On June 21, 2019, Gabrielle Jordan and Marcella Mollon-Williams hosted the first awards gala to recognize the year-round excellence of adults and young people who are entrepreneurs, advocates, change makers and trailblazers. Hundreds of people of all ages gathered at University of Maryland in the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center for the official launch of the ExCEL Youth Mentoring Institute’s (ExCEL) inaugural event. Both youth and adults were recognized for being trailblazers, leaders, and entrepreneurs.
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Mollon-Williams is a fifth generation business owner who helped to create a platform for young trailblazers and their supportive parents, to connect, learn and grow through the village of entrepreneurship. Jordan, now 18, is the owner of an upscale jewelry company called Jewelz of Jordan.