Nicole Kelner and Jordan Bowman Talk With Spud Marshall in Next “Navigating the Unknown” Webinar

The next installment of the Sullivan Foundation’s “Navigating the Unknown” webinar series features Nicole Kelner, the cofounder of a social enterprise that teaches coding to children, and Jordan Bowman, one of the founders of Pledge My Check, a unique website that encourages Americans to use their stimulus checks to do good in the world.

Hosted by Spud Marshall, the Sullivan Foundation’s director of student engagement, the webinar will be streamed on Instagram Live at 12 p.m. (ET), Wednesday, May 6. Here’s more information about the guests:

Nicole Kelner

Nicole Kelner, Coding Space
As co-founder and COO of Coding Space, Nicole Kelner is on a mission to use technology for good. Coding Space is an after-school and online coding program in which kids and students of all ages learn to code while developing critical thinking skills. The program has taught 2,500 kids in grades K-12 how to code, with classes ranging from beginner and advanced levels to GirlCode. Kelner also founded, a women-led personal development Slack community that has grown to more than 900 women and provides peer support to help members become their strongest selves.


Jordan Bowman

Jordan Bowman, Pledge My Check
Jordan Bowman, cofounder of Pledge My Check, is a senior at North Carolina State University and a past attendee of the Sullivan Foundation’s Ignite Retreats. He and his colleagues recently created the Pledge My Check website to encourage Americans in financially stable positions to donate all or part of their coronavirus stimulus checks to help other people in need. At present, the site has collected pledges totaling more than $130,000. Bowman also launched Journeymen Triangle, a mentoring organization that teaches emotional intelligence to middle- and high-school boys.

Related: Learn more about Pledge My Check here.

“Navigating the Unknown” Moves to Instagram Live With Alexis J. Taylor and Arshiya Kherani

The next installment of the Sullivan Foundation’s webinar series, “Navigating the Unknown,” features a pioneer in activewear for Muslim women and a passionate advocate for entrepreneurship who has been recognized by the U.S. State Department and the World Economic Forum.

In a change of venue, this webinar, which takes place at 12 p.m. (ET), Wednesday, April 8, will be streamed exclusively on Instagram Live. Arshiya Kherani of Sukoon Active and Alexis J. Taylor of the Global Entrepreneurship Network will join Spud Marshall, the Sullivan Foundation’s director of student engagement, for a discussion on the power of social entrepreneurship.

All webinars are recorded and can be viewed at any time at

Here’s more information about Wednesday’s guests:

Arshiya Kherani

Arshiya Kherani: The founder and CEO of Sukoon Active and a past facilitator and mentor at the Sullivan Foundation’s Ignite Retreat, Kherani designs activewear “for real women whose activewear needs aren’t being met by the current market.” Specifically, Sukoon Active offers activewear, including hijabs, for Muslim women who care about fitness and exercise. Although other brands offer hijabs designed for exercise, Sukoon is the only one founded by a Muslim woman. Launched with a Kickstarter campaign that raised $10,000 in its first nine days, Sukoon offers garments featuring sustainable, odor-blocking merino wool with eco-friendly mesh accents for maximum comfort and ventilation. As a social enterprise, Sukoon donates a percentage of its proceeds to the Zaatari Taekwondo Academy, a nonprofit in Jordan that teaches martial arts to Syrian refugee children. Kherani and her brand have been featured in Forbes, the Huffington Post and Allure, to name a few media outlets.

Alexis J. Taylor

Alexis J. Taylor: Taylor is director for global engagement at the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and a past Ignite Retreat facilitator and mentor. In her role with GEN, she advocates for ecosystem builders and “all those who empower the world’s doers, makers and dreamers,” according to the GEN website. The Global Entrepreneurship Network operates a platform of projects and programs in 170 countries aimed at making it easier for anyone, anywhere, to start and scale a business. Taylor is the former CEO of Austin, Texas-based 3 Day Startup, a global entrepreneurship education program, which she helped scale to more than 500 programs and expanded to Australia, Southern Africa and the Middle East. Taylor has been recognized by the U.S. State Department and the World Economic Forum as a leader in empowering people and communities through entrepreneurship.

“Navigating the Unknown”: Ajax Jackson, Tessa Zimmerman Discuss Social Innovation in the Age of the Coronavirus

Social innovators Tessa Zimmerman of ASSET Education and Ajax Jackson of Magnolia Yoga Studio will be the next guests on the Sullivan Foundation’s new live-streamed webinar series, “Navigating the Unknown.” Zimmerman and Jackson will speak with Spud Marshall, the Sullivan Foundation’s director of student engagement, from 5-6 p.m. (ET), Friday, March 27. The webinar will be hosted on Zoom and streamed on Facebook Live.

Details for joining the call can be found on the Sullivan Foundation’s Facebook Event Page.  You can join the Zoom call at at the appropriate time.

The Sullivan Foundation launched the “Navigating the Unknown” series in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The series addresses the challenges faced by social entrepreneurs, innovators and nonprofits as they guide their communities and clientele through the health crisis. Each call features two social entrepreneurs or innovators from the Sullivan Foundation’s Speakers Bureau, who share how they are responding to the pandemic in their communities and through their work. They also discuss the challenges they’ve faced and the challenges they’ve overcome as social innovators and changemakers.

photo of Tess Zimmerman, founder of ASSET Education

Tessa Zimmerman, founder of ASSET Education

Tessa Zimmerman, who suffered extreme anxiety in the classroom as a youth, founded ASSET Education in 2016. ASSET equips teachers with a curriculum of concrete tools to help their students reduce stress and build resilience. Composed of three modules—Mindfulness, Positive Psychology and Positive Self-Talk—the program ensures that all students walk away by the end of the academic year with at least one new stress-reducing tool that works for them.

Ajax Jackson (pictured at top) founded Magnolia Yoga Studio as New Orleans’ first black-owned yoga studio. The studio’s mission is to support growth, healing and empowerment through the art and science of hot yoga and community. Jackson works with her clients to develop and strengthen life skills such as courage, patience and intuition through yoga.

The first webinar in the “Navigating the Unknown” series was held on Wednesday, March 25. It featured Tony Weaver, Jr., founder of Weird Enough Productions, and Jasmine Babers, founder of Love Girls Magazine.

Featured entrepreneurs and schedules for upcoming webinars are listed below. Many of the guests were scheduled to speak or lead workshops at the Sullivan Foundation’s Spring 2020 Ignite Retreat—a twice-yearly event for college students with a passion for social entrepreneurship and community service—until the event had to be canceled due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus.

Through the “Navigating the Unknown” webinar series, college students, faculty/staff members and other members of the social enterprise sector will have the opportunity to connect with and learn from these leading social innovators. No previous affiliation with the Sullivan Foundation or its programming is required to view or participate in the call.

All webinars will be recorded and uploaded to the Sullivan Foundation’s website at for later reference.

Additional dates and speakers will be announced over the next few weeks, Marshall said. The schedule thus far is as follows:

Fri, March 27, from 5-6 p.m. ET
Tessa Zimmerman of ASSET 
Ajax Jackson of Magnolia Yoga

Wed, April 1, from 12-1 p.m. ET
Josh Nadzam of On the Move Art Studio
Abhinav Khanal of Bean Voyage

Fri, April 3, from 5-6 p.m. ET
Reagan Pugh of Assemble
Dustin Betz of Founders Institute