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Emerging business leaders who are shaping our future

Brothers and Vanderbilt Medical School students Milton and Fred Ochieng are the focus of the documentary "Sons of Lwala." They have opened a medical clinic in their home village of Lwala in Kenya, Africa. photo by Dana Johnson House Organ March 2008

Milton & Frederick Ochieng'

Milton & Frederick Ochieng 29/28
Co-Founders
Lwala Community Alliance Rongo, Kenya

Compelled by tragic events, the Ochieng’ brothers established the Lwala Community Alliance, a nonprofit that battles illness and poverty in their village in Kenya. Milton, a resident at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, and Fred, a medical student at Vanderbilt, in Nashville, Tennessee, raised $100,000 and in 2007 opened the Ochieng’ Memorial Lwala Community Health Center, which has seen more than 32,000 patients. Their goal: to raise $1.25 million over five years and open a maternity facility.

Folu Okunseinde 29
Solutions Architect
IBM/Financial Services
Solutions Group Cambridge, MA

Okunseinde built high-speed messaging software used by clients in the financial services industry to disseminate information and execute orders for financial trades. It moves a message from one place to another in a millisecond, which can translate into millions of dollars and potentially aid other industries dealing with significant waves of data.

Jason Pratt 30
Yeast and Fermentation Scientist
MillerCoors Milwaukee

The microbiologist, charged with ensuring optimum yeast quality, troubleshoots and oversees audits and trains more than 50 microbiologist to produce quality beers for MillerCoors. Pratt also manages the global culture collection and provides yeast strains to international licensees that brew Miller Genuine Draft worldwide.

Michael Seibel 27
Co-Founder/CEO
Justin.tv San Francisco

Seibel leads business development and manages investor relations for Justin.tv, an online platform that allows users to produce and watch live streaming video. Launched in 2006, the site has secured $9 million in financing since its inception. With more than 1.5 million downloads of its iPhone app, Justin.tv is aiming to be the first firm to provide a mainstream solution to live streaming from a mobile device.

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  1. moven says:

    im a young Zimbabwean involved in general metal fabrication and this section is growing very fast but with the poor financing in my nation blacks in business will always be small.what methods can i put in place to make it

  2. Yvette Duncan says:

    I would like to say congratulations to all the NEXT FORTY BUSINESS LEADERS !! it is extremely exciting to read of all their achievements. Special congratulations to my niece Leona Locke Dotson.

  3. Ongel Duncan says:

    Congratulations to all of these Intelligent, Innovative and BRILLANT Future Leaders. I am especially Proud of my Daughter Leona Locke Dotson. Continue to strive to be the best of the Future.

    • Alice Daves says:

      Leona, I am truly proud of you and the way you have “moved up” in your career.  
      To watch you grow from a baby to a beautiful, smart young woman is quite moving
      to me.  CONGRATULATIONS.

  4. Bethlyn says:

    Congratulations everyone! Chisa Brookes keep up the great work for now and our future!

  5. Way to go Chisa! They could use you at BP.

  6. A. P Smikle-Sterling says:

    Congratulations to all the winners. A big congrats to my son’s name sake -Jayson Smikle. Friends contacted me is this the same Jason Smikle. It’s interesting – names such as these are very different. Young man, keep going, the sky is the limit.

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