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Coffee, community, and connection are the ways that Joe and Celia Ward-Wallace advocate for their South Central LA community. As founders of the South LA Cafe and the South LA community nonprofit, this dynamic duo is paving the path toward food justice and community health. Learn how Celia, with her coaching and consulting background, and Joe, with his firefighting background, came together to create a place of gathering.

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About Celia Ward-Wallace:

Celia Ward-Wallace is a leading business coach and consultant for social enterprises creating a business with an impact. She is an internationally recognized empowerment, entrepreneurship, and leadership expert who leads her clients to start, launch, and grow purpose-driven businesses and become thought leaders through entrepreneurship, coaching, speaking, writing, community building, and activism. Celia’s coaching and consulting firm The Ward-