Duron Jones is the founder, CEO, and Tribe Leader of Innovation Tribe of America. Also, he is the founder, CEO, and Board President of Generation Innovation, a nonprofit formed to support young entrepreneurs in starting businesses and gaining real-world experiences. Furthermore, Duron spent the 10+ years supporting business owners, freelancers, universities, and nonprofits in creating remarkable experiences for their communities. Lastly, he is a strong believer in fostering the mindset of customers being members of a community instead of a transaction.
Firstly, Duron keynoted conferences, facilitated workshops, and taught classes. Also, he has emceed events in the community, and much more. Nonetheless, click on the accordions below to see descriptions of his topic areas.
The marketing of products or services using digital technologies. Furthermore, includes the internet, social media, and mobile phones.
The practice of creating and designing remarkable experiences for a target audience. Also, this includes coordinating teams to best serve a client’s needs.
The execution of high-quality events and programs to provide engaging experiences for a target audience. Furthermore, the management of hospitality services related to the event experience of attendees.
The art of organizing and managing nonprofits to meet the needs of their community. Also, includes insights into partnership relations and resource procurement.
The art of individuals marketing themselves and their careers as a brand. Also, this includes being a producer on social media instead of a consumer.
The use of start-up companies and other entrepreneurs to develop, fund and implement solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues. Also, this includes discussing social entrepreneurship through the lens of benefit corporations, and business ethics.
The process of mapping out and procuring resources to apply, attend, and afford post-secondary options. Furthermore, this includes the college essay, scholarship applications, and much more.
More About Duron
- Favorite Color: Red
- MBTI Personality Type: INTJ
- Favorite Pastime(s): Creative Writing, Photography, and Bowling
- Last Place I Traveled: Downey, California
- Next Place I Want To Travel: Mexico
- Favorite Movie Line: “Why do we fall, sir? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.” – Alfred Pennyworth
- PS4 or Xbox: PS4
- DC or Marvel: Both, but more DC
The Younger Years
Duron has a background in leadership development, career planning, college access, business management, and event management. Furthermore, he began his work in his ninth grade year of high school as a student activist. During his time in high school, the school district was planning to merge (later changed to co-locate) the school with a middle school. However, the school district was not seeking input from the student body. After encouragement from his health teacher, he joined forces with an upperclassman to advocate for student voice in decision making. Also, after gaining input the school board voted to co-locate and increase renovation funding for the school. Furthermore, he was invited to join the Building Leadership Team (BLT) of his school to be the first Student Ambassador.
After joining the BLT, he went on to start the Committee for Educational Support (CES). He then later founded the Higher Achievement Academy (HAA) while in high school. Both were started with the focus of increasing educational summer opportunities for high school students during a time when summer school was being cut. Furthermore, Duron went on to work with the Alliance for Education to support post-secondary activities for Seattle Public Schools.
While in college, Duron transitioned into the role of the College & Career Coordinator for the Center for Community Engagement. Also, with his work, he supported Garfield and Middle College in preparing their students for life after high school. Furthermore, he worked with the College of Education to redevelop the Middle College program on the University’s campus. Lastly, he served as a Program Counselor during his time in college for the Albers School of Business & Economics.
Life After College
After college, he went on to serve as the Director of the Summer Business Institute program. The program is focused on college exploration for high school sophomores and juniors. Each year he works with students from Western Washington who identify as an underrepresented population. These students self identify as African American, Latino/Hispanic, Native American Indian, or Pacific Islander.
Also, after college Duron took on the role of Partnership Coordinator for Washington Future Business Leaders of America. As a consultant, he managed the marketing, leadership programs, fundraising, and volunteers for the organization. Currently, he works with schools, businesses, and universities across western Washington in business, career, and college planning.
Currently, Duron serves as the Tribe Leader of Innovation Tribe of America and CEO of Generation Innovation. He brings more than 10+ years of experience to the team. Furthermore, through his work, he serves as the Albers School of Business & Economics‘ Director of the Summer Business Institute at Seattle University. Also, he serves as the President of the African American Alumni Chapter and Membership Chair of the Business Owners Alliance, both at Seattle University. Lastly, he serves as the Event Planner to the Seattle Academies Foundation (SAF).