(BALTIMORE – March 17, 2022) – Be sure to RSVP for Black Wall Street HOODFELLAS on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022 from 6 to 8 pm. Hoodfellas Bistro & Catering is located in the Munsey Building at 7 N. Calvert Street in downtown Baltimore.
This event is a part of BmoreNews.com’s ORIGINAL Black Wall Street SERIES, now in its 11th year. It is designed to celebrate Black entrepreneurs and professionals as well as the people who support them regardless of race. To date, we have honored over 1,800 individuals in several US cities, including New York, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Richmond, Atlanta, New Orleans, Birmingham, Las Vegas, and Tulsa. Honorees receive the coveted Joe Manns Black Wall Street Award.
The goal is to help preserve little-known Black Wall Street history and to help encourage entrepreneurship, beginning in the Black community.
Since its inception in 2002, BmoreNews.com has made covering the realm of Black business/Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) a priority. From City Hall to Annapolis to the White House, it is important to us to keep the spotlight on moving the needle forward for Black businesses in Maryland.
On that note, we are pleased to recognize Baltimore’s own Shelonda Stokes. Here is a dynamic woman who knows no limitations. She is an engineer by training who has been in business for herself every bit of the last 20 years. Nowadays, she’s serving as a catalyst for business in a most critical time. These days, she’s tasked with performing a miracle on the downtown business district.
Who is Shelonda?
Shelonda Stokes is a results-oriented executive named President of Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and the Downtown Management Authority’s CEO in 2020. In these roles, she leads these two non-profits with multi-million-dollar budgets and
programs that make the heart of Baltimore a more vibrant place where businesses, people, and culture thrive. Shelonda is also an integral partner to the City’s COVID-19 recovery and future direction. She co-chaired former Mayor Young’s Small Business
Recovery Taskforce. She served as the Co-chair of Mayor Scott’s Business, Workforce, and Neighborhood Development Transition Committee. Shelonda has recently been tapped to Co-chair a taskforce to evaluate development incentives with Councilman
Prior to her new role at Downtown Partnership, Shelonda spent the last twenty years as President & CEO of greiBO, a full-service marketing and entertainment agency. Under her leadership, greiBO earned a place in the world of communications with numerous awards and services to industry leaders and global markets.
This sought-after thought leader and businesswoman is the recipient of over 85 community and professional awards. She’s on speed dial and serves as a critical advisor for an elite list of Fortune 100 CEOs, elected officials, and other dignitaries.
greiBO’s growing impressive client list is the result of her management and greiBO’s culture of engaging people to look, listen, and believe. Just ask State Farm, Hewlett Packard, Under Armour, Smithsonian, and Coca Cola, to name a few.
Shelonda was recently recognized by The Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs and the Daily Record as one of Maryland’s Most Influential People, The Daily Record recently inducted her into the Circle of Excellence, for being recognized as a “Top 100 Woman” three times. The Sun Newspaper recognized her as one of the 2021 Faces to Watch.
Shelonda was appointed by the President of the United States to serve on the National Women’s Business Council, appointed to the Maryland Tourism Development Board by Senate President Bill Ferguson and appointed by Governor Larry Hogan to serve on the Morgan State University Board of Regents. She was the first African American Chair of the Board for Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. She serves on the Center Club, Central Maryland Transportation Alliance and My Brother’s Keeper Boards.