BUILDING SOCIAL MOVEMENT BRANDS
Milan prides itself in emphasizing the inclusion of entrepreneurs with diverse minds across identities, be it abilities, ages, cultures, disciplines, and geographies. All of our workforce have known poverty, mental illness, disability, and systemic oppression. Each community member comes to us with the desire to create sustainable social change profitably and work in alignment with their creative humanity.
Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer
Afia is a licensed social worker, educator and children's book author. Originally from Ghana, she immigrated to the US as a child and has lived in Columbus OH since. Afia recieved her Bachelors and Masters of Science in Social Work from The Ohio State University where she focused on cultivating healthy educational environments. She believes in disrupting exploitative systems by empowering youth to take control of their narratives. Through her work, productivity translates into working for all humans so they may experience emotionally and physically healthy lives. In 2021, Afia will release her first children's book which highlights the experience of immigrant children in America.
Co-Founder & Chief People Officer
Malini is a licensed social worker, community organizer and entrepreneur. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Social Work from The Ohio State University where she focused on the health of families and communities. Malini completed her Masters in Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Movement Building from Harvard. It her firm belief that when people embrace their differences, the potential for social, intellectual and spiritual growth is limitless. Her role at Milan involves human resource management, strategy, storytelling, and team-building.
Co-Founder & Chief Business Officer
Samarth Baligar is an entrepreneur and certified health and fitness coach. He earned his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from PES IT (India) and Masters in Financial Management from University of Wollongong (Australia). Samarth has a firm belief that self-improvement and individuality are the primary factors of social wellbeing. He aspires to help others unlock their hidden potential through self-awareness and growth. Samarth's role at Milan centers around ensuring sustainability. He also runs a health and fitness business called One Motive.
Co-Founder & President
Leonna Bell is a brand strategist, project manager and serial entrepreneur. As a Bachelor of Sociology and Criminal Justice from The Ohio State University, Leonna is experienced in brand management, rebranding and data analysis. She has worked across industries - be it educational institutions, family restaurants, disaster recovery companies, diversity firms, or community building organizations. Leonna believes in the power of impact branding and social media as a vehicle for social change and diverse connection.