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Alumnae Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur is one of those sexy French words that has more to do with patience and perseverance than enterprise and business. Entrepreneurs are the backbone of the American economic landscape and women play a major role in that picture.

According to the 2013 State of Women-Owned Business Report by American Express Open, there are more than 8.6 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. that collectively generate more than $1.3 trillion in revenues to the economy. In that mix includes Spelman alumnae who generate annual revenues up to $6 million. Read about some of our Spelman sisters who are part of the fabric that nourishes the American economy.

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Our Entrepreneurs

  • NSF Funds AUC Initiative to Promote Tech Entrepreneurship

    Innovation Corps at Spelman
    February 2017

    The National Science Foundation has awarded a $30,000 grant to launch an Innovation Corps site in the Atlanta University Center to boost inclusive entrepreneurship in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

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  • Keshia Knight Pulliam Receives the Spirit of the League Champion Award

    keshiaknightpulliam
    June 2016

    Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, C'2001, received the Urban League of Greater Atlanta’s 2016 Spirit of the League Champion Award for her work as an advocate for underserved communities.

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  • Chelsea Jackson Roberts, Ph.D., C’2001, Diversifies the World of Yoga

    Spelman Alumna Chelsea Jackson Roberts Takes Yoga to New Heights
    May 2016

    Alumna Chelsea Jackson Roberts, Ph.D., C'2001, is changing the face of yoga one girl at a time. Roberts, the founder of chelsealovesyoga.com, a platform for discussion on yoga, race and diversity, was featured in the Elle magazine article, "Do We Need Yoga Classes Dedicated to Women of Color?," where she shared her thoughts about the importance of making yoga available and attractive to diverse groups of people.

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  • Cristen Mills Uses Heart of Cool to Spur a Cultural Movement

    Spelman Alumna Cristen Mills
    May 2016

    Creative visionary and social entrepreneur Cristen M. Mills, C'2005, is an experienced and ambitious businesswoman with a background in advertising, branding and entertainment. At Spelman, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, studied abroad and attended the London School of Economics and Political Science as well as the University of Southern California, Annenberg School For Communication where she earned a double Master of Arts degree in global media and global communications.

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  • Andrea Irvin, C’2003, Named White House ACA Champion of Change

    Andrea Irvin
    April 2016

    Andrea Irvin, manager of community service in the Bonner Office of Community Service and Student Development, was honored at the White House on March 25, 2016, as a Champion of Change for the Affordable Care Act. Irvin was recognized for engaging Spelman students in healthcare enrollment in the Atlanta community.

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