I was formally educated in graphic design, yet always knew I wanted to design shoes. So I created my narrative. This led me to D'Wayne Edwards, founder of PENSOLE Footwear Academy. I attended and competed in several design competitions that garnered my name in the footwear industry as a World Sneaker Champion. Originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina I made a new home in Portland, Oregon to pursue my need to create product. In this pursuit I discovered the guiding principle in my life and design ethos: Constant Development.
As a creative consultant I aim to collaborate with other passion seekers in bringing their visions to life. I take every opportunity to cause Creative Disruption in my designs.
From the knowledge and experience I am constantly gaining I feel that it is my responsibility to help the next generation of designers. I have the privilege to work as a Designer of Special Projects for PENSOLE. Footwear Design Academy. Courageous Devotion allows me to lead programs for aspiring high school designers.
Josh “Jayo” Jackson is a 29 Year old up and coming comedian from Plainfield New Jersey. A small man with a huge dream can best be used to describe Joshua and the Brand of comedy he emulates. Josh Jackson brings a raw raunchy approach to the stage, drawing inspiration from some of the greats such as Martin Lawrence, Eddie Murphy, and Kat Williams. Josh has been doing comedy for 2 years strong and continues to fall in love with the art of making people laugh. He’s had the pleasure of performing at The Stress Factory, Gotham Comedy Club, and StandUp NY to name a few. Moving and reaching people with personal stories, and left field viewpoints Josh Jackson is one of the funniest young up and coming comedians around. When asked how he describes himself Josh explained, “I’m just a small man, in a small world, making people laugh every chance I get.”
(Uh • Kway • Us) Aquaus Kelley is a forward-thinking brand strategist, curator, and educator. As the Founder of A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group, he specializes in identifying talent and creating opportunities for brand development and social impact.
He has worked with companies and organizations such as Behind The Hustle, Cornerstone Agency, City Year Miami, and W Hotels.
Aquaus is extremely passionate about bridging the gap and building value between brands, communities, and culture. His ultimate mission is to use his influence to project positivity across the globe and invest in the collective future of society through the arts, education, entertainment, and leadership.
As a 15 year working professional based in Atlanta, GA and Los Angeles, CA, Donnie Leapheart has been the lead Editor on Feature Films, Documentaries, Reality Docu-series, Corporate Promos, Broadcast Television Shows and Movies for networks such as Showtime, VH1 and BET.
In addition to editing, he has also written and directed film, television shows and documentaries for broadcast and streaming. Most notably, the Osiris series about a Black immortal superhero.
Bub Luv is an artist hailing from Trenton, NJ
Founder of We Free Minds Israel Wilson was a creative frustrated by his limited resources. Now he helps create spaces where limits are non-existent and passions can be fully explored.