Starlett Quarles

Title/Occupation: Host/President, The Dialogue with Starlett Quarles/urban X marketing

Bio: Recently honored as one of “Los Angeles’ Most Influential African American Movers and Shakers” by Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network- LA, Starlett Quarles is a passionate, long time Community Advocate for the progress of Black Los Angeles and urban communities across the Country. A Third-Generation Angeleno and Community Builder, Starlett’s family has been instrumental in the Redevelopment of South Los Angeles’ urban landscape through the legacy of her grandfather’s Framing and Construction Company; as well as her father’s Real Estate Development Firm. As a result, Community Building is in her DNA. Starlett’s professional experience ranges from being Program Director for a non-profit Community Development Corporation, to Marketing Director of her father’s Real Estate Development Firm, The Bedford Group. In addition, she is also President of urban X marketing, a niche marketing firm that specializes in Urban Marketing, Branding & Community Public Relations.

Title of Talk: Gentrification & The Next Generation

How does this fit in with our theme: By 2020, many of South LA Communities will be gentrified. The demographics and the landscape will look completely different than they do now. The goal of my talk will be to empower the next generation to embrace the inevitable change in our communities and to start investing in them today.