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RISE into Tech Careers
May 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
All too often, Black and Brown entrepreneurs and young adults don’t see tech as a pathway to prosperity, success or wealth.
Comcast, together with their partners Hopeworks and small businesses supported by the Comcast RISE Program (comcastrise.com), are making dramatic investments to change that narrative.
Come learn about how Comcast leveraged its philanthropic investments in Hopeworks and RISE Recipients to create a virtuous cycle of amplifying returns. Through the Comcast RISE Program, Comcast not only made a strategic investment in Rise Recipients and other People of Color and Women Owned companies. Comcast then hired the young adults of Hopeworks to produce the Comcast RISE Map, an interactive digital map showcasing the investments that Comcast has made across the county.
This unique combination of direct investment in People of Color and Women-Owned businesses, sourcing using social impact vendors, and thoughtful deliberate work to generate access and opportunities for underrepresented founders and groups has the potential to change the narrative of who builds and keeps wealth in our country.
Come learn about this great project in Hopeworks’ new Kensington home and then join the Kensington Derby Arts Festival just blocks away!
Judelyne, the Owner and CEO of Beauty by Judelyne, a wellness spa located close to Clipper Magazine Stadium. Her journey in the beauty industry began in 2012 as a freelance makeup artist. In 2015, she graduated top of her class as a licensed esthetician, licensed cosmetologist, and master makeup artist, driven by her passion for promoting healthy skin and helping clients feel confident about themselves through her services.
One of Judelyne’s specialties is lash craftsmanship, and she is well-known for her exceptional skills in this area. However, what sets her apart is her generosity and kindness. Judelyne offers a no-charge program for cancer patients, providing all services free of charge. This program is a testament to her dedication to giving back to her community and helping those in need.
Judelyne is also committed to helping inner-city residents through her work with Advantage Lancaster, a program that offers various services to create successful life plans. Her commitment to making a positive impact on her community is inspiring.
When she is not working, Judelyne spends time with her partner and five amazing kids. Her hardworking and compassionate nature shines through both in her family life and her business.
Lauren Blevins has worked in several roles across the company since joining Effectv’s (Formerly Comcast Spotlight) Advertising Operations department in 2009. This includes a 2021 transition to Effectv’s Marketing department and as of January 2023, the Impact & Inclusion – Cable DE&I Strategy team at Comcast HQ. In her current role as Manager of Strategic Marketing Projects, she is responsible for the integration and adoption of Effectv Media, Advertising services, grant distribution and other resources tied to the DE&I Customer Pillar. This includes but is not limited to managing a team of seven specialists and working with counterparts in the larger Impact & Inclusion, Effectv and Comcast Business HQ teams to develop and measure KPI’s, understand issues, resource requirements and performance gaps in support of the Comcast RISE program.
Originally from New Jersey, Lauren relocated to the Philadelphia area to attend Temple University where she obtained her Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing. She later received her Masters of Business Administration in Business Management from Amberton University.
Lauren is also a member of Effectv’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board council – meeting regularly with senior leaders to develop the strategy and road map for promoting and advancing inclusion and representation throughout the organization. Additionally, as part of Effectv’s Ally Network – Lauren works to advance the employee experience through minimizing bias, increasing inclusion, and advancing equity.
An active member of The WICT Network since 2012, Lauren has attended and volunteered at many events prior to joining the board in 2017 as Membership Director. She has also held roles as Sponsorship Director, DE&I Director and in her latest role serves as Executive Programming Chair. Outside of The WICT Network, Lauren is an active Comcast ERG member, Chapter Leader of the Black Employee Network NY ERG, is on the National Advisory Council of Comcast’s Women’s Network ERG and also serves on the board of The Wardrobe (Formerly Career Wardrobe) and the Center For Millennial Engagement (CME).
Currently residing in Philadelphia, in her spare time Lauren enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family
Tim Mealey, GIS Intern, Hopeworks: Tim was instrumental in the development and build of the RISE Map.
Tim comes to Hopeworks with experience in administration, research, collections, customer service, and social media management for the Law Offices of Joshua A. Benjamin.
He has also done volunteer for the New Jersey VITA tax program, Curriculum building work for the Vocational School Respond Inc., and helped plan charity events for St. Judes and Autism Speaks with my Fraternity.
A lifelong resident of Camden Tim is proud of his early schooling at St. Peters and Camden Catholic to my fruitful time at Rutgers Camden. He looks forward to using all the skills he’s acquired from all these experiences to help whatever organization he joins reach their full potential.