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With Joshua Pierce (Founder/CEO, The Diversity Org).
Fri, Sep 30 @ 01:00 PM   FREE   Leslie eLab at NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, 16 Washington Place, Lean Launchpad

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NYU Entrepreneurial Institute is excited to present our Exploring Entrepreneurship Forum: Building Equitable Pathways to Entrepreneurship

About this event
About this event

NYU Entrepreneurial Institute is excited to present our Exploring Inclusive Entrepreneurship Forum: Building Equitable Pathways to Entrepreneurship for POC. This in-person event will focus on ways for underrepresented entrepreneurs to transform their passion & interest into a business idea, find the right teammate & discover resources available at NYU.

This Forum is intended to be interactive, dynamic, exploratory, & collaborative. Our goal is to increase the appetite for entrepreneurship & reduce the barriers that prevent underrepresented founders from embarking on their startup journey, & help participants identify their interests, skills, & strengths.

Snacks & Refreshments will be served. The forum will take place at the Leslie E-Lab at 16 Washington Place in the Lean Launchpad room.



Welcome & Introductions


Keynote Fireside Presentation with Joshua Pierce, Founder of The


From Idea to Impact- Articulating Your Business Idea

3:00- 3:30pm PM ET - SESSION

Starting Your startup While In School & the Blackstone Ideas Competition

3:30- 4:30pm PM ET - SESSION

Creating Strong Teams + ClosingTeam Hunt + Networking

4:30 PM ET- END

About our Keynote Speaker - Joshua Pierce

Joshua Pierce is an Artist, Founder & CEO of The Diversity Org.In high school, Joshua was a troubled student from a low-income family & had only a 1.7 GPA. Joshua got connected to a job at the television network, BET. He rose in ranks & became a media manager for BET. Joshua ended up leaving BET & went to a community college in NJ called CCM. He graduated from CCM & got accepted into New York University. At NYU, he established key mentors like John Sexton (former president of NYU). While at NYU he launched his organization, "The Diversity Org".

The Diversity Org is a global nonprofit that teaches low-income & minority students about how to obtain corporate & high-income careers. Diversity Org hosts exciting workshops where employees from large companies teach underrepresented students professional & social skills. The DO also helps companies acquire diverse & qualified interns & entry-level talent. Under Joshua's leadership, the companies they are currently in partnership with are Verizon, Kellogg's, Blackstone, J.P. Morgan Chase, AT&T, Peloton, Yahoo, Salesforce, NCSolutions, Nielsen, Warner Bros. Discovery (CNN, HBO, Cartoon Network, DC Comics), Ernst & Young, Paramount (MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon), HSBC, Alliance Bernstein, Capri Holdings (Versace, Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo) & more!

Joshua has built a diverse team of employees globally that use their talents to help empower, connect & uplift thousands of underserved youth globally.

As an artist/influencer, Joshua has garnered millions of views on social media & as a key influencer to some of the most powerful companies in the world, Joshua is championing diversity & paving the way for thousands of students from a variety of marginalized backgrounds.

The NYU Entrepreneurial Institute provides reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities. Requests for accommodations for events & services should be submitted at least two weeks before the date of the accommodation need. Please email for assistance.
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