Recap: Black in Social Impact Event

Editor's note: The Black in Social Impact Event received funding from the NYU Entrepreneurs Network Collaboration Fund. The Collaboration Fund provides grants to help promote entrepreneurship across NYU via cross-club collaboration. 

On Thursday, November 10th NYU Wagner’s Black Student Association hosted a Black in Social Impact Event sponsored by the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute's Collaboration Fund. Students from various campuses including, but not limited to, NYU Law, NYU Wagner, and NYU Tandon came together to hear from Black entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, philanthropists, and policymakers in social impact. The panelists were:

  1. Riana Lynn: Founder of JourneyFoods 
  2. Joshua Murphy: Founder and CEO of IdeasFWD 
  3. Del Johnson: Principal at Backstage Capital 
  4. Jeanique Riche-Druses : Vice President of Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan 


The event kicked off with a word from NYU Wagner’s BSA President and E-Lab’s own: Founder of KinNect, Thanisha Pariage, Esq. She discussed the importance of having the conversation around the pains and gains of being black and in the social impact space. She then introduced the event moderator, NYU student, and Leslie eLab's own: Founder of BLOC, Riley Jones.


The event was a huge success drawing over 40 students across NYU. The conversation was honest and rich, discussing a diverse set of issues. Topics ranged from the intersection of race and social impact to how to make waves in the private and public sector. Students left feeling encouraged and empowered with new relationships in store. We look forward to the student applications to the J-Term Startup Sprint, mentioned at the end of the event.