Ms. Jowan Smith
Author, CEO, & Commercial Model
My Pain Point Became
My Mission, But Was
Always My Purpose!
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 a 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
*John Hay High School Hall of Fame Inductee 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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20% of all sales will be donated to the 1,000 Ties organization.
We are so excited to announce that
Zakari Goes to College & Grandma Hattie's Ice Cream is now available at all Cleveland Public & Cuyahoga County Libraries