T.D. Jakes Enterprises Starts National Movement to Spur Black Entrepreneurship


( ENSPIRE Community Spotlight ) T.D. Jakes Enterprises Launches Inaugural Business Accelerator Event ‘Good Soil’  Kicksoff in Orlando, May 3 Ahead of Annual Global Summit 

ENSPIRE Contributor: Wesley Tran

Part of the T.D. Jakes Group, T.D. Jakes Enterprises, a social impact holding company that has an innovative portfolio steeped in content creation, cultural change, community development, and capital investments, announces the national initiative Good Soil Movement, with its first entrepreneurship event ahead of the annual global summit. The event will be hosted on May 3 at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center in Orlando, Florida, and is made possible through a partnership with Stand Together Foundation. The day-long intensive will serve as a platform and clearing house for business leaders, influencers, and would-be entrepreneurs to inspire and proliferate opportunities for scaled black entrepreneurs and small businesses in diverse communities.

The event will happen before T.D. Jakes noted International Leadership Summit, an annual transformative conference cultivating aspiring and tenured entrepreneurs and leaders since 2011. Throughout the day, business leaders will learn and participate in keynote and breakout sessions featuring conversations on strategic partnerships, access to capital, marketing and advertising, franchising, real estate, and more. The Good Soil Movement will be a “Seed” Capital Fast Pitch competition in which BIPOC entrepreneurs will pitch for the opportunity to receive grant funding to scale, grow and impact their businesses.

“We see Good Soil as a movement to cultivate the next generation of business leaders,” said Michael Phillips, chief operations officer of T. D. Jakes Enterprises. “This convening brings together culture shifters committed to connecting ideas to actions in our communities. Good Soil is more than inspiration–it’s taking action to impact, grow, and scale minority-owned businesses through a supportive ecosystem that will drive financial inclusion and achieve generational wealth building for our communities.”

Longtime entrepreneur, businessman, and global faith leader, T. D. Jakes will deliver the keynote address on his vision for helping businesses achieve financial success. Actor and author Hill Harper will serve as the event emcee with singer/songwriter KEM opening the day with a performance. Grammy award-winning pianist, songwriter, and record producer, Robert Glasper, will perform to close out the day.

Featured panelists in fireside chats and breakout sessions include:

  • Angela Yee, media personality
  • Timbaland, singer/songwriter/producer
  • Enitan Bereola, FLOURYSH
  • Dr. Marcus Collins, Wieden + Kennedy
  • Maya Hicks, Target
  • Danielle O’Bannon, Goldman Sachs
  • Ambassador Ron Kirk, Former United States Trade Representative
  • Danyel Surrency Jones, Amazon Black Business Accelerator
  • Detavio Samuels, REVOLT
  • Sharde Marchewski, Wayfair

The Good Soil event marks the launch of the Good Soil Movement, an ongoing program to catalyze and support diverse business owners via a free, private app and a year-round schedule of live and virtual events to provide tools, resources, and thought leaders. Within the next decade, Good Soil seeks to launch and nurture a million diverse entrepreneurs. This movement is just one of the many achievements of T. D. Jakes Enterprises gained on its mission to create high-impact content and opportunities that disrupt convention and culture through work in television, film, books, mentorship, real estate, music, and entrepreneurship.

To learn more about or to register for the Good Soil Event, click here. To learn more about T. D. Jakes Enterprises, be sure to check out their website and Instagram. To learn more about the Stand Together Foundation, click here!

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