Mr. Wyman Xu

Serial Entrepreneur

  • Serial Entrepreneur - Manufacturing, e-commerce & global supply chain management

  • Visionary - Developing environmentally-friendly, reliable and cost-effective products

  • Angel Investor - Providing young entrepreneurs resources & mentorship to transform ideas into reality

  • Environmental Ambassador -Reducing our environmental impact on the world

  • Mentor – Creating incubators for future, socially conscious, like-minded entrepreneurs 

 

Born in Shanghai, Wyman Xu immigrated with his family to Manhattan, New York at age 13 with an unyielding desire to achieve the American Dream. Now a decades long successful entrepreneur, Mr. Xu is committed to giving back by building a platform providing young entrepreneurs the tools and guidance necessary to transform their ideas into reality. To that end, Wyman and his team are mentoring young visionaries by providing them with access to resources; manufacturers, supply chains, logistics, multichannel networks, IT software and start-up funds. From supporting them to becoming social media influencers, to creating and launching their own products, Wyman is using his network and years of experience to guide them in the right direction. Wyman’s ultimate goal --- to create an incubator for future entrepreneurs, who will transform the quality of life on the planet.

Timeline:

  • 1999 at the age of 19 - Started his own retail store, MIX Cosmetics (skincare & makeup)

  • 2000 Wyman expanded to selling fashion apparel

  • 2005 - Established his first hair salon, The Cutting Edge, in downtown Manhattan

  • 2006 - Opened The Cutting Edge’s second branch 

  • 2007 - Founded EZ Ink (printing consumer products)

  • 2010 - Launched environmental sustainability initiative, Cartridge Evolution (Brooklyn remanufacturing company)

  • 2013 - Wyman set up A2B Express Logistics

  • 2020 – Created incubator platform for socially responsible young entrepreneurs

 

Leila Abdoulaye

United Nations Social Marketing and Digital Media

 

  • Innovative, tri-lingual professional who utilizes skills derived from diverse cultures, environments and countries. 

  • Strategically develop and build brands from inception to completion.

  • Integrated marketing manager with over 10 years of experience in the fields of fashion, new brand activation, entertainment and hospitality.
     

  • Core Competencies:
    • Digital marketing strategies
    • Strategic marketing communications
    • Customer relationship and experience strategies
    • Consumer engagement in luxury consumer market
    • Product launch and high profile event planning and consulting
    • Social media, digital media, mobile marketing
    • Innovation and design strategy
    • Brand and product activation
    • Business analytics
    • Web analytics

 

• NYU MS Integrated Marketing

• Hunter College BS Sociology

 

Jack Killion

Entrepreneur, Growth Strategist, Educator & Coach

  • Started and successful grew 9 different business in publishing, manufacturing, investment services, real estate development and others.

  • Street-Smart Entrepreneurs is his 10th startup

  • Taught entrepreneurial studies in three NJ college business schools.

  • Evaluated 1000s of new ventures and advised 100s of other entrepreneurs

  • Consultant to “C” level leaders while with McKinsey & Company

  • Worked in UK for British tech firm as Managing Director of Computer Services Division

  • Served on multiple corporate & charity boards

 

  • BS, Mechanical Engineering Degree from Yale and MBA from MIT Sloan School

 
 

Anne Marie Principe

Principe-Legislative & Government Affairs

  • Affinity Projects works with NGO's and political campaigns to develop and fund their organizations through strategic partnerships and grass roots activism. 

  • Advocate for key issues in government.  

  • Member of the Jon Stewart Team responsible for 9/11 WTC legislation HR 1327 and S546 The Never Forget the Heroes Bill. The second largest healthcare bill to ever pass in our nation.

  • Other clients include United Cerebral Palsy Research & Education (CEO Paul Volcker), as well as Tom Cruise and his  9/11 NY Detox Project

  • As the CEO of The Books for Kids Foundation (BFK), an Early Childhood Literacy foundation, we revitalized and grew the 22-year-old foundation.  Facilitated the single largest donation, greatest amount of in-kind donations and the first public funding BFK ever received. Raised visibility nationally with high profile events; including,  a Red Bulls/MLS opening day at Giants Stadium and a celebrity auction with Nick's Kids Choice Awards. National partnerships were created with Sesame Street Workshop and  The Children’s Place, a publicly held retailer with over 918 US locations. 

 

  • President of New York From the Ground Up (FTGU), a 9/11 grass roots, small business lobby.  FTGU helped break through and redefine HUD regulations. FTGU was instrumental in changing SBA guidelines and reshaping public policy to help deliver federal funds and grant monies to assist small business owners in rebuilding the Ground Zero Community. 

  • Member of the 9/11 Ground Zero Task Force comprised of legislators and community leaders.  Honored by League of Woman Voters as a Woman of Distinction. Honorary co-chair of the Congressional Small Business Advisory Board of NYC for three years. Honored with two national leadership awards from Congress. A 9/11 Manhattan Chamber of Commerce award was presented to From the Ground Up for their leadership and advocacy. 

 

Bari Zahn

Esq.

 

  • General and Tax Counsel to Cartridge Evolution and its affiliates;

  • Attorney and activist who practiced law at some of the most prestigious global law firms, managed the largest Chinese-owned law firm and is the founding partner of the Zahn Law Group;

  • Previous Managing Director and tax advisor for Traust Sollus, wealth management firm;

  • Founded and chaired the Legal Industry Council (the “Council”) of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (“NGLCC”) of which Goldman Sachs is a National Corporate Partner.  The NGLCC and the Council focus on educating fortune 1000 companies supplier diversity initiatives.

  • Significant pro bono legal services for numerous charities and political campaigns in their fundraising and development efforts. 

  • Recipient of the New York State Bar Association’s Empire State Counsel Honoree Pro-Bono Provider Award and was honored as one of the top 100 pro bono legal providers in NYC. 

  • Founded Living Beyond Belief, as a non-profit, HIV/AIDs youth organization. In 2009, the charity received a proclamation from the New York City Council Speaker for outstanding community service to youth;

  • Named “New Yorker of the Week” for her AIDS awareness work among teens in the city, NY1 News; 

  • Reimagined Living Beyond Belief in 2020 to focus on making a difference on the planet with initiatives that include, but are not limited to, environmental sustainability.