Daily Record Staff//August 24, 2022
//August 24, 2022
Marianna Pappas said her company uses all its resources of curriculum, mentorship and funding to create opportunities for underrepresented entrepreneurs in Baltimore.
The program director at Conscious Venture Lab said she gives her all to clients and the community because she does something every day that makes her happy. “To thrive and maximize our potential, we need to be fully charged. We can’t pour from empty cups,” she wrote.
That energy has helped her company support more than 130 entrepreneurs and is on the verge of expanding globally. In 2018, Pappas was the first hire by the startup accelerator, which started with 15 entrepreneurs.
“Connecting people to other people and resources that enable them to take their passions and ideas and turn them into sources of economic security is a huge part of this for me. I’m deeply committed to showing younger Baltimore citizens that they can be the change they wish to see in the world,” wrote Pappas.
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As a woman, she recognizes that women face deeply rooted gender bias, affecting how they are treated in the workplace.
“If we can reframe how we see each other as unique, worthy, talented, and capable humans that are all part of the same thing, regardless of gender, race, age, etc., then I believe we can overcome the challenge.”
Pappas earned her bachelor’s degree in English and Communications from the University of South Florida.