Join the Network of Entrepreneurial Women for an evening of learning and networking as we discuss social entrepreneurship in Kentucky, and the challenges that “transplant” entrepreneurs can face in our community. Grab a glass of wine or your favorite beverage and join us online at 6 pm!
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Mae Suramek is a reformed non-profit administrator turned social entrepreneur. She has worked as a human rights investigator, alumni director for her alma mater, and executive director of a regional rape crisis center. After 20 years managing non-profits, Mae opened a noodle shop on the main street of her small town of Berea, Kentucky, with the simple goal of “creating epic noodle bowls and changing the world.” Noodle Nirvana is committed to living wages, supporting local food providers, and significantly impacting the most pressing needs of the community. Now in its fourth year, the restaurant has raised over $120,000 for local causes and has consistently grown in sales. Along with their small batch, craft donut shop, Hole & Corner Donuts, Mae and her husband, Adam are also the only people crazy enough to open a new restaurant – Happy Jack’s World Sandwich Bar – in the midst of a pandemic. Mae has a B.A. in Psychology from Berea College and a master’s degree in Counseling from Eastern Kentucky University.
Lynnett Glass is a strategic consultant with over 20 years’ experience across multiple sectors. She joined the Louisville community by way of Atlanta, GA in 2018. Lynnett is currently serving as a Community Investment Specialist for the Louisville Coordinated Community Investment Project. In this role, she helps to increase community investment by facilitating strategic collaboration amongst various stakeholder groups with a particular focus on Louisville’s western neighborhoods. She also consults with Black entrepreneurs to secure technical and financial resources and to determine growth strategies. Prior to her move to Kentucky, Lynnett served as the Executive Director for the Paradise Community Development Corporation in Forest Park, GA. She founded the Clayton County Women’s STEM Initiative, a workforce development pilot that sought to equip single mothers with the professional and technical skills to pursue more lucrative careers in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Pilot partners included AT&T, Georgia Power, the Center for Disease Control, Emory University, Atlanta Technical College and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Before her immersion into nonprofit, Lynnett worked as a Communications and Production Specialist in the film and television industry, routinely contributing to projects for BET, PBS, Sony Pictures and Tyler Perry Studios. Lynnett holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Georgia State University, a Master of Divinity with a focus on Ethical Servant Leadership from Emory University (Candler School of Theology), and the Executive MBA from the Michael J Coles School of Business at Kennesaw State University. She is the very proud mother of a beautiful daughter who is now her favorite Georgia State University alumna.
Alex Page has been instrumental in researching and developing the Canopy Certified Program for Canopy Kentucky, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and growing businesses that improve the lives of people, our planet and the future. She is a University of Louisville graduate with a special interest in Business/Corporate Ethics and Social Responsibility.
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