STARTING THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP JOURNEY
Aki C. Ashe holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration with a minor in Economics at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. His fashion career was catalyzed by his entrepreneurial spirit, which began to flourish at the early age of 15. Ashe would sell retail jeans with handcrafted designs made by him to his fellow classmates, for some extra bucks.
After that, he brushed up his skills by attending FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) in Manhattan, where he took courses on: fashion design, international business, importation, exportation, manufacturing, etc.
AKI WRITES A BOOK "THE POWER OF PERCEPTION" TO HELP STUDENTS
As a strong believer in the “dress for success” model, that started innocently at home, where his mother would encourage him to always leave a good impression by being: clean, pristine and well dressed, Ashe has made a business out of instructing and inspiring others to do the same, not only to triple their chances in the workplace, but at the very least be given a chance in a world that “judges a book by its cover”.
Ashe most recently published his first book on “dressing for success”. He takes you along his personal journey of building a life of success, where placing high standards for oneself and living up to those standards, becomes a solid foundation to pave one’s way in a competitive world. THE POWER OF PERCEPTION, How Dressing For Success Can Transform Your Life is now available for purchase on Paperback version and Kindle.
STARTS BROOKLYN UNITED TIES MENTORSHIP PROGRAM AND
PARTNERS WITH THE ROBERT J. MCGUIRE SCHOLARSHIP TO HELP STUDENTS
Ashe is an entrepreneur, author and mentor. In addition, he is partnered with the Robert J. McGuire Scholarship at St. Francis College, which was founded by Robert J. McGuire (Former NYPD Commissioner) and Fred & Judy Wilpon (New York Mets Owners). A scholarship that promotes diversity and unlocking the potential of underserved communities, by helping students who would not have an opportunity to go to college before. Ashe has helped diligently with Miguel Martinez-Saenz (President of St. Francis College) and Thomas Flood (Vice President of St. Francis College), along with their staff in order raise half a million dollars that will change the lives of 60 students, who are now given the opportunity to attend college. This Scholarship Fund will fund the neediest first generation students. Among these: the Police Athletics League, Cristo Rey New York H.S, Cristo Rey Brooklyn H.S., Harlem Village Academy, Truman H.S., and The Jackie Robinson Foundation.
FORMED BUSINESS ALLIANCES TO GET COLLEGE STUDENTS DISCOUNTS
A majority of college students income goes to paying college tuition, which it makes it extremely difficult for them to eat out or sometimes even get a haircut. Ashe decided to partner with cafes, restaurants, barbershops, salons, healthcare, and other businesses in the New York City Area to make more affordable prices for college students.
If you are a business in New York City and would like to offer discounts to our database of college students please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AKI HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO WORK WITH EXTRAORDINARY LEADERS
Karol Virginia Mason - President of John Jay College Of Criminal Justice
Karol Mason is the fifth president of John Jay College Of Criminal Justice, serving since August 2017. Formerly, she was Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Office of Justice Programs in the Obama Administration.
Mason worked on the 2008 Obama campaign on the finance committee raising money in Georgia. She joined the Obama administration’s Justice Department, serving as a deputy associate attorney general from April 2009 to February 2012. After a year back at Alston & Bird, Mason returned to the Justice Department as head of the Office of Justice Programs 2013-2017.
Karol named Aki a fierce leader in his time and a successful voice for students.(story)
Dr. Gerard Bryant, PHD - A Psychologist/Consultant
Mayor Bill de Blasio today appointed Gerard Bryant to the Board of Correction, where he will join eight other members who oversee the Department of Correction and advance reforms to improve the quality of life for inmates and employees.
Dr. Gerard W. Bryant is currently the Director of the Counseling Services Center at John Jay College. He began this position in August 2014 after working 22 years for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He started his career in Corrections at the United States Penitentiary (USP), Lewisburg, Pennsylvania as a Staff Psychologist and was subsequently promoted to Chief Psychologist at two institutions, Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC), Brooklyn, New York and USP Lewisburg.
Luciano Padilla III - Pastor of the World Harvest Community Center
Born into a Pastoral family, Luciano grew in an environment where Jesus was the center and focus of life and family. At the age of 12 he began recording and editing his father’s radio program and began serving in the audio technical areas of the church. At this young age, he heard the Word of the Lord come forth for the first time concerning his future plan for him to become a Pastor.