On October 11, Matchfire welcomed Jamaican native and entrepreneur, Javette Nixon, to the Dallas Office. Nixon will complete a four-week fellowship residency with Matchfire Dallas, through the YLAI program.
President Obama’s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) program was created to empower entrepreneurs and allow them to expand their knowledge base, all while collaborating with U.S. businesses for mentorship and global networking opportunities.
Collaborative leadership and social entrepreneurship are values Matchfire works to strengthen not only within our offices, but within the communities we touch. So when asked to be a host-business through the YLAI program, it was an easy decision.
With similar mindsets on cause and community work, Javette and Matchfire have created synergy in a short time.
“We have lots of passion for helping entrepreneurs realize their vision, so hosting Javette was a natural fit with our company purpose of making business and social impact,” said Matchfire Managing Partner, Brian Powell.
Building connections that help define your future, grow your leadership capabilities, and provide opportunity to exchange new ideas and business practices among peers, is an opportunity any young entrepreneur would seize. Javette is one of 250 fellows accepted into the YLAI program, having completed an extensive interview and selection process with more than 3,000 applicants worldwide.
Becoming a force of change in the world is arguably easier said than done; however, Javette Nixon isn’t letting anything get in his way. Javette has the drive needed to move from inspiration to action.
He founded his first business at the age of 23—an e-commerce business exporting Jamaican products—and is currently the Founder, President, and CEO of Point Global Marketing Limited (POINT), a marketing and brand development firm that focuses on the marketing and brand design of growth companies.
Javette shared the value he has found in the YLAI fellowship with our team: “I fundamentally believe that when people are connected they begin to see more commonalities than differences within each other, and this program has allowed for more connections throughout the region for young economic and social leaders than any other that I am aware of before now.
Dallas feels like a new frontier for me, it also feels welcoming to businesses and possibilities; so I am ecstatic to be here and to be at Matchfire.”
Working for a more vibrant global community and fostering global economic development are missions Matchfire is happy to be a small part of. Stay tuned as we follow Javette through his fellowship!