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The New Entrepreneur

A Conversation with Lutunji Abram

Lutunji Abram’s background in community development, the arts, and food brings a lot to the table. She has created multiple businesses, including Lutunji’s Palate Bakery & Cafe. In this episode, Chanda talked to Lutunji about her journey to becoming an entrepreneur and the power of finding your purpose.

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Lutunji Abram

Lutunji Abram is CEO and Founder of Voices of Effective Change, Inc. — a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise with the mission to send an effective voice to the masses and stand with young parents and their parents using the tools of personal empowerment and community development. Lutunji is a gourmet Pastry Chef and the founder of Lutunji’s Palate Bakery & Cafe — Built with Purpose; Fortified with Love, located in the Elliot Park community. The business features her famous Harriet’s Escape Buttery Butter and Vegan Peach Cobbler layered with organic coconut oil crust and other gourmet goodies.

Lutunji is a renaissance artist and passionate diversity and inclusion community activist with an eclectic repertoire of works spanning the spectrums of theater, music, education, and civic engagement. Lutunji has a B.A. in Community Development with a minor in Performing Arts Management from Metropolitan State University and an M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Bethel University. She is also a DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative fellowship alumnus and a current REDF fellow.

Her skillful blend of arts, education, and advocacy has far-reaching impacts on varying fronts, including being a John Lennon Songwriting finalist, an opening act for the late Tupac Shakur, The Goodie Mob and others, volunteer poetry teacher to elementary through high school-aged students at Metropolitan State University, baking with youth, tireless contributions as a former legislative aide, and a recurring political campaign volunteer. Lutunji is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Iota Zeta Zeta Chapter and proud Mother of one son, Aaron Lamar Abram, Esq.