Meet our CEO
Visionary Leader, Small Business Champion, Inclusion Advocate
Jill Johnson is the Co-founder/CEO of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL). She has nearly 30 years of experience as a business strategist with expertise in financial analysis, marketing, and business development. She is an advocate for community businesses and microenterprise, and is a leading authority in the area of minority inclusion in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Jill is a speaker on topics including: community economic development, business plan development, entrepreneurship, minority and women small business growth, and access to capital.
Meet the Board
Not attending college, the odds were not necessarily in my favor. Being born and raised in Newark, I developed the resiliency to not give up. It's easy to give up when you don't have a lot of resources. If we can empower more people with the tools they need and help them to not give up, we can have a huge impact.
I’m inspired by the IFEL mission to support diverse entrepreneurs and ensure that they have adequate access to successfully grow their
businesses. Unlike other organizations, I believe IFEL is committed to each entrepreneur and takes time to learn about their vision and story.
Just out of college I opened a bookstore. It was a tremendous community asset, but the economics just weren't there. I made every mistake in the book, just because I didn't know what I didn't know. I think about how things might have been different if I had a resource like IFEL back then. My goal is to help others have the opportunity for success that I didn't.
Pasquale (Pat) Nocito
When I was a banker I spent a lot of time explaining why we couldn't help people. As a member of the IFEL Community, I get to share resources that help them succeed and give them hope. It feels so much more rewarding.
Stephen A. White is active in business valuations in a variety of areas related to fair market value also has broad industry experience in wealth management by working with hundreds of client companies during his 20+ years in the investment arena.
As an entrepreneur from a young age, the mission resonates with me. Entrepreneurship and small business ownership enable people to chart their own course. IFEL enables people, regardless of their level of resource, to access the tool required to make the journey.