Classroom Speakers

YEScarolina can help coordinate business men and women to come to your Entrepreneurship class as speakers. Please see the list of volunteers below that are interested in getting involved. Email Molly Crete at mcrete@yescarolina.com or call our office at 556-1909 to schedule a speaker or if you have any questions.

Available Speakers

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AQUILA BROWN
Student, Senior at Charleston Charter School for Math & Science

Contact: abrown@charlestonmathscience.org

Aquila participated in the 2013 County Business Plan Competition and won second place at the State Competition. She also competed in the NFTE National Business Plan competition last Fall winning the most creative marketing tactics award for her elevator pitch video.

She says the entrepreneurship class and business plan competition changed her life and helped her gain her self confidence back. Aquila began her own business called, Trusol Art, in which she hand draws portraits for tourists in downtown Charleston. She has a tremendous story that she is willing to share with her community. 

KESHA RAINEY
Student, Junior at the College of Charleston

Contact: Raineyka@g.cofc.edukesha

Kesha Rainey is an honor graduate from the College of Charleston. While in attendance, she majored in international business and minored in global logistics and transportation. As a student, she remained very active on campus in extra-curricular activities while managing two part time positions. She is also the proud owner of J’Adore Pearls. J’Adore Pearls is the business she created while she was in high school that specifically allows customers to purchase pearl fashion jewelry. She was able to create her own business through the help of YEScarolina, which is an organization that trains teachers within the educational system about entrepreneurial skills that will later be relayed to students which will help them to operate an efficient business.

Upon graduation, she has accepted a position within the global logistics industry. She is currently looking into furthering her academic career and hoping to pursue her master’s degree in supply chain. It is her hope that her extensive knowledge and experience will help take J’Adore Pearls international and use some of the proceeds to fund an Organization entitled, OSHUN, which is geared towards providing assistance and support to girls within the foster care system by helping them to celebrate the goddess within.

Her favorite quote is : “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” -Edward Hale

SAM WHETSEL
Digital Fire Media, Owner

Contact: SamWhetsel@gmail.com  (843) 224- 4997

Sam has a passion for entrepreneurship and motivating young people to achieve their full potential.

Sam came from a large and poor family in East Tennessee. At an early age, he experienced the unexpected loss of his dad and household financial provider. Being impoverished quickly became a way of life for Sam, his mom and his three sisters.

With no shortage of motivation, no money, very little education, and an avid interest in business, moving forward in this difficult situation involved Sam starting several businesses at a young age. Over the last 20 years, Sam has experienced many of the highs and lows of entrepreneurship. Because of this experience, Sam has learned firsthand how to become a successful entrepreneur and has started several high performing Charleston businesses.

Self-belief and continuous learning are the cornerstones of Sam’s message. Entrepreneurship is an avenue for success for all young people regardless of background. Through entrepreneurship, anyone from any background can be in charge of their financial future and direct their life in whatever way they choose.