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Ben & Jerry’s Announces Inaugural Cohort of Howard University Fellows

Jerry from Ben & Jerry's on the Yard with students

WASHINGTON – Ben & Jerry’s has announced the inaugural class of Howard University Fellows. Earlier this year, Ben & Jerry’s launched the partnership in recognition of the importance and value of having Black representation within leadership roles in the organization. The company is focused on building a pipeline of mid-to-senior level leaders that represent the customers they serve.

Howard University MBA students Teanna Bass, Angelica-Joy Dumervil and Willie Tre’ Minor have been named the first cohort of fellows. They will work closely with Ben & Jerry’s teams during the 2022-2023 academic year in the social mission/values-led sourcing, public relations, and racial equity and inclusion spaces.

About the Cohort:

Teanna Bass

  • Focus at Ben & Jerry’s: Social Mission Values Led Sourcing
  • Background:
    • B.S. in human environmental sciences (University of Missouri)
    • Founder of Sweet Tea Cosmetics and Selling Partner Success Manager, Amazon’s Black Business Accelerator
    • Interests: Impacting and improving business practices in marginalized communities; exercising, TikTok!
    • Loves tackling any new tasks, being a leader within her community, as well as exceeding expectations.
  • Favorite B&J flavor: Chocolate Fudge Brownie!

Angelica-Joy Dumervil

  • Focus at Ben & Jerry’s: Marketing and public relations
  • Background:
    • B.A. in international relations and political science (Florida International University);
    • Instructor at Miramar High School, Florida (2016-2021)
    • Interests: Social justice, brand management, international business, and popular culture; traveling, visiting museums, and restaurants, watching reality TV, and spending time with her husband
  • Favorite B&J flavors: Chunky Monkey, Cannoli, Coffee Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz, and Berry Berry Extraordinary at the stores!

Tre’ Minor (Willie Samuel Minor III)

  • Focus at Ben & Jerry’s: Racial equity and inclusion in US franchising
  • Background:
    • B.S. in interdisciplinary studies (biological engineering and business) at Cornell University, where he was also a 4-year starter and 2-time captain of the football team.
    • Director of Special Projects at Rosenwald Collegiate Academy, a public charter high school in New Orleans
    • Interests: Learning about vulnerability and leadership and how to lead authentically; reading, working out
  • Favorite B&J flavor: Change the Whirled

About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 14 schools and colleges. Students pursue more than 140 programs of study leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholar, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard also produces more on-campus African American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit www.howard.edu

About Ben & Jerry's
Ben & Jerry's is an aspiring social justice company that believes in a greater calling than simply making and selling the world’s best ice cream. The company produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream and Non-Dairy/vegan desserts using high-quality ingredients and lots of big chunks and swirls. As a certified B Corp, Ben & Jerry's incorporates its vision of Linked Prosperity into its business practices via values-led sourcing initiatives when purchasing ingredients. Ben & Jerry's is distributed in over 35 countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchised Scoop Shops, and via on-demand delivery services. Ben & Jerry's, a Vermont corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, a fair financial return, and addressing issues of social, racial, and environmental injustice around the globe. The Ben & Jerry's Foundation, guided by Ben & Jerry’s employees, granted $3.4MM in 2020 to support progressive, justice focused grassroots organizing around the country. For up-to-date information visit benjerry.com.