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Ms. Jowan Smith
Author, CEO, & Commercial Model

It's More Than A Business, 

It's A Movement

 

ABOUT

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Jowan Smith is the Author of Zakari Goes to College & Grandma Hattie's Ice Cream. As with her businesses, she uses her personal experiences to tell a story.

Jowan has a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing. She worked in media for 15 years doing sales, public relations, voice overs, and event planning. She then went to work for Cuyahoga County for 5 years as an Caseworker. After becoming a finalist in the Accelerate competition she left her job to start Getting Our Babies to College 101. A year later she started her nonprofit 1,000 Ties for young men ages 10-17. Jowan also does commercial modeling & voice acting work for corporate training videos and commercials.

*Cleveland Leadership Center Accelerate Finalist 2017

*JumpStart Core City Impact Finalist 2018

*Urban League Growth Plan Pitch Competition Finalist

*2019 Future History Maker Z107.9 & 93.1 FM

*Emerging Philanthropist Honoree in

the Soul of Philanthropy Cleveland

*NCNW Trailblazer Honoree 2019

*2020 Cleveland Public Library Drum Major for Change 

*Phenomenal Woman Award 2020

*Cleveland Leadership Center Accelerate Winner 2020

*Cleveland Public Library Unsung Hero 2022

 

Keynote Speaking Engagements:

WGBH Ed Forum 2017

National Family & Community Engagement Conference 2018

City of Cleveland Mayor's Youth Summit (2017, 2018, & 2019)

President's Council Youth Summit 2018

CSU Teen Summit (2017, 2018, & 2019)

Warrensville Heights HBCU College Fair 2017

Great Lakes Black Authors Summit 2019

TRI C's Francis M Franklin Scholarship Luncheon Keynote 2022

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PUBLICATIONS

Get an autographed copy today or buy a set of books for your school or organization. 

20% of all sales will be donated to the 1,000 Ties organization.

We are so excited to announce that

Zakari Goes to College is now available at all Cleveland Public & Cuyahoga County Libraries

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SPEAKING

Jowan is a great Keynote Speaker
for all ages.
Choose from the curriculum
from the
1,000 Ties Etiquette
Program

or
Getting Our Babies to College 101.
She is also phenomenal
Motivational Speaker for
professional development.

 

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