After three years of storytelling on the city’s vibrant community of social entrepreneurs, my final article is fittingly with Pres Adams, General Manager of Communitas America and Co-Founder of Impact Hub Baltimore. Pres previously served as Impact Hub’s Director of Operations, as well as my supervisor when I first joined the Hub through the Johns Hopkins Community Impact Internship Program. As the remaining core team looks inward this August to prepare for the fall, Pres shares lessons learned in his nearly decade-long run supporting social entrepreneurs.

In 2010, Pres Adams entered a post- housing crisis economy with a newly earned…


The VISION 2021 Series highlights how our members are shaping their future visions with key lessons from 2020. This conversation is with Joanna Bartholomew, who is the Founder and CEO of O’Hara Development Partners. We discuss how transformative real estate can be a tool for building intergenerational wealth, as well as the importance of educational resources for people to invest in and heal their own communities.

A young Joanna Bartholomew watched her father make his morning tea with raised eyebrows. She looked on as the teabag rose to the cup’s rim. …


The VISION 2021 Series highlights how our members are shaping their future visions with key lessons from 2020. This conversation is with Rasheeah Burrell, who is the Founder and CEO of Become a Boss Babe University (BBBE). We discuss how the uncertainty brought about by COVID-19 compared to the 2008 financial crises, and how BBBE has leveled up through both periods.

At five years old, Rasheeah Burrell fell in love with the hair salon. She loved everything from the makeovers she witnessed down to the aroma in the space.

She once wondered why her mom didn’t do her hair. However…


The VISION 2021 Series highlights how our members are shaping their future visions with key lessons from 2020. This conversation is with Nancy Lord Lewin, who is the founder and CEO of Asana Consulting. We discuss how the pandemic helped Nancy crystallize her priorities and how her team co-creates a nurturing work culture that centers well-being.

Having previously worked in places that left a lot to be desired when it came to gender equity, work-life balance, and wellbeing, Nancy started Asana Consulting to continue doing the work she loved while re-centering wellness and family. Launched in 2014, Asana Consulting is…


Mount Royal Soap Company is a Baltimore-based manufacturer of natural skincare products and a member of Made In Baltimore (MIB), “a strong community of manufacturers, retailers and maker spaces working together to create and promote locally-made products.” MIB is also a partner of Impact Hub Baltimore. Together, we detail Mount Royal Soap Company’s rapid growth and efforts to support frontliners last year, and how more intentional collaborations between Baltimore’s anchor institutions and small businesses can lead to a stronger local economy beyond a global pandemic.

It’s been a year since Mount Royal Soap Companys three-person team first reimagined their 500…


Last Thursday, Baltimore celebrated as TT the Artist’s Dark City Beneath the Beat launched on Netflix. The documentary “captures the irrepressible bounce and infectious beats of a Baltimore club scene that demands to be seen and heard.” I recently spoke with Olu Butterfly Woods, long-time cultural curator in the city and Program Director of DewMore Baltimore to reflect on her life’s work, the art scene’s evolution, and what she hopes viewers will take away from the movie.

As the daughter of a dancer and jazz musician, one might say that Olu Butterfly Woods was destined for a life in the…


The VISION 2021 Series highlights how our members are shaping their future visions with key lessons from 2020. Part Two shares conversation highlights with Brendan Schreiber, who is the President and Founder of Schreiber Brothers Development. We discuss entrepreneurial burnout, as well as the importance of community for sustaining individual wellbeing, and how it is informing the North Avenue Zero-Energy Workforce Housing project.

Brendan Schreiber hit a point of deep burnout last year. Around Thanksgiving, he started to feel that he could not sustain the weight of his work commitments and financial pressures, on top of heightened personal obligations as…


The VISION 2021 Series highlights how our members are shaping their future visions with key lessons from 2020. Part One shares conversation highlights with Ajamu White, who is the Founder and Head of Storytelling + Impact with The Medicine Show. We reflect on changes in his world as a result of the pandemic and explore the question of how we continue to foster meaningful collaborations in an increasingly digital age.

In his final year as a student at the University of Virginia, Ajamu White spent many hours with the college’s athletic department. Ajamu’s participation wasn’t as a star athlete but…


I Am MENtality is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization missioned to develop the next generation’s leaders by offering educational and experimental opportunities. We first wrote about I Am MENtality as schools considered reopening plans last summer. This January, we reconnected to discuss their five year anniversary. I Am MENtality’s Executive Director, Darren Rogers, shared the rich story of their origins and journey, building trust with youth, the era of the recently-established Baltimore Legacy Builders Collective and more.

The year is 1988: Darren Rogers is 6 years old and attends William Paca Elementary School, which happens to be the closest playground to…


As part of Impact Hub Baltimore’s #RestFest2020, we’re sharing in-depth stories and thought leadership from visionary humans from within our network. Read more on how they promote wellbeing in Baltimore; their thinking on why giving ourselves permission to rest and recharge matters; as well as their go-to practices for grounding and self-care.

If you’ve ever met Q Ragsdale in-person or participated in any of his workshops, chances are it took less than five minutes for him to make his love for Star Trek known. …

Irene Bantigue

Events & Communications Manager at Impact Hub Baltimore.

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