Organization: Great Parks
In light of Black History Month, Great Parks is hosting an opportunity to connect with local black visionaries who are leading the way in sustainability and environmentalism. The Black History Month Celebration, on Saturday, February 27, 2021, from 6–8 p.m., will offer a virtual format chat allowing speakers to discuss their work, the challenges they face and what inspires them.
Simone Bess – Meet Simone Bess, a local educator focused on STEM programs and currently the Principal of Southwest Ohio Preparatory School. In 2011, Simone was honored with Cincinnati Museum Center “Difference Maker Award” for her work improving children’s lives in our community.
Sarah Kent – Meet Sarah Kent, Outreach Manager for Great Parks Nature Center at The Summit in Roselawn. Sarah teaches classes on nature education through community outreach, ranging from astronomy to local geology and native animals. She earned her Bachelor’s in Biology at Mount Saint Joseph University with a minor in art. Sarah Kent is the youngest BIPOC woman to be a manager at Great Parks of Hamilton County and her goal is to connect people to nature.
Brandon Reynolds – Meet Cincinnati beekeeper Brandon Reynolds. After working in advertising, he apprenticed and was an independent consultant with Carriage House Farm, Green City Resources, OCD Cakes and Sustainable Sights Landscaping. In 2018, Brandon turned his hobby into his own business, B the Keeper. B the Keeper works with local businesses and landowners to install pollinator habitats in urban areas.
Joi M. Sears – Meet Joi M. Sear, a Creativity + Innovation Instructor, creative strategist and social entrepreneur. She is the founder and creative director of Free People International, a social enterprise specializing in designing sustainable products, creative platforms and innovative experiences for the greater social good. Joi earned a Master’s degree from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in arts and social innovation. Her professional experience spans five continents and a variety of fields.
The Black History Month Celebration is free. An event link will be provided upon registration at https://www.greatparks.org/calendar/special-events/black-history-month-celebration. The deadline to register is February 25.