The Nyack Library Soul Food & African - American Entrepreneurs & Executives Celebration

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The Nyack Library Soul Food & African - American Entrepreneurs & Executives Celebration is a series of forums for the public to discuss their career goals and seek advice from professionals in various fields. The discussion will cover discrimination in the workplace.  Members of the community are invited to attend to discuss their experiences with racism and discrimination and how workplace diversity has had a positive influence on their life.

The goal is to share solutions on how to succeed against all obstacles. Panelists from diverse backgrounds will speak and then answer any questions from the public.  Registration is required.




Judge Walter Rivera, Partner, Rivera & Colon, LLP

Judge Walter Rivera serves as the Town Justice of the Greenburgh Town Court in Westchester County. He is a member of the Puerto Rican Bar Association, the National Hispanic Bar Association and the fraternity Omega Psi Phi’s Omicron Chapter from Columbia University. He is also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D. 1979) and a graduate of Columbia University (B.A. 1976). Judge Rivera’s law firm represents “small and mid-sized businesses as outside counsel in corporate governance, contracts, lease negotiations, contract preparation and/or review, negotiations, and business disputes“ said a representative from his law firm.

Laura Cepeda, Co-Owner of Luminesque Café, Luminesque.Com

The café serves Mediterranean and Caribbean cuisines and offers diners live music from reggae and jazz, to performances from the Palisades Opera.  Ms. Cepeda attended college and law school in New York City.

Tony Dandridge, Co-Owner, Off the Hook of Haverstraw, OfftheHookofHaverstraw.Com

Tony Dandridge, Richard Clarke and Jeff Eason are owners of Off the Hook of Haverstraw.  Tony Dandridge, a retired NYPD detective.  Off the Hook menu includes: fried fish, steamed fish, fried chicken, shrimp and sides like mac & cheese and greens.

Omar Hawthorne, Franchise Development Manager, CFE, Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill, GoldenKrustBakery.Com

Omar Hawthorne  serves  the company’s ‘Think Tank, ’  an advisory  group  to the  President  which  is  comprised  of  enterprising  and   bright   young  people.  He  also  serves  as a  board member for  The Society  For  the  Advancement  of  the  Caribbean  Diaspora. CFE (Certified Franchise Executive) is a designation bestowed by the International Franchise Association.

Mark Rothenberg, Chair, Rockland SCORE

Mark Rothenberg will discuss “What it Takes to Start a Business”. Rockland SCORE’s new headquarters is at RCC (Rockland Community College). Please attend to learn about the services they have to offer.  The SCORE Association is a national organization with 350 chapters.


LaTeeka Mosley, Tax Accountant & Owner of Bagfiend.Com.

Bagfiend.com sells handbags at street fairs and flea markets. They also host bag parties. Ms. Mosley is a graduate of Kaplan University and has a B.S. in Accounting. LaTeeka Mosley will moderate the panel discussion. More panelists from our community will be confirmed.

About The Nyack Library

Established in 1879, The Nyack Library serves the residents of Nyack, Upper Nyack, South Nyack, Grand View, and Valley Cottage. Our trained staff can assist you in the use of the collection or direct you to other sources of information. If a desired item is not in the Ramapo Catskill Library System, our staff can request it through Interlibrary Loan from another library system. The collection of books, periodicals, and audiovisuals is enhanced with electronic access.


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