florida.

 

Marcia was presented the Kathleen Rankin Award as the Most Outstanding Graduate Student at the Florida State University Department of Classics. In 2008, the Miami Foundation selected Marcia to its Miami Fellows Initiative program, recognizing her as one of Miami’s future leaders; in 2009, the National Trust for Historic Preservation selected her as a 2009 Diversity Scholar. She is the former National Chair of Technology for The Links, Incorporated and is the current Vice President of the Greater Miami (FL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.

 

She has also served as a Board Member or Trustee of the following organizations: Dade Heritage Trust, History Miami Museum, South Florida Cares Mentoring, and the Miami Science Fiction Film Festival. She enjoys playing violin in her band, Tuesday Night Trio, and performing throughout town

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Panelist

EDWIN PHILOGENE

Entrepreneur in Residence, Excelon

Edwin Philogene is a veteran brand marketing and business development leader with a passion for the intersecting worlds of digital innovation, creative media and entrepreneurialism. Over the past 20 years, as an executive, entrepreneur and consultant, he's helped a variety of brands, startups and ad agencies, ranging from Tommy Hilfiger and AOL to eBay and BBDO, strategize around their next opportunities for growth, successfully launch and market new offerings, and deliver invaluable thought leadership. He's led go-to-market, customer acquisition and monetization efforts for several emerging technology movements, ranging from social media and satellite radio to mobile applications and personalization robotics, at companies including Tumblr, Sirius Satellite Radio (SiriusXM), Ericsson and Bond.

Edwin is a graduate of Cornell University and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a native of Brooklyn, New York.

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Panelist

ANDREW QUARRIE

Founder, Urbanism Summit

Andrew Quarrie is the CEO/Founder of the Urbanism Summit, a multidisciplinary event for cultivating a more people and planet centric mindset and approach towards urbanization. Over a decade as a multifaceted creative, his marketing consulting career involved projects spanning both regional companies throughout South Florida and multi-national brands. He now pours most of his energy into the Urbanism Summit, the Conscious Urbanism initiative (a fiscally sponsored project of The Center for Social Change), and hosting his widely distributed podcast “Urblandia” ( Focused on social impact entrepreneurship within the context of localization and urban development). Andrew is also a board member of The Fairchild Palms, supporting the environmental conservation initiatives of The Fairchild Challenge - a program of the world-renowned Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. He also supports the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens by being an active member of their Tech Advisory Committee. He is an appointed member of the WLRN Community Advisory Board (CAB). 

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Panelist

RAJ GOKAL

President, Save The Planet, Inc.

Product Developer, Consultant

Raj Gokal understands that the consumption of food is more than just satisfying hunger. What we choose to eat directly impacts our bodies, our minds, and our money. He invites you to transform your life starting by the way you think about food!

 

Many people know about the benefits of eating natural and organic food but are faced with the reality that healthy non-processed food can be expensive, and many simply cannot afford it. This leads to the consumption of inexpensive food which is often highly processed and loaded with fat, sodium, and sugar. What ultimately occurs is that people base their food choices on money instead of health. Unfortunately, when making these considerations, quantity takes precedence over quality. But it doesn't have to be that way! You should not have to sacrifice your health because of money.

 

Raj has created a solution to this problem − we have designed vacuum sealed food preservation containers that provide the best value for your money. The end result is that food is replaced less frequently, saving you a substantial amount of money. When considering it that way, the containers pay for themselves many times over!

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Panelist

ROGER HORNE

Co-founder & Executive Director, Urban GreenWorks

Roger Horne graduated from Cornell University and has Masters in Health Administration and Public Health from The Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has been an IFAS-certified Master Gardener, since 2011 and has served as the naturalist at the Green Urban Living Center (GULC) on Miami-Dade College’s North Campus. He is a member of the Consortium for a Healthier Miami-Dade, where he serves on two committees; and serves on the Board of the Urban Environmental League of Greater Miami.

