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The Visionary Behind the Brand

Founder & Managing Director

Farrah A. Belizaire

A native of Brockton, MA, I first discovered my passion for event planning in 2008 as an undergraduate student leader at Boston University. My experiences working with various cultural groups on campus ignited in me the desire to continue building communities for young people of color. There’s so much power in being able to connect with peers who not only identify with your professional drive, but also your cultural experiences. Growing up in a Haitian household, I was raised in a culture that values the art of coming together in celebration.

Boston is a dynamic city with so much to offer. Yet, for young professionals of color, social opportunities beyond the realm of nightlife are few. After graduating in 2011, I realized the need to continue providing what I believe to be an unmet need. And with this need came the vision to create an “Urban Socialite Network”. LiteWork enhances the quality of social events for young professionals and urban millennials to create a unique way for a multiethnic crowd come together. With my capacity for creativity, I aim to restyle the social experience in Boston by designing events that will cultivate cultural savvy in both traditional and non-traditional networking and social settings.

Aside from hosting networking events and other programming for Boston’s urban young professionals, my professional interests are in project management, marketing and Diversity & Inclusion. I’m also active with BU’s Alumni Association and my Sorority, where I am currently on the executive board for the Psi Iota Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha. I’m a natural “busy body”, so I enjoy being able to use my talents in many ways to enhance the social networks for young people of color. I look forward to where my journey with LiteWork Events will take me!

Advisory Board Members

The LiteWork Events Advisory Board is a volunteer group that meets quarterly to advise the brand. Members of the board lend their expertise across multiple disciplines to inform various goals pertaining to growth and sustainability.

 

Christian Blackwell

You can call Christian a true dot-connector 🙂 Christian lives by the words: “If I have access to resources in my community, it’s my responsibility to take care of my community.” Christian took a leap of faith by leaving his job of ten years at a Top 100 Forbes Best Company to Work to build community amongst others while serving the individuals in the area around him. Christian is the Founder and Managing Director of CHRISTIAN JORDAN, a brand that connects like-minded individuals through events and activities.

Asha Janay

Asha is the community liaison for MCPAP for Moms. Asha has 10 years of experience working with mentally ill children, adults, and elders. She has worked in residential group homes throughout her career to be an advocate for children in the system. She has also worked for the department of children and families as a social worker. She believes that change happens when people are given the guidance, they need to draw on their own strengths and realize their potential to live fulfilling. She is an advocate for black maternal mental health. She is also a member of the MCPAP for Moms’ diversity, equity and inclusion committee which was formed to help meet the racial equity goals.

Lee Jean-Louis

Lee is a Boston native, born and raised in the city. He is a supply chain professional in the healthcare industry. Lee has a deep appreciation for the urban young professional social scene and enjoys making genuine connections with like-minded individuals. He also co-organizes a yearly Bar crawl event geared toward building community for young professionals in Boston. In his free time, Lee enjoys traveling, cooking, spending time with friends, and volunteering.

Tamika Jeune

Tamika Jeune is a legal professional and an experienced member of the LiteWork Events Advisory Board. As a Boston local, she understands the dynamics and opportunities the city and its metropolitan area create for diverse professionals. Tamika is fortunate enough to grow and develop her skills at some of the country’s leading institutions right here in Boston. When she is not volunteering her time with LiteWork Events, she enjoys finding new ways to experience Boston.

Ricardo Louis

Ricardo Louis

Ricardo Louis is the Founder & Owner of Privé Parking, a leader in providing parking & transportation solutions throughout Greater Boston. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and working in finance, Ricardo saw an opportunity to have a profound impact on the valet parking industry. With a focus on the customer experience, Ricardo offers and identifies parking solutions to a variety of clients. He is driven by the mission to leave the best “first and last” impression for every customer. In addition to serving on the board for LiteWork, Ricardo is also passionate about expanding opporunities for Black business owners, families and the community as a whole, and volunteers his time with a variety of projects in his neighborhood of Lower Roxbury.

 

Kenny Mascary

Kenny Mascary

Kenny is a youth advocate and community organizer. He aims to guide, mentor, and inspire Boston youth on how to navigate through America’s social strata.  He is currently the Program Director of the Smart and Talented Adolescents Reaching for Success (STARS) Youth Program and the Athletic League Coordinator at the West End House Boys and Girls Club. Kenny dedicates his free time to his passion for arts and sports; he is a member of Board 27 of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials. In his off-time, you can also catch him as Knszwrth the DJ out in the local social scene, or hosting events with NYA Boston.

Yvette Philip

Yvette Philip

Yvette P. is a true Bostonian – born and raised. She is a financial and accounting professional in the education sector. She occasionally hosts various social events such as the Game Night Mixer which raises money for specific nonprofit organizations, and the Annual Skip Work Beach Day. She also makes time to travel the world, garden, read, be with family and friends, and be physically active. She believes in the power of authentic connections among people and is proud to be a part of the Litework Advisory Board.

Durrell Queen

Durrell Queen is a Boston native, a natural-born socialite, a youth and community organizer, and a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated. He is well-involved and invested in the urban community, participating in various initiatives in the Boston area. He also mentors youth within the local Boston Public Schools as a career specialist with New Mission Collegiate Academy and a step coach at Brooke Charter High School. Durrell dedicates his free time to traveling, gardening, music, and the arts! He hopes to continue the good work in his community and enrich black culture for the future leaders in Boston!

Anecia Richards

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Anecia remained in Boston after graduating from Tufts University. She is an engineer with seven years of construction management experience in the commercial real estate sector and is passionate about diversity and building wealth and equity in communities.

Dr. Natascha F. Saunders

An award-winning and internationally respected certified coach focused on life, career, and academics. Natascha is a dynamic speaker, and workshop facilitator who strives to ensure all of her clients are self-aware and market-ready. She volunteers her expertise to LiteWork Events within the areas of: marketing, operations, business strategy, and human resources.

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