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  • Writer's pictureKenge Adams

Autumn 2021 Connect Business Consulting Newsletter

Updated: Aug 29, 2023

Welcome to our Autumn Newsletter!

As the seasons change, I find my own life has some changes that I am reflecting on this November. Many parents probably can relate. 2021 is the first time my son and daughter are “coming home for Thanksgiving” from their new locations in Atlanta, Georgia, and New York City. In 2020, my son attended his freshman college year remotely due to Covid-19 and lived at home, and my daughter was busy working just down the highway in Chicago. But things have changed. In October of 2021, I attended Maxwell’s Homecoming as a Sophomore at Morehouse College in Atlanta and helped my daughter move to New York City for her new job! Their first Thanksgiving flights are booked and we are all getting used to “long-distance.” I’m happy for my kids! Along with family changes, my business has some new beginnings of its own. For instance, I just booked my first artist, Jacob Latimore for the STEAM & Dream City MKE Summit. In addition, I sponsored my first event, the Entrepreneur in You conference. Also, I opened an office on Martin Luther King Drive, with the African-American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin as my neighbor. See below for more details!



I'm thrilled with the turnout and the takeaways for youth ages 12-17 at Saturday's first-ever Dream City MKE Summit! At the summit, students learned ways they can have an impact. It's never too early to start! Summit topics were: Mindfulness and Wellness, Technology for Good, Entrepreneurship, and Art. Learn new perspectives! The free summit featured a virtual appearance and chat with Jacob Latimore, the actor, and singer from Milwaukee. How cool is that? For Jacob’s appearance, I took on the role of booking the artist, arranging the financing, and completing the contract. I’m looking forward to continuing this role with national events in 2022!



So proud to have helped sponsor my first event, the Entrepreneur in You (EIY) 2021 conference in October. As an entrepreneur myself, this progress for my business carried special meaning for me. EIY 2021 offered leadership and business training from a select group of executives and leaders. I'm here with the EIY Founder Celeste Cuffie (right) and my good friend Janie Martin (Left).



Join us in this regional initiative to teach an hour of tech to local students during Computer Science Week Dec. 6-12. You don’t have to know how to code to take part. Tech is embedded in all of our key industries and has become a foundational skill to stay competitive in the future. Whether you want to volunteer as an individual, coordinate volunteers for your organization, host an event, or have your students participate – NOW IS THE TIME TO REGISTER. Event hosts should check out the planning guide and work with their teams to register their event. All event registrations are requested by Nov. 5, so we can adequately support your team and help promote your events.



There's nothing like seeing a student's eyes when they receive a new laptop and become a tech student. They're ready to go! In August, our STEAM & Dream crew kicked off our third Hip Hop Architecture Camp of the year. This was in Atlanta at Howard University, following camps in Washington, D.C., and Milwaukee. I helped hand out laptops and put the knowledge of urban planning, architecture, and design into young minds. Thanks to our sponsor American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact for this Atlanta video! Take a look behind the scenes at what STEAM & Dream offers to students in Hip Hop Architecture Camps. The goal is to introduce underrepresented youth to the STEAM curriculum with hip hop as the catalyst and connection. We make the camps fun, accessible and exciting because kids can relate to hip hop.

This photo is on Howard University’s campus in Atlanta and shows the historic location under the tree where my sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, was founded in 1908.



I love my office space! Watch the video of how my Martin Luther King Drive office building, the Legacy Coworking and Innovation Space, was renovated and launched to give Milwaukee entrepreneurs a place to grow. The "before" and "after" construction scenes are eye-opening! Ossie Kendrix, President and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, led the effort to create a coworking space for entrepreneurs. The units opened this year and the Chamber is one of my neighbors in the building.




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