He is currently the Executive Director of Urban GreenWorks, where he specializes in the public health impact of food insecurity on community, individual, environmental, and economic health. His work brings foodscapes, green spaces and other environmental education, health and wellness initiatives to youth and adults throughout south Florida. 

As part of his work with Urban GreenWorks (UGW), Roger has been the driving force behind their Community Food Security Initiative, bringing the first Urban Farm model to Liberty City, a USDA identified “food desert” and creating Hammocks in Da Hood - restoring the native ecoscape of neglected inner-city open spaces. His newest effort "pollinator pathways" looks to support ecosystem restoration throughout Miami-Dade.

He helped established the first Farmers Market in Liberty City & Opa locka, and his work with Miami’s Food Policy Council prompted him to spear-head efforts to establish City guidelines and permitting for community-owned markets, community gardens and urban agriculture.

Roger developed a major partnership with Habitat for Humanity, creating residential edible gardens in backyards throughout Liberty City. He has worked to create partnerships with Barry University & other local Universities to implement more research-based studies of UGW projects and their relevance to community, individual, and global health & wellness. He is currently working with Barry and other community partners to integrate the Whole Measures for Community Food Systems tools into his work with UGW, so that we (collaboratively) can "look beyond our specific missions and think in terms of the broadest possible picture for a healthy community". 

Prior to his current work in the field of community, public health, Roger worked as a healthcare administrator, consultant and project analyst for hospitals, community health centers, FL prison system, private physicians and health insurers. 

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Panelist

DAQUAN HALL

Brand Strategy Consultant, L(E)arner Market Group

For over 15 years, Daquan Hall helped business leaders improve their company processes, execute marketing campaigns,  build new divisions, bring products to new markets, bring in new technology and develop strategic partnerships.

His goal is to help change the lives of as many entrepreneurs, their families, and their employees as possible. He truly believes that everyone deserves an incredible life and his hope is that in some way he can be a part of making that happen for many entrepreneurs.

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Panelist

KENYATTA CONNAWAY

MSW, CEO of Stairways to Success, Inc.

Kenyatta was born and raised in Riviera Beach Florida. She obtained a bachelor’s of arts degree in sociology from Florida Atlantic university 2003 and a master’s degree in social work from Barry university in 2011. She has spent 16 years working in the social services and mental health field. She has spent the past 7 years as clinical director and a mental health therapist serving children with severe mental health disorders and serving families with children at risk of coming into licensed foster care. Through her experiences in working in the mental health and social work field, she identified a need in the community. In 2017, she created a vision, took committed action and founded the non-profit organization Stairways to Success, inc –stairways2success.org, which has a program called S.T.E.P, that provides transitional housing and supportive services to young adults who’ve aged out of foster care. The focus of Stairways to Success is to “Empower lives one step at a time.” In 2020, she founded Kenyatta Speaks, LLC which vision is “Planting seeds to transform lives: one conversation at a time. Kenyatta Speaks focuses on Emotional  Intelligence, Mindsets  and Personality  Styles.  She believes every individual has the ability and power to change their lives by realizing their worth and full potential.

“To plant seeds in the lives of all;

So that collectively we ignite inspiration in which others may grow.”

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Panelist

ART FRIEDRICH

CEO of Urban Oasis Project,

Owner of Greethumb Popcorn, LLC

Urban Oasis Project (UOP) has been working to make a food movement that is more accessible and affordable in Miami for the last 12 years by building gardens, running farmers markets, aggregating produce from numerous farms, running a mobile farmstand, hosting farm to table dinners, distributing Fruit and Veggie Prescription boxes and much more. 

Since the Covid 19 shut down of farmers markets in Miami, UOP created a virtual farmers market and have a preorder and drive through pickup model, as well as offering delivery.

