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Colleen Rickenbacher teaching etiquette in prison

Author Colleen Rickenbacher teaching etiquette in prison

WOOHOO! Some awesome photos are now available from Class “Triumphant” 21’s most recent event … Excellence in Etiquette, featuring the truly inimitable Colleen Rickenbacher (a.k.a. The Necktie Assassin).

We are grateful to our dear friend Genie Erneta for sponsoring this event (including the best meal served this year within the Cleveland Correctional Center)!

See all of the photos here:

Genie Erneta Etiquette

Genie sharing lunch with a PEP participant at a prior Etiquette Event

Our amazing friend Genie Erneta from TGS has been a loyal volunteer and donor to the Prison Entrepreneurship Program for many years. As a member of our Houston Advisory Board, she has challenged us to think more strategically about our expansion while continuing to encourage our growth. She also has an incredible knack for inspiring her peers to deepen their own support for PEP!

Case in point:
We recently told our Houston Advisory Board about our need to secure a sponsor for our upcoming Excellence in Etiquette event on Friday, March 21, 2014. This is one of our participants’ favorite events because they get to share a nice meal with our volunteers — for most, the best meal that they have ever had in prison (a meal that PEP must pay for). Having attended the event several times, Genie has seen the impact that this opportunity can create for both the participants and the volunteers. She immediately shouted out “I’ll sponsor it!”

Others soon followed her lead by offering to sponsor future events. Thank you, Genie, for all that you do for PEP!

Join Genie in prison:
If you would like to learn why Genie is such a big fan of this event, go to and register to join us!

amerisource fundingIt is official!

Thanks to the lead sponsorship from Amerisource Funding, our 2012 eSchool Graduation is officially sold out!

At this graduation, we will honor over 30 men who began transforming their lives while still behind bars through PEP‘s in-prison Business Plan Competition. After their release, these men reestablished their lives in the free world and dedicated themselves to continuing their education through our weekly Entrepreneurship School (eSchool) in Dallas and Houston. We are now celebrating their completion of this second step in their journey from inmate to entrepreneur.

We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be Ryan Mack, author of “Living in the Village” and frequent contributor to CNN, BET and others. You can learn more about Ryan Mack here.

Thank you to our event sponsors!

Lead Investor
Amerisource Funding

Venture Capitalists
The Energists
Stellus Capital Management
Judy & Jon Goodale

Angel Investors
Alex Anaxagoras and Genie Erneta
DFS Worldwide
Marcia & Bill Frank
JITA Printing
Silver Fox Advisors
Pam & Phil Rundle
* Purchased two tables