CELEBRATE | September 29, 2020

GEW Gwinnett County on Thriving During a Pandemic

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This year has brought on a number of changes in our business ecosystem. Many startups have had to adjust or pivot their entire business model to grow. As a result, GEW Gwinnett County's program will provide resources on how to thrive during a pandemic. The Gwinnett Global Entrepreneurship Week conference will be filled with inspiring speakers, experts and movie directors.

This conference will cater to the startup community looking for useful tips on how to be successful in the world of entrepreneurship. The Gwinnett GEW conference will be held online as a virtual event. We welcome all business gurus, women entrepreneurs, enthusiastic youth, and "teacher-preneurs" to participate in this incredible conference. The theme this year for GEW Gwinnett is “Thriving During a Pandemic.” The discussion will be focused on the latest survival tips and start up ideas for a rapidly changing climate. Their networking event and virtual roundtable discussion will give people the opportunity to speak with successful entrepreneurs and discuss the latest trends in the startup community.

Franchesca Thompson is the GEW Community Organizer for Gwinnett located in Snellville, Georgia. I am an educator and entrepreneur always seeking innovative ways to engage curiosity amongst my students and clients. I am currently working at South Gwinnett High School as the entrepreneurship teacher, and I run an educational resource company called Paper Birch. I recruited an incredible team of other educators and business advisors around metro Atlanta to support this year’s initiative.

We planned an event that would reach teens, college students, new and experienced entrepreneurs. This conference is designed for anyone to learn about business and innovation. Gwinnett GEW’s goal is to impact the lives of youth and give hope to all entrepreneurs looking for motivation. The planning team understands that throughout history, terrible events have led to great transformations. This virtual conference is all about positive transformation. GEW Gwinnett would like to inspire change, give hope and bring about a great experience, November 16-22, 2020. We want you to thrive!

A few of the guest speakers that week will be:

  • Marcus Collins, an award-winning marketer and cultural translator. His deep understanding of brand strategy and consumer behavior has helped him bridge the academic-practitioner gap for blue-chip brands and startups alike. He is a recipient of Advertising Age's 40 Under 40 award, Crain's Business' 40 Under 40 award and a recent inductee to the American Advertising Federation’s Hall of Achievement. @marctothec
  • Moziah Bridges, the 15-year-old CEO of Mo’s Bows, a handmade bow tie company out of Memphis, Tennessee. His handmade ties quickly made an impression on major networks. The young fashion mogul made rounds on the Steve Harvey show, Oprah magazine, Good Morning America and the Shark Tank. Mow’s Bows: https://mosbowsmemphis.com
  • Cheryl Houser, an award winning film producer for the company, Creative Breed. She co-produced the movie “Generation Start Up” and owns a full service production company. Her company is centered around empathy and storytelling to craft relatable, emotionally engaging stories. https://www.creativebreed.com/about-us
  • Mikal Brown, a marketing strategist and consultant. Brown is a highly organized and detail-oriented
    entrepreneur with a knack for transforming ideas into profit. For years, she has succeeded in guiding clients on the path to success and assisted them in making some of their most complex decisions in business. Her 15 year professional career and experience is attributed to working with Pfizer Inc., Bristol Myers Squibb and IBM. Brown has had the pleasure of working with celebrity entrepreneurs such as rapper YoYo, NBA players and former Mayor Kevin Johnson of Sacramento, CA. https://www.beyourbusiness.com


I am here to help you define your school brand. What is your "WHY"? 

My goal is to make sure you thrive!