Clark Atlanta University School of Business Hosts Innovative Food Entrepreneurs for Forward Forum


ATLANTA, GA - February 14, 2022 - In honor of Black History Month and National Entrepreneurship Week, the Clark Atlanta University School of Business Administration (CAU-SBA) will present “Cooking Up Innovative Success,” the second in its year-long series of Forward Forums at 10:30 AM (EST) Thursday, February 17, 2022.

“The global food market generated over $8 trillion in revenue in 2020, and by 2027, the food innovation sector could exceed $342 billion,” says Dr. Silvanus J. Udoka, Dean of the Clark Atlanta University School of Business Administration.  “Our next Forward Forum will explore this massive industry with three visionary founders who are innovating, leading and succeeding in this business."

REGISTER HERE to attend this free virtual event.

Moderated by Burunda Prince, Chief Operating Officer of the Atlanta-based Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs (RICE), the Forum will feature a panel of founding executives from three innovative enterprises in the food industry: 

  • Jilea Hemmings, Co-Founder/CEO

Nourish+Bloom Market | Fayetteville, GA

  • Djenaba Johnson-Jones, Founder/CEO

Hudson Kitchen | Kearny Pointe, NJ 

  • Nicholas Perkins, President/CEO

Perkins Management Services and

Fuddruckers | Charlotte, NC

All three founders are proud graduates of an HBCU (Historically Black College and University), hailing from Florida A&M University, Clark Atlanta University, Fayetteville State and Howard Universities.

Hosted by the CAU-SBA’s Management and Marketing Departments and its Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development (CIED), the Forward Forum is open to Clark Atlanta University students and business alumni.

Business students from other HBCUs and food/hospitality industry leaders are also encouraged to watch the event.

The Forward Forum series is part of a year-long celebration in recognition of the

75th Anniversary of the CAU School of Business Administration.  For more information, please visit:


About Clark Atlanta University: Established in 1988 by the historic consolidation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869).  Clark Atlanta University continues a 150-year legacy rooted in African American tradition and focused on the future.  Through global innovation, transformative educational experiences, and high-value engagement.  CAU cultivates lifted lives that transforms the world.  Notable alumni include: James Weldon Johnson; American civil rights activist, poet, and songwriter (Lift Every Voice and Sing "The Black National Anthem"; Ralph David Abernathy Sr., American civil rights activist; Congressman Hank Johnson, Georgia District 4; Kenya Barris, American award-winning television and movie producer; Kenny Leon, Tony Award-winning Broadway Director; Jacque Reid, Emmy Award-winning Television Personality and Journalist; Brandon Thompson, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for NASCAR; Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Recording Academy. To learn more about Clark Atlanta University, visit