Check out Playworks’ Coach D on One Bead’s Local Leader Spotlight Series

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“Be curious, be a forever learner, and always remember to look for ways to make sure everyone around you is successful too.”

Senior Program Manager, Dana Harris, recently participated in the Local Leader Spotlight series through One Bead, a nonprofit organization focused on bringing entrepreneurial programming to students across Boston. 

The series is designed to catalyze conversations about equity, leadership, and identity in schools. Each interview features a BIPOC speaker who is an entrepreneur, leader, and/or innovator in the community. During the interviews, a student co-host asks speakers to explain what they do, why they do it, and how their work is evolving in response to current events. 

Sharing his reflections on the connection between sports and leadership, Coach D highlighted how Playworks’ core values of respect and inclusion show up in his work each day.  In honor of Coach D’s participation, One Bead plans to purchase copies of Little Big Dreamers by Lex Mongo for participating students through the For T.J. Foundation

Check out the interview below!

About One Bead

For nearly a decade, One Bead has provided high-impact entrepreneurial programming to students across Boston—programming that makes students feel exceptional because it is exceptional. Entrepreneurship, like leadership, implies power. Entrepreneurial programming provides students with access to that language of power by amplifying their beliefs, opinions, and ideas. Exceptional programming takes one step further, giving students the resources to transform their ideas into action.

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