Beautiful Ventures

Beautiful Ventures founded by Melinda Weekes-Laidlaw

Beautiful Ventures is a creative social enterprise that influences popular culture, disrupts anti-blackness, and elevates perceptions of Black humanity. BV envisions a world where the humanity of all Black people is presumed, affirmed and unchallenged. Through programs and services, they are building community, skill, power and wealth of Black story-driven creatives and their communities. The next Harlem Renaissance will be realized through the global ecosystem that Beautiful Ventures is cultivating. Find out more @BeautifulVentures

About the Founder

Melinda Weekes-Laidlow is a social change architect, master facilitator, ordained minister, and social entrepreneur. She is also the President of Weekes In Advance Enterprises, an organizational development firm offering consulting, facilitation, coaching, and professional development services in arts and culture, social innovation, racial equity, and collaborative leadership spaces. Previously, she was the Managing Director at Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation and Senior Consultant at the Interaction Institute for Social Change. One of her great loves is teaching. Melinda teaches at the intersections of racial justice, design thinking and collaborative leadership. In 2015, leading social impact fund Echoing Green named Melinda its first-ever Social Entrepreneur in Residence.

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