Strivers’ Row celebrates doers - those among us who are pursuing their passions, putting their talents to use and in turn, establishing new standards. Each week a Striver will be featured, making the masses aware of his or her work and motivations, and providing information for how to support their success. Strivers are young creatives, professionals and entrepreneurs of diverse areas of expertise, experiences and perspectives.
Strivers' Row is a community. There is great promise for lasting professional partnerships and friendships to be cultivated among those who are invited to join. A number of private events are hosted for Strivers along with opportunities to represent the community at public events.
THE HISTORIC DISTRICT
The stunning brownstones of Strivers’ Row are located on West 138th and West 139th streets between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. Built between 1891 and 1893 with no amenity spared, the homes sat empty in the years following completion due to a refusal to sell to affluent Blacks. The decision was reversed in 1919. Black leaders, professionals and entertainers of the day soon moved in giving the district its nickname. The neighborhood received formal designation as St. Nicholas Historic District 1967.
Weeks after graduating from Howard University, Destinee Swindell moved to Harlem in June 2013. She is a media strategist with experience planning multi-million dollar budgets for brands like LVMH Beauty (currently), Verizon, P&G, Coty (parent company of Marc Jacobs Fragrances, OPI, Philosophy and more) and Swarovski. In January 2016 she co-launched an event series called The Link Up. It has grown from a small networking happy hour to monthly parties with attendance of over 800.
During her time in New York, Destinee has encountered many young people relentlessly chasing dreams. Whether they aspire to climb corporate ladders or build brands and businesses from the ground up, she is inspired by the passion, work ethic and sacrifice displayed. Strivers’ Row is the manifestation of Destinee's belief that excellence should be recognized and natural gift for connecting people.
Connect with Destinee on social media: @chasingdestinee
Jarrod Anderson is a Florida native currently living in New York. He is a creative specializing in capturing visual stories via photography. His primary focuses are portraits, lifestyle + fashion.
Connect with Jarrod on social media: @createdbyjarrod
Photo: Mark Clennon