From Corporate Trainer to Social Entrepreneur
I'm Alice Margie, Turner, a former corporate training executive for Travelers and Cigna. At fifty-something, my corporate career ended abruptly for the second time, and I asked myself, "Now what do I do?"
It was 2010. I enrolled in Encore! Hartford, a nonprofit leadership development program. Through my Encore! experience and fellowship, I rediscovered my passion for education and reimagined my childhood dream of empowering young minds through culture, community and education.
After working part-time as an adjunct faculty and substitute teacher for five years, I needed to find a way to live my dream and follow my passion full-time. In 2017, it happened. I launched URISE as a nonprofit based in Northeast Hartford's Promise Zone followed by Omni Print Plus in 2021, a non-profit digital media, design and marketing social enterprise.
In 2021, on the very day I celebrated my 65th birthday, I made my part-time passion my full-time commitment and opened the doors to The Business Resource and Innovation Center aka The BRIC proving that dreams really do come true.
Moral of my story: "You're never too old and it's never too late to dream, do good and make a difference in your community."
Board of Directors
Board President for URISE Ventures Inc.
Vice President, Community Development Officer
Managing Partner Fairview Capital
CEO of Access Health CT
Meet Omni Print Plus - our new social enterprise. Omni is a print and design shop dedicated to serving our students and our community. Help us get started!