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

In partnership with Stand Together Foundation, the Good Soil event will feature Timbaland, Hill Harper, KEM, Angela Yee, and Fortune 500 business leaders uniting by creating conversations and inspirations for Black business growth.

T.D. Jakes Enterprises, a social impact holding company, announces its launch of a national initiative, the Good Soil Movement, with its first entrepreneurship event ahead of the annual global summit. Taking place on May 3 in Orlando, Fla., a partnership with Stand Together Foundation has made the event possible. The day-long intensive happening ahead of T.D. Jakes’ noted International Leadership Summit 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.

“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 who are 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.”

Throughout the day, business leaders can learn and participate in keynote and breakout sessions. These will feature 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.

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.

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.

“Stand Together Foundation works alongside our partners to empower people to realize their full potential,” said Evan Feinberg, executive director of Stand Together Foundation

“Fueling increased entrepreneurship not only improves lives but inspires transformation of entire communities. We are proud to partner with T.D. Jakes Enterprises and the Good Soil Movement to lift up Black entrepreneurs across America.”

Grammy award-winning pianist, songwriter and record producer, Robert Glasper, will perform to close out the day.

Good Soil will be held at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center and is open to the public via ticketed registration at ThisIsILS.org/goodsoil.

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About the International Leadership Summit 

Founded by T.D. Jakes—real estate mogul, New York Times bestselling author, pioneering CEO and entrepreneur, global humanitarian, devoted philanthropist, senior pastor of The Potter’s House—the International Leadership Summit is an annual transformative conference. Since 2011, the conference has cultivated aspiring and tenured entrepreneurs and leaders with the tools to become successful in for-profit and not-for-profit industries.

About T.D. Jakes Enterprises

Part of the T.D. Jakes Group, T.D. Jakes Enterprises is a social impact holding company. It holds an innovative portfolio steeped in content creation, cultural change, community development and capital investments. The mission is to create high impact content and opportunities that disrupt convention and culture. T.D. Jakes Enterprises includes work in television, film, books, mentorship, real estate, music and entrepreneurship. Visit https://tdjenterprises.com to learn more.

About Stand Together Foundation

Stand Together Foundation commits itself to breaking the cycle of poverty in American by driving change from within communities. We are building a community of social entrepreneurs who believe in people, work from the bottom up, and unite with anyone to do right. Since 2016, we have committed over $120 million and counting to fuel the innovation of nonprofits throughout the country to build stronger, safer communities where all people can learn, contribute, and realize their full potential. Our goal is to help nonprofit leaders maximize their impact to transform more lives out of poverty. Learn more at www.standtogetherfoundation.org.

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