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Growing From The Ground Up: Jay Rayford

August 26, 2016 @ 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Join Bamboo East for the Growing From The Ground Up Series – featuring local activists/entrepreneurs/organizers who are being the change they want to see in their communities. The series is an informal chat about experiences and hopes for our community over breakfast and coffee every Friday.

Please join us for an amazing discussion on how native Detroiter, Jay Rayford, is being the change he wants to see in his community through his volunteer work with youth to his work through his social enterprise, Social Sushi!

About Jay

Jay Rayford is a 5 year veteran of using social media to build both digital and real life relationships for businesses, organizations, and individuals. As a BMe (Black Male Engagement) Leader and New Leaders Council fellow, Jay has a passion for utilizing leadership, social entrepreneurship and network organizing strategies to influence and impact urban centers.

Jay is a born and raised, expat and returned Detroiter. Being away for about 5 years in a career as an electrical engineer, Jay lived in Florida, New York and Pennsylvania. While away, he was able to see Detroit from the outside looking in and saw the potential for incredible impact. After sharing thoughts of returning to the city with family and friends, Jay was met with a sense of hopelessness and told it would be best not to return. Deeply troubled by this, Jay was determined to return and focus full time on engaging all aspects of what creates Detroit’s sense of place and connecting new and current Detroiters to opportunity, to community, and to each other.


8:30am – Arrive, grab coffee, light breakfast, and settle in

8:45am – Brief remarks and introductions

8:50am – Speaker

9:45am – Q&A

10:00am – Thank you & Have a great day!


August 26, 2016
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM