2019 Seed to Bloom Honorees 

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Nicole Perry currently serves as the Deputy Commissioner for the Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) at the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), where she oversees the fulfillment of OFE’s mission to educate, empower, and protect New Yorkers and communities with low incomes so they can build assets and improve their financial health.  Under Nicole's leadership, OFE's work focuses on understanding the financial lives and challenges of New Yorkers with low incomes, equipping them with the tools and resources to take control of their finances, and tackling systems and policies that perpetuate a cycle of income and wealth inequality.

Nicole has a mix of public, nonprofit, and private sector experience in financial services and consulting.  Prior to joining DCA OFE, she worked at Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals with low incomes become productive participants in the U.S. financial system and achieve their financial goals.  As the Director of Sales & Marketing and the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Neighborhood Trust, Nicole built relationships with nonprofits, government and businesses in order to expand the reach of Neighborhood Trust's financial counseling and education services. Prior to transitioning to a career in nonprofit and government, Nicole was a Senior Vice President at Citigroup, where she was recruited as part of a post-MBA leadership development program.  At Citi, Nicole worked in various roles in strategy and financial planning & analysis, supporting a wide variety of business units including Operations & Technology for the Institutional Clients Group,  Citi Holdings, and Asia Pacific Regional Consumer Cards.  

Early in her career, Nicole spent two years in the Peace Corps, serving as a Small Business Development Volunteer in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Nicole holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.

HerWallStreet Award


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Chantel George is the Founder & CEO of Sistas In Sales Inc., previously she has had senior-level positions at Yelp, Justworks, and Dataminr within their sales organization. She has also created and executed Diversity & Inclusion programs at her previous companies and in her commitment to professionalism and diversity is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and NAMIC. Currently she works at LinkedIn as an Account Executive in the Marketing Solutions line of business. Chantel created Sistas in Sales because she noticed a deficiency when it came to women of color in professional sales positions. She recognized due to lack of education around how lucrative sales could be, in addition to women of color not being able to get their foot in the door. She's looking to change that with her organization. Sistas In Sales believes there is power in numbers and by connecting women of color in sales positions all over the country together we are changing the narrative and highlighting a successful career track within sales.

Woman of the Year


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Simone Charles Garçon is a Wealth Management Advisor with over 11 years of experience in financial markets,
financial planning and investing. She is Vice President of The Rogenstein Garçon Group at Merrill Lynch in New York, where she manages over $200 million in assets for high-net worth individuals and institutions at the 5th Avenue flagship office. In this role, she is responsible for business development, financial planning and portfolio management. Formerly, Mrs. Garçon was a Senior Registered Client Associate responsible for portfolio analysis and relationship management. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Mrs. Garçon was a member of the top producing real estate sales team at ERA Reed Realty in her home town of Plainfield, New Jersey. She also worked with the American Heart Association on their fundraising efforts in Oahu,

Mrs. Garçon holds a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. Her passion for economic mobility, diversity and inclusion has led her to be actively involved with IntegrateNYC, Student Sponsor Partners, NJ Leep, Capital Prep Harlem and Boys Hope Girls Hope. She currently serves as Co-Chair on the board of Bank of America’s Black Professional Group NY and as an advisory board member of the Financial Women’s Association Financial Backpack
Program. She was the recipient of Merrill Lynch’s Chairman’s Club Award (2018), Bank of America’s Global Recognition Bronze Award (2014 & 2017) and was recently named to the 2018 Bank of America Volunteer Honor Roll. Mrs. Garçon resides in New York City with her husband. 

Community Award



Ambrosia Johnson is fearless in the pursuit of what sets her soul on fire: ensuring that every child has
an equal opportunity to succeed.


A native of Brooklyn, New York, Ms. Johnson has seen more stories of failure than stories of success
for children that reside in the inner city. Driven by this injustice, she pursued a career in Education
reform. For consecutive years she received incredible academic results in the classroom as she
created an environment where children felt challenged, motivated, and loved. As an Adjunct
Professor, she develops other educators to do the same. During the Summer of 2017 she was honored
for her work, earning the distinction of ‘Teacher of the Year’ from Community Board Three
Subcommittee of Education and Youth.


Currently, Ms. Johnson is the proud Founder and Head of School of Ivy Hill Preparatory Charter
School, a kindergarten through fifth grade charter school that educates and empowers students in
Brooklyn, NY. She believes that all children, regardless of their race, socio-economic status, or zip
code deserve all that life has to offer. She is committed to ensuring that every child who steps through
the doors of Ivy Hill Prep are equipped with the academic foundation and leadership skills necessary
to make every single one of their dreams come true.

Entrepreneur of the Year 


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Fabiola Jean is a passionate, driven Broadcast Journalist with a goal of utilizing the tools, skills and influence acquired through her professional experience in order to positively impact numerous lives. Currently a contributor for the Haitian Times, where She serves as a Show Host of "Gab with Fab"   Fabiola has also served as a staffer to GNYC News as a Field News Reporter and Writer. She’s also had the pleasure of working with as well as interning as a brand strategist for Back Roads Entertainment TV Production Company and Progressive Radio Network. She’s a graduate of the Connecticut School of Broadcasting, and Long Island University.  Her journey as a Broadcast Journalist has not been easy, but each day’s challenges have led to rich rewards and an even deeper sense of belonging and purpose in this industry. 


Even with lofty goals and a rigorous work schedule, Fabiola still strives for balance and personal development. When not in the field, She dedicates her time to working on her first independent film "Salach" which means Forgiveness in Hebrew highlighting a young mans quest to meeting his homeland Haiti and his Father for the first time.  In addition, mission trips to Haiti, and is currently the founder to the not for profit organization called Propelled Media Mentorship Program mentoring young Caribbean/African American ladies between the ages of 16-21 through multi media and entertainment.

Community Award 


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