We Came, We Camped, We Connected

On Saturday September 29th, 2018, Mastermind Connect successfully ran it’s most challenging and ambitious event to date; Camping to Connect at Governors Island. We worked for over a year to build this experience. The goals were to introduce New York City’s underserved teens to the benefits of camping, to disconnect them from distracting technology, and to help them bond with one another.

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The EleMENtal Project: Achieving Balance Event Recap

On Saturday September 1st, 2018, Mastermind Connect presented The EleMENtal Project: Achieving Balance, held at Brooklyn's new wellness space HealHaus. The panel was well curated: the producers selected a group that consisted of two activists, one holistic legal mind, a community driven business leader, and two conscious wellness providers.

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When Black Social Media’s Support Of Geoffrey Owens’ Job Becomes Hypocrisy And Irresponsible Overhype

Geoffrey Owens, who starred in the supporting role of the incidentally misogynistic Elvin Tibideaux on “The Cosby Show,” was photographed working at a Trader Joe’s as a cashier last week by a shopper who recognized the Yale-graduate actor. The shopper, Karma Lawrence, who is married to one of the store’s security guards, took the virally circulated photo of Owens ringing up groceries at his register and appeared on FOX News and The Daily Mail to talk about her allegedly innocent shock to see a well-known actor of a hugely successful TV show, from three decades ago, with an Ivy League education working at a grocery market.

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Healthy NYC Expo at Governors Island

Mastermind Connect and JIG Media are honored to announce the 2nd Annual Healthy NYC Expo at Governors Island. Healthy NYC is a citywide initiative that combines digital media and grassroots engagement to galvanize community influencers, elected officials, families, and healthcare professionals around the idea of improving the overall population health of New York City.

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Mastermind Connect Goes to Colorado: #Bizcation

The Mastermind Connect founders decided to take an executive #bizcation to discuss the future of our great organization and to strengthen our bond by traveling to the great state of Colorado, spending four, full days of good vibes, mountain biking, patio meetings and base camping. #blessed.

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Why the NYC Urban Ambassadors Took Over Classic Man Barber Lounge

For many historically underserved young men in New York City, access to leadership training and mentorship is not guaranteed. In 2012, NYC Urban Ambassadors (UA) was founded to provide young men with purpose, leadership, and distinction. On Tuesday, June 19th, 2018, the young men graduating from the NYC Urban Ambassadors program were treated to complimentary grooming services by the good people at Classic Man Barber Lounge, in New York City’s famous East Village neighborhood.

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The Art of Letting Go: How to Make Change in Your Life

The following words might sound cheesy, but they capture what could be the answer to your dilemma: you can’t spell “let’s go” without “let go.” In other words, just as there are desires, spaces, and people calling you to evolve toward your goals, there are also fears, obstacles and insecurities telling you to remain safely where you are. It’s time to identify those roadblocks, and start letting them go.

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Mastermind Connect Celebrates One Year Anniversary with Road Trip to DC

Allow me to re-introduce myself. My name is JD Weatherspoon, some of you may know me from Mastermind Connect’s blog section, various CC’s on emails, and comments from Instagram and Facebook. That's because I live in the DMV area, though everyone who talks to me for more than five minutes knows I'm a Floridian living my best life here.

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Celebrate Your W’s

It dawned on me and I realized that we as individuals Win quite often actually, and don’t take the time to celebrate our Wins. We’re often so consumed with the emotions of losing, being insulted, attacked or whatever some poor soul is trying to distribute that we skip over i

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Where are we now?

Watching David Letterman’s “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction”—a series of riveting interviews with various champions, industry leaders, and generally awesome people—kicked off its premier episode with none other than former U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama.  I’m sure you’ve heard of him once or twice, so I’ll spare attempting to encapsulate his achievements in a blog post.

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We Did the Damn Fashion Thing to Start 2018

Kicking off New York Fashion Week 2018, Mastermind Connect partnered with premier made to measure line InStitchu, where we gathered for an evening of style and great vibes, enhanced by the amazing cocktails that YAVE Tequila provided us with, and the very tasty hors d'oeuvres, which The Tastemakers NYC created by infusing them with the different flavored tequilas that we were pairing them with.

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