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It's More Than A Business, 

It's A Movement




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 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


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 Hts HBCU College Fair 2017

Great Lakes Black Authors Summit 2019



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

10% 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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Jowan is a great Keynote Speaker

for all ages.

Choose from the curriculum

from the

1,000 Ties Etiquette Program


Getting Our Babies to College 101.

She is also a phenomenal

Motivational Speaker for

professional development.