KNOWNpreneurs Growth Lab - Cohort III - Mentors

KNOWNpreneurs will have access to two hour-long mentorship sessions per month for the duration of the KNOWNpreneurs Growth Lab program. Mentorship sessions will take place either in-person or virtually.

Jesse Phillips

Jesse Phillips

Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce

Jesse Phillips has 20 years of experience working with statewide advocacy organizations, nonprofits, city administration and electoral politics on the local and state level.  Jesse is currently the Coordinator of Inclusive Growth for the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce in this capacity he coordinates technical assistance support and build partnerships between BIPOC, Minority, Women & LGBTQ++ owned businesses and corporations with majority-owned businesses around mentorship and procurement opportunities. Jesse worked previously with organizations such as the Greater New Haven NAACP, Urban League of Southern CT, Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now and Faithact for Education.

Erik Johnson

Bio Coming Soon

Ron Coleman of New Haven Counts

Ronald Coleman

New Haven Counts

Ronald Coleman Jr. graduated from The Foote School in 2004 before attending Choate Rosemary Hall. He went on to receive his bachelor's degree from Tufts University where he was the captain of the soccer team during fall 2010. He returned to New Haven as a Teach for America corps member in 2011 and taught middle school mathematics and coached basketball at Roberto Clemente Leadership Academy. Ron received his master's degree from Southern Connecticut State University while serving as the Director of New Haven Program at Teach for America Connecticut. He currently leads the Grow Your Own effort for the Texas Education Agency and is excited to scale the impact of New Haven Counts, a nonprofit he founded with fellow teachers in 2018 focused on math proficiency, financial literacy and youth development.

Yusuf Ransome

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Dawn Johnson

Bio Coming Soon

Giulia Gambale

Giulia Gambale

Giulia Gambale (with Agents of Branding partner Mason Rabinowitz) helps small businesses and non-profits develop their brand and communications. Since 2010, she has co-facilitated Digital Media Sync, a weekly free learning networking event for small businesses, entrepreneurs and non-profits. In the past year, Giulia has live-streamed and archived over 60 episodes through KNOWNlive and is currently a KNOWNpreneur Team Leader and Instructor.  Through the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, Giulia developed and ran workshops and served as keynote speaker for the 2019 Great Give kickoff.  She continues to serve as an expert instructor for TechXel Stamford at the Ferguson Library. Giulia is excited to be able to share her expertise with the NHFPL as the 2021-2022 Entrepreneur-In-Residence.

Jim Nicholas

James Nicholas

Global Business Resources USA LLC

Mr. James C. Nicholas, co-founder and Executive Partner of Global Business Resources USA LLC (GBR), and president of Nickle Associates brings a history of more than forty-five years of international accomplishment. He has lectured and spoken to business groups domestically and internationally. He has an MBA in 1972 from the Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Business Administration from Morgan State University

Mr. Nicholas is well traveled internationally. He grew and managed successfully a $30 million export business, negotiated joint ventures in Asia and South America, initiated technology transfer programs in Japan and Ecuador, initiated a program for the development of a packaging system in China in 1978, and developed and implemented a strategy, which opened markets in 38 countries. He was also the African Diaspora Marketplace (ADM II) Consultant for the Constituency for Africa and has been instrumental in developing a strategic approach for the development of utility and off-grid solar power opportunities in Nigeria, Cameroon, and Malawi. As the Executive Director of the Connecticut World Trade Association, he developed and implemented Connecticut’s Africa Trade Initiative to facilitate global development for Connecticut companies. Provided technical assistance to small and medium-size companies to facilitate capital access.

  • The 2003 CT World Trade Assoc. “Todd Ouida World Trade Award” recipient and included in the 2003 World Trade Centers Association Book of Honor.
  • Appointed to CT's Task Force Concerning the Needs of Importing and Exporting Businesses in CT
  • Designated as CT's international resource for the White House Conference on Small Business.
  • Led the CT delegation to the National Summit on Africa
  • Contributor to the print, digital, and over the air media