Ian Labitue, Columbus CEO Future 50 class of 2022
Director of business development and strategy, Kaufman Development
Community: Affordable Housing Trust of Columbus and Franklin County, Community Shelter Board, United Schools Network, I9 Sports basketball co-coach.
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Idea: The My Brother’s Keeper Village program facilitated by the city of Columbus’ development office has a program through the Columbus Fashion Alliance focused on introducing young Black men to all facets of the fashion industry, including marketing, finance, design and modeling. In speaking with the program’s executive director, Yohannan Terrell, a member of the Future 50 class of 2021, this summer’s inaugural internship program was such a success that the city wants to support the project so it can run throughout the school year. I propose putting together a cohort of Future 50 members who commit to serve as a “consulting firm” to the Fashion Alliance project, providing advice, counsel and ideas to help the program become a sustainable educational academy that impacts young lives.
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