Celebrate Youth Entrepreneurship

Each spring University School hosts a free day-long event that brings together nearly 1,000 middle school and high school students from across Northeast Ohio. A nationally recognized young entrepreneur presents to students in the daytime and to the general public at night. A Young Entrepreneur Market is held following the public evening program, where student entrepreneurs sell their creations. Celebrate Youth Entrepreneurship at University School is made possible through the generous support of Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

Our 2020 Featured Speaker is Haile Thomas!

Tuesday April 7, 2020

Haile Thomas is 18 years old, an international speaker, a health activist, a vegan food & lifestyle influencer, podcaster, the youngest Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach in the United States, and the founder/CEO of the nonprofit HAPPY (Healthy Active Positive Purposeful Youth). Haile founded HAPPY when she was 12 years old to address the need for free/affordable plant-based nutrition and culinary education in underserved/at-risk communities as well as in schools and through annual summer camps.

Haile has personally engaged over 35,000 kids since beginning her activism in 2010. She was inspired to pursue this passion after her family successfully reversed her father’s type-2 diabetes with healthy eating an lifestyle choices and upon learning that kids were increasingly being diagnosed with conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. All of Haile’s programs, projects, and initiatives are geared towards engaging, educating, motivating, and empowering young people to make healthy lifestyle choices to live their best life. She also hosted the podcast “Girl Empowered” where she interviewed inspiring and empowering women.

At 12 years old, Haile worked as the Jr. Chef Advisor for Hyatt Hotel’s “For Kids – By Kids Menu”, with her menu recipes served at all Hyatt Resorts in North America and the Caribbean. She has been featured on two different food network shows – she was one of 8 young chefs feature on season one of Rachael vs. Guy Kids-Cook-Off and also on Cupcake Wars Kids.

Haile has been featured by CNN, the Today Show, NowThis, BuzzFeed, MTV, The Harry Show, Dr. Oz, Home and Family Show, and the Rachael Ray Show. She has been highlighted in several major publications including O Magazine, Teen Vogue, and YES Magazine.

For more information about Celebrate Youth Entrepreneurship, please contact Matthew Podl at 216-831-2200 x7496 or click here to email him. 

View CYE 2019 photo album

Previous CYE speakers:

CYE 2019 – Graham Veysey, Serial Entrepreneur, Founder of North Water Partners

CYE 2018 – Krystal Persaud, Senior Director of Product Design & Strategy, littleBits

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CYE 2017 – Jon Kaplan, Head of Global Sales, Pinterest

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CYE 2016 – Andrew Yang, Founder and CEO, Venture for America

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CYE 2015 – Clint Greenleaf, Entrepreneur, Author, Personal Finance Expert

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