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Ace Coffee Talks: Steve Larosiliere of Stoked

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Presenting Coffee Talk: a weekly roundtable led by the city's best doers curated by Presence Agency.

Every Wednesday at 2pm we'll be sipping Stumptown coffee in the lobby while we chat with some of our favorite people in town about what they're doing.

Our seventh installment features Steve Larosiliere Founder and President of STOKED, an award-winning youth development program empowering through mentorship and action sports culture. He'll be with us discussing how the benefits of change-making.

Steve Larosiliere is a social entrepreneur, marketer, and thought leader who loves working businesses with a purpose. As a passionate youth advocate, Steve is the Founder and President of STOKED, an award-winning youth development program voted to the 100 (100 most innovative businesses in NY), and named Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Black MBA Association.

Honored as a Hometown Hero by Metro NY, his work has appeared on the Today Show, GOOD Magazine, NBC Chicago, Modern Luxury, New Yorker Magazine, ESPN, Huffington Post, Nylon Magazine, Fuel TV, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, and Transworld Business. Steve’s been named a United Way Senior Fellow and was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Pace University’s Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship.

Steve began his career starting an independent marketing firm working with clients such as Sony Music, Reader’s Digest, and Rock the Vote where he helped pioneer ninja marketing. He also hosts the Stoked Lifestyle podcast which interviews entrepreneurs and athletes on how to live your best life while giving back. Steve holds a degree in History from Stony Brook University and an MPA in Nonprofit Management from Baruch College.