Hennessy has announced that 20 members of its inaugural “Never Stop, Never Settle” Society are championing the next generation of Black entrepreneurs. Hennessy introduced the initiative in March to create and support an inclusive environment for business growth and development, reports Black Enterprise.
The “Never Stop Never Settle Society” builds on Hennessy’s long-standing commitment to Black communities, which dates back to the 1800s, including involvement in what would become the National Urban League, the first corporate sponsor of the NAACP and the only company in its industry to be a founding corporate donor of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Hennessy has a rich legacy of assisting in the growth of African American business and socioeconomic status.
“Hennessy recognizes the tenacity and resilience each selected member embodies as they push the limits of potential to carve their path, address social and economic challenges and make a lasting impact on their community,” Jasmin Allen, senior vice president, Hennessy U.S., said in a statement.
“Hennessy has always supported the Black community,” she added. “We are honored to continue this legacy through the ‘Never Stop Never Settle Society’ by celebrating extraordinary individuals and championing the vision of their businesses.”
The inaugural 20 members selected for the program were chosen due to their commitment to changing the world through social impact and increasing representation of Black businesses and job creation within their communities.
“Marcus Graham Project shares Hennessy’s vision to embolden the rich legacies of Black entrepreneurs who are moving the culture forward,” said Lincoln Stephens, co-founder, and CEO of the Marcus Graham Project (MGP).” We are honored to have co-created a platform that will continue to champion Black excellence, celebrate entrepreneurial endeavors, and advance early ventures.”
Each member will receive $50,000, access to professional development sessions with Moët Hennessy executives, business development resources and tools and a membership to the Gathering Spot Connect, a Black-owned digital community offering networking options, business development resources and culturally relevant content.