Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

VERIZON Business Mentorship Program,
Tech Incubator, Queens College - Cohort 3:

February - September 2021

  • Digital marketing training program sponsored by Verizon and Yahoo, as well as a growth circle peer-to-peer mentoring  program consisting of 4 training sessions, and weekly mentorship meetings from February through September 2021.
  • Learn how to use technology to shift business model to meet the needs of clients while finding new sources of revenue.
  • Assess marketing needs and what technology solution can help meet  goals.
  • Be matched with a VERIZON Mentor who will provide coaching through the selection and implementation of these valuable technologies over a period of 3-6 months. 

GLOBAL NY STEP 8 Grant Program Award:

Nov. 2019Empire State Development Corporation

  • Global NY STEP 8 Grant Program Award - for travel to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) to attend meetings scheduled through the U.S. Commercial Service Gold Key Matching Service. - November 14, 2019 to Promote "Made in New York" products for export to overseas market.


June 2019Arts Envoy*, U.S. Department of State Cultural Exchange Program (Cambodia and Laos) Jun 2019,  U.S. Department of State

  • Michele Benjamin was awarded the opportunity to serve as "Arts Envoy" on behalf of U.S. State Department ECA, to bring public awareness to Animal Trafficking in Laos, and Women's Empowerment and Entrepreneurship in Cambodia.
  • Michele Benjamin was awarded the opportunity to "Conduct art and jewelry workshops, give performances, and mentor art students, artists and youth on Wildlife Trafficking and other important social issues." US Mission, Laos
"The U.S. government’s Arts Envoy Program fosters cross-cultural understanding and collaboration between artists and students around the world. American arts professionals — including performing artists, visual artists, poets, playwrights, theatrical and film directors, curators, and others — 
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