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About Bridge back better

Building The Bridge Back Better: A Program Designed To Retain Talent In Black and Brown Communities

The Bridge Back Better initiative's (BBBi's) mission is to promote Black and Brown ownership through cross-pollination and opportunities for growth between successful Black and brown entrepreneurs that were trained at predominantly white institutions (PWIs) with Black and Brown Entrepreneurs from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Community Colleges. 

The BBBi will be a bridge back for the talented Black and Brown Entrepreneurs at Predominantly White Institutions who have experienced microaggressions, racism, and other forms of racial injustices during their college experience.

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THE CREATORS

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DONNELL LAYNE

 “BlaxGenius” aka Donnell P. Layne is still new to the Southern California region but he now calls it home.  As a leading-edge educator and technology executive, BlaxGenius took his talents to the west coast, after a personal tragedy, although was born and raised in Harlem, NY and is a lifelong New York Knicks fan which makes rooting for the Los Angeles Lakers gut wrenching for him.  

 

With a background in Information Technology, he completed his undergraduate work at Cornell University focusing on the African diaspora after being called a “nigga” while standing outside of his dorm freshman year.  Upon graduating and working in the industry for several years (section 8 caseworker, technical support representative, technical project manager) BlaxGenius chose to return to school and completed his engineering work, graduating summa cum laude, from Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University. He has been working in the computer and telecommunications field with experiences that span over two decades.

 

BlaxGenius says that he cares.  He is a Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer for Bridging The Gap, a non-profit organization, where he started the Nature, Technology and Tomorrow initiative dedicated to providing educational opportunities and experiential experiences in technology for underrepresented populations in Chicago, IL.   Now in California, BlaxGenius was fortunate enough to have the opportunity of leading the buildout of multi-million dollar laboratories with bleeding technology in service to Black and Brown populations teaching critical skills like the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, digital design, blockchain, biotechnology, and Augmented/virtual realities.  

 

If that wasn’t enough, BlaxG continues his work in Chicago as co-founder of the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce and Foundation, These two organizations are focused on innovation and increasing resources for small businesses located on the south side of Chicago, IL and beyond.  

 

BlaxGenius sees himself as a Seeker and is excited to continue to see where his SoulSurfing will take him.

 

Favorite Quote:

 

“The Universe is not outside of you.  Look inside of yourself; everything that you want, you already are.”  ~Rumi

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RACHAEL NICOLE TURNER

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Rachael Nicole Turner is a Brand Designer & Strategist with nine years of experience producing advertising for hundreds of businesses. Through website creation and design, business planning, and digital media strategy, Rachael helps leaders showcase their power in the business and philanthropic world.

The proud Founder and Creative Director of Rosemint Media, a brand growth agency established in 2013, she specializes in helping the brands of first-generation entrepreneurs evolve from a vision to a digital masterpiece. 

Rachael has produced custom campaigns for multi-million-dollar, directed the personal brand strategies of creative entrepreneurs and corporate executives.

 

Vision obsessed and design-savvy, Rachael envisions designs, campaigns, and strategies quickly in her mind and runs multiple variables before manifesting them in real-time. Her superpower is understanding the back and front end of platforms and systems and developing an aesthetic that embraces the brand. Her specialty is developing and cultivating brands of socially conscious entrepreneurs. She prides herself on creating clean designs with impactful details. 

 

Rachael is an independent and creative businesswoman with a solid reputation as a visionary in the industry of brand advertising, sales, media production, direct marketing, and professional development. 

 

In 2015, Rachael received the 40 Under 40 Young Women Professionals League Award and in 2017, she was honored by the organization as the inaugural Member of the Year. In Spring of 2021, Rachael was selected as one of the “50 Black Marketers on the Rise” by the African American Marketing Association. She also received the “Top 100 Marketing and Advertising Leaders” Award from MARSum. 

 

Rachael gives back to her community as the Director of Digital Platforms for the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce.

With Rachael’s guidance, her clients have cut production costs by forty percent, doubling their sales conversion rates, tripling their ability to attract ideal client leads, expanding their influential reach, earning respect in their industries. Her plan is to start a non for profit, training and equipping marketing professionals to become powerhouses.

Rachael hails from the south suburbs of Chicago. When she’s not creating bold brands for super-star clients, she’s relishing on weekend mornings and making pancakes for her sweet daughter, Kristen Rose.

Favorite Quote:

"Sometimes you just have to jump out the window and grow wings on the way down." 

-Ray Bradbury

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​​TwinFlame Ventures (TFV) is a 1980’s inspired California lifestyle brand dedicated to raising human consciousness, and fostering global harmony through individual transformation. Our aim is to unite a tribe of passionate individuals who want to inspire the world.

 

Through the exploration of the ancient science of yoga in all its depth and dimensions.  TFV offers a variety of programs that provide methods for anyone to attain physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Its offerings allow participants to deepen their experience of life, and reach their ultimate potential.

 

We are a brand that believes in the quality of the lived experience.    We celebrate a time when music, surfing, and a love for community shaped our culture. Our mission is to create quality lived experiences and keep this energy alive.

“Keep Surfing”

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Rosemint Media is a brand growth agency.  We cultivate business evolution for thought leaders through expert marketing strategy, multimedia content, and powerful digital experiences. We elevate brands and develop visuals and strategies that connect with your audience and grow your bottom line. From seed to harvest, we prepare, protect and preserve the sincerity of your brand.

We strategize and plan your brand’s transformation and help with execution.

 

How We Stand Out: Rosebud to Rose

We’re a black woman-owned business. With over a decade of experience, we’ve helped 100s of trailblazing thought leaders like you, elevating their brands. We understand your needs. We consider your brand and marketing on multiple levels. We combine your vision, the consumer’s experience, and what makes your business stand out. We create custom, premium marketing strategies based on these three entities. All services are crafted carefully for each client, individually.