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Entrepreneurs to Share Business Insights with Global Youth Audience
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 06:02
globalpanelCelebrity voice and speech coach Denise Woods, filmmaker/entrepreneur Samad Davis, and independent architect Francisca Munoz will contribute to Global Conversations an international youth panel sponsored by The Kid Entrepreneurs Need Opportunities (KENO) Foundation. The KENO Fund empowers young entrepreneurs to form successful businesses by arming them with business and financial literacy training and encouraging them to maintain a central focus on social responsibility. The American based non-profit also gives young people the opportunity to learn directly from non-conventional entrepreneurs like Woods.

The KENO Foundation is hosting the panel as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week a Kauffman Foundation program.

“The caliber of entertainers, athletes and politicians that have been trained by Denise Woods is impressive and inspiring,” said Adrienne Lance Lucas esident and Co-Founder of the KENO Micro-Fund.  “We are thrilled that she is able to share her valuable time to talk with our budding entrepreneurs.”

Woods will share with young aspiring entrepreneurs the importance of your personal brand and projecting a positive business image that will encourage adults to take young entrepreneurs seriously.

“I have long been an admirer of the work that The KENO Micro-Fund is doing with our youth,” said Woods.  “They have a great role model in their 12 year-old Co-Founder, Keno Lucas II.  These young people are outstanding and I’m looking forward to sharing with them during the Global Conversations Panel

“I also know that our young entrepreneurs will benefit from hearing Samad’s story,” said Lucas  “He has had the entrepreneurial drive his entire life.  I’m excited for our participants to learn that his success as a businessman and a creative artist is possible because he has been intentional about his pursuits.”

While the panelist will be virtually accessed, students will take part in the discussion from Frederick Douglass High School in Atlanta, Ga.  The high school has an innovative approach to introducing youth to entrepreneurship and is a perfect partner for The KENO Micro-Fund.

“The Douglass High School Community is so excited to partner with the Kid Entrepreneurs Need Opportunities Micro-Fund as we both work to expand the educational experiences of high school students in the areas of business and entrepreneurship,” said Douglass High School principal, Dr. Thomas Glanton.  “This is a natural fit with the goals and mission of our Business and Entrepreneurship Academy.  We know we are about to embark on something big.”

In addition to Global Conversations, The KENO Micro-Fund has planned a community service highway cleanup day, Billionaire Boot Camp and a business plan competition.   For more information, visit


About Denise Woods

Denise Woods, a graduate of The Juilliard School and a faculty member there for nearly a decade, currently teaches voice and speech at California Institute of the Arts. Denise Woods Studios is a state of the Art Voice and Speech studio in Hollywood, California.  In addition to politicians and athletes, Woods has personally trained the voices of Will Smith, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ray Liotta, Mike Myers, Queen Latifah, Porscia DeRossi, Rachel Weisz and Morris Chestnut among others.

About Samad Davis

Mr. Davis is one of the founding members of MAGNA World Partners located in New York and London. He has had an extensive entrepreneurial history in the restaurant franchise industry, real estate finance, acquisitions, development and management. His creative pursuits include producing an international talent search reality show in Ghana and Nigeria called The Spirited Actor, The Search for Africa’s Next Hollywood Star. The winner of the talent search competition is given a featured role in one of Davis’ Hollywood film projects staring actor Morris Chestnut.

About Francisca Munoz Mendez

Francisca Munoz Mendez is from Santiago, Chile.  She is an architect who started her own company publishing architectural magazines and books.  She publishes throughout Chile and internationally.  Her work has been recognized throughout Chile as innovative and inspiring.

The Michael Green Entrepreneurial Scholarship Supports Passion for Entrepreneurship in Students
Monday, 16 May 2011 20:02

pic-mikegreen-chyronATLANTA, GA
May 16, 2011 - Michael Green, the founder of The Michael Green Entrepreneurial Scholarship, is reintroducing the scholarship through the Kid Entrepreneurs Need Opportunities Micro-Fund (KENO Micro-Fund). The scholarship, still exclusive to three students in the Atlanta University Center (AUC), will provide $1,000 to dedicated entrepreneurial students to use for school purposes (i.e. tuition, books, fees) or towards the development of an entrepreneurial endeavor such as starting or maintaining a business. 

As a 2006 honors graduate of Morehouse College, Michael Green has pioneered his way as a young successful entrepreneur enlightening minds of all ages with his wisdom and passion for entrepreneurship.

“Entrepreneurship is the lifeblood of ownership, ownership is the backbone of power, and power is the dollar that makes change,” said Green about the fundamentals of an impresario lifestyle. “All of our candidates will demonstrate great potential in leading the next generation and shaping its views on the importance of entrepreneurship.”

“We are excited to partner with Michael on The Michael Green Entrepreneurial Scholarship,” said Adrienne Lance Lucas President and Co-Founder of The KENO Micro-Fund, “Michael’s dedication to not only growing a successful business, but using his resources to help other young people do the same is the mark of true leadership. The partnership announcement comes at a perfect time as we celebrate Youth Entrepreneurship Week.”

The scholarships are created largely through grass-roots fundraising within the KENO Micro-Fund. Candidates must be a registered student at Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, or Spelman College; any classification may apply. The requirements for the application process include:

  • A professional résumé
  • An unofficial transcript from either Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College or Spelman College (There will be one winning submission from each school)
  • A 500-word essay on the importance of entrepreneurship and giving back as it pertains to the empowerment of the African American community
  • A conceptual model of a business you are seeking to establish, or an endeavor you are planning to pursue
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