Flowers that Empower: Growing Sustainable Communities

April showers will yield May flowers… in Chicago and Israel this year!
Join us to hear the story of Chicago Eco House and its in-house flower shop, Southside Blooms.

We are delighted to introduce you to Founder Quilen Blackwell, a recent delegate on America-Israel Friendship League’s African American Leadership Delegation. Through a partnership with the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, Quilen has since returned to Israel to collaborate with Israeli Floral Stylist, Zarina Wasser, to bring new techniques and focus to his work in Chicago.

During our conversation, we will learn more about how:
Chicago Eco House is using sustainability to alleviate poverty;
Southside Blooms provides real world experience, applicable job skills and job creation for at-risk youth in inner-city Chicago;
Zarina and Quilen met and how Zarina’s knowledge will impact, and advance, Chicago Eco House’s mission.

The program features:
Quilen Blackwell
President & Co-founder
Chicago Eco House/Southside Blooms

Hannah Bonham Blackwell
Co-Founder & Lead Creative
Southside Blooms/Chicago Eco House

Travis Wilkinson
Farm Manager
Southside Blooms

Zarina Wasser
Zarina Floral Styling & Event Design

Opening Remarks:
Itai Biran
Consul for Political & Commercial Affairs
Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest

Nathan Friedkin
Find Your Edge Media

Wayne Firestone
Webinar Host

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