We've also fundraised through those customers to fund a growing Food Justice Veggie Boxes distribution, and are feeding 80 families through that initiative.  UOP always double the value of SNAP benefits at markets, driving more SNAP dollars into the local farm economy and more fresh veggies into the kitchens of people who are most negatively impacted by food access and affordability. 

website: urbanoaissproject.org, IG: urban_oasis_project,

FB: https://www.facebook.com/groups/urbanoasisproject/

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Panelist

HERNAN GUERRERO APPLEWHITE

Urbanist, Father

Hernan is a Map Maker, Urban Planner focused on Community Development and Urban Designer. He has worked in community development from the non-profit, public and private sector over the last 20 years. He has worked on comprehensive community redevelopment issues such as food production, affordable housing, public engagement and community empowerment, community economic development, planning and design. He also teaches Urban Design Theory at FIU School of Architecture.

Email:geourbanconsulting@gmail.com | www.geo-urban.com | Instagram @geo.urbanist

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Panelist

KAREN CALLAGHAN

Professor of Sociology, Barry University

Karen Callaghan, a professor of sociology at Barry University, earned a BA from La Salle College, and the MA and Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. Karen teaches courses on sociology of race, class, and gender, sociology of violence, and community organizing. She has edited a collection of essays on women and beauty, and co-authored a book on the cultural politics of race, violence, and democracy, in addition to publishing several articles on the contemporary family, adolescence, social theory, symbolic violence and images of racial-ethnic identity, and the impacts of globalization.

Karen's current work focuses on community-based research and health projects, social inequalities, community ethics (personal & social responsibility), and the impact of fair trade on development. Karen Callaghan also serves as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Panelist

RAMCESS JEAN-LOUIS

Attorney & HR/Labor Relations Professional

Ramcess has over 20 years experience as a change agent delivering human capital solutions primarily in the media, tech and engineering arena. 

 

He is the Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and belonging at Verizon Media. He is responsible for strategic outreach, external relations, stakeholder engagement and philanthropic efforts related to Verizon Media’s global diversity & inclusion efforts. He works collaboratively across the enterprise, as well as with all senior leadership, to educate, engage and create momentum in relation to Verizon’s company-wide diversity & inclusion brand, reputation, and community engagement strategy. He represents Verizon Media’s multicultural and D&I efforts externally and upholds a culture where diversity & inclusion, corporate social responsibility, supplier diversity and community investment are valued and respected. 

 

He ensures that diversity is reflected in the workforce and in all business activities, including advertising and marketing, programming, purchasing of goods and services, deployment of services, and community-facing efforts.

 

Ramcess was the Director of Workforce Diversity and Inclusion at Comcast. He was responsible for developing and executing strategies that made Comcast more reflective of the communities served and drove diversity across all levels of the organization. He had responsibility over the Employee Resource Groups, the live National Employee Enrichment Series broadcast, National Partnerships, Outreach Programs, Military Hiring, Diversity Councils and Champions.

 

He has served as an ADA in the NYC District Attorney’s Office; Dir., AG Worldwide/Phenom, a NY based advertising and marketing consulting company that launched the New York Police Department and Con Edison diversity campaigns.

 

He spends his time outside work and family on a non-profit called Turning Points for Children which provides adoption and foster care services to children at risk.

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Panelist

NOE PERRIN

Financial Advisor / Investor

Noe obtained a master's degree in International Real Estate as well as a bachelor's degree in Finance from Florida International University . He has worked in a number of different real estate related roles, including starting a property management business in college, doing manual work for fix & flip deals, investing in property for his own account, and working with some of the biggest developers in Miami to structure investments and raise capital internationally.

Noe is the owner of Streetwise Advisors, a real estate and financial consulting firm dedicated to bringing sophisticated and straightforward analysis to those who need it most.

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Panelist

GRETCHEN SCHMIDT

Editor: Edible South Florida

As editor of Edible South Florida, Gretchen Schmidt oversees the content for the quarterly magazine, website and social media.

Quote:

"What we grow in South Florida – especially our tropical fruits – is really worth celebrating."

Contact: gretchen@ediblesouthflorida.com;

Website: ediblesouthflorida.com

Twitter: @EdibleSoFla

IG: @ediblesofla FB: Edible South Florida

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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