Building on the success of Forward Cities' Community Entrepreneurship Accelerator initiative (2018-2020), we are pleased to continue our work in the community with this E3 Indy engagement. Aimed at catalyzing solutions for building a more equitable and sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem in the community, our efforts — in collaboration with JPMorgan Chase Foundation — will lay the foundation for long-term resiliency for Black and Latinx businesses by focusing on equitable distribution of resources, including funding.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is a pivotal moment for Black and Latinx entrepreneurs and small business owners as barriers and gaps to starting and scaling businesses continue to disproportionately impact underrepresented groups. This effort will align key community stakeholders, amplify underrepresented voices of entrepreneurs and their champions, and galvanize collective action to create a strong foundation for inclusive economic growth that will serve as a model for other communities across Indiana – and nationwide.
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E3 Indy Engagement lead
Magalie, an alumna of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, was born in Nassau, Bahamas, raised in Miami, F.L., and is one of five daughters to Haitian parents. She serves as Interim Executive Director of HUSTLE Winston-Salem, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inclusive entrepreneurship.
Magalie is also the CEO of YES Strategies & Solutions, a cost-effective consulting firm helping nonprofits and corporations accomplish successful programming and project management to carry out their missions. She serves as Board Chair of Forsyth Futures and Board Communications Chair for Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts, Inc.
Magalie is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Winston-Salem, 2018 City of Winston-Salem Martin Luther King, Jr. Young Dreamers Award recipient, 2020 Winston-Salem Chronicle Business of the Month, 2020 Winston Under 40 Awardee, 2020 HOPE Outreach MLK Women's Day Awardee, the 2020 recipient of the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Arts Council R. Phillip Hanes, Jr. Young Leader Award, 2021 Triad Business 40 Under 40 Honoree, and a 2021 Triad Business Journal Power Player.
Starla D. Hart
E3 Indy Local Liaison
Starla D. Hart, MPA, has worked to enhance the lives of people in Indianapolis for more than 18 years and serves as Indiana University Health’s Director for the Mosaic Center for Work, Life and Learning – a new initiative to connect individuals with careers in healthcare.
In prior roles, Hart has served as the Director of Community Initiatives for 16 Tech Community Corporation, a Program Officer for Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Indianapolis, and Director of Neighborhood Partnerships at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Office of Community Engagement.
Hart earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and certifications in Non-Profit Management and American Humanics from Indiana University. She completed her master’s degree in Public Administration from Baruch College in New York City as part of the prestigious National Urban Fellows program.
Hart has served in a variety of volunteer and non-profit board and committee roles all while being a dedicated mother of 2. In her "free" time, she dabbles in entrepreneurship, loves a good book, and is a wine and self-care enthusiast.