I publish these Year in Review posts, as an opportunity for me to look back and see all that I’ve been fortunate enough to accomplish. Building something is tough, and when it gets really tough, you have to find “sunny days” whenever you can to help you move forward. I’m not sure if 2014 was an inflection point, but it certainly was a year I’ll never forget. In 2015, I’m going to have to double-down my efforts to maintain the momentum. 2014 was also filled with a great deal of failures and missed opportunities, almost too many to name : ) Special thanks to my teammates who have made this possible. We worked hard in 2014, harder than I ever thought I could.
Brief Recap of 2014
We really made some moves this year with BLUE1647. We did the impossible. We created a sustainable organization that can grow and scale. We went from one burgeoning location to almost six planned for 2015. I can’t wait to see what happens and where we go with this.
Chicago International Social Change Film Festival
We pulled off our 3rd Annual Film Festival and it keeps getting better and better every year. Despite being stretched thin with BLUE1647, we put together a one of a kind festival. I expect even better things for 2015. We doubled our film submissions we received.
Innovation Award, awarded by the Chicago Inventors Organization
Innovator Award, awarded by the Chicago Urban League
Most Influential African Americans of Chicago, awarded by Chicago Peoples Voice,
40 Game Changers under the Age of 40, awarded by WVON, Verizon, and Ariel Mutual Funds
Heroes of Chicago, awarded by GoodCity Chicago
Circle of Centaurs, awarded by Remy Martin
Crains Tech 50, awarded by Crains Chicago Business
Impact Award, awarded by the Social Enterprise Alliance
Inspiring Chicagoans, awarded by Connect. Inspire. Grow
Humanitarian Award for Technical Arts, by Fashion and Arts Humanity Fete
Leadership Award, awarded by STARS Academy Engineering School
Certificate of Appreciation, awarded by the Haitian American Professional Network
Joined these Advisory Boards and Board of Directors
Executive Council, Ms. Tech
Board of Directors, Accion
Advisory Board, Chicago Inno
Press I/We Received
New Initiatives Launched
REEL Illinois, Illinois state Community College Film Competition
Jet Magazine weekly column, Upload
Amazing Events We Hosted
12-10-2014: “Redistricting reform and Latino political power in Illinois” panel, with Latino Policy Forum and Change Illin
10-23-24-2014: The 2nd Annual KaBOOM.org Playful City USA Leaders Summit brought together select Playful City USA teams that are at the vanguard of growing the playability movement.
09-13-2014: The Internship Accelerator Demo Day, sponsored by the State of Illinois, was the accelerated 6-week culmination of immersive learning, teamwork, and over 150 hours of coding for 90 students.
I had an opportunity to present/speak at over 37 events and panel discussions in 2014.