At our April event, Venture Connectors was pleased to welcome leading marketing strategist and entrepreneurial visionary Tawana Bain, who shared how she has pivoted in recent years to cultivate and streamline a diverse portfolio of partnerships and services. Bain traced her career path as an entrepreneur, starting with the launch of her project management and consulting firm, New Age Communications (NAC) in 2006, and how that decision led her to where she is today. She talked about her leadership style, how she builds teams and collaborations, and offered advice to other startups on taking their business to the next level.

Bain is CEO at TBAIN & Co. and founder of the Global Economic Diversity Development Initiative, a Black-founded and predominantly Black-led nonprofit focused on building economic wealth for the Black community. One of GEDDI’s most notable programs is the Derby Diversity & Business Summit program that launched in 2017. It is designed to drive innovative strategies to attract diverse consumers while bringing together best-in-class, diverse business leaders within the executive workforce and global supply chain.

In addition to her philanthropic and social justice work, Bain is the new owner of Today’s Woman Magazine, a regional publication that inspires and promotes women in the Louisville community with a circulation over 22,000. She is also owner of The Black Jockey’s Lounge, formerly known as Encore on 4th, a historic eatery in downtown Louisville that educates on the history of the Black jockey, and is known for serving as an intersection for various cultures to network, enjoy good food and shake a tail feather. Not only is she a force to be reckoned with on the entertainment scene, but she’s also the founder of one of Louisville’s hottest curated boutiques, AFM Threads, which offers trendy, chic and unique head-to-toe wear at locations in both Oxmoor and Mall St. Matthews.