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Fall 2021

Entre News

In this continuing series of video conversations, NFTE president Dr. J.D. LaRock meets with students, alumni, educators, and industry leaders to discuss different facets of the entrepreneurial journey – from the classroom to the corner office.
New episodes will debut this fall and most are “snack-sized” so a conversation can be enjoyed in 20 minutes or less.
In the first episode of Entre News, Dr. J.D. LaRock interviews Jose Rodriguez, the winner of NFTE’s 2020 National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge and the founder and CEO of Tasium, a company that develops specialized clothing for people on the autism spectrum.

In the second episode of Entre News, Dr. J.D. LaRock speaks with Markette Williams, a NFTE Master Educator and Math Department Head at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore.

In the third episode of Entre News, Dr. J.D. LaRock catches up with NFTE alumnus Gabriel Rondon, who continues to build his NFTE business while attending Florida International University and interning at Al-Farooq Corporation in Miami


In the fourth episode of Entre News, Dr. J.D. LaRock J.D. LaRock speaks with NFTE alumna Mary Blackford, a champion for Black-owned businesses, a winner of the Essence Build Your Legacy award, and the Founder of Market Seven in Washington, D.C.

In this episode of Entre News, Dr. J.D. LaRock J.D. LaRock speaks with Selena Cuffe, president of SodexoMAGIC, a joint-venture between Magic Johnson Enterprises and Sodexo, Inc. Selena is an entrepreneur best known for co-founding Heritage Link Brands, LLC, the largest global importer of black produced wine, and was named Black Enterprise Magazine’s “BE Next” Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009.

In this episode, Dr. LaRock speaks with Ingrid Giordano, a director in Citi’s Human Resources division. Her work focuses on university relations, campus diversity, graduate recruitment, and talent management with an emphasis on developing emerging global leaders.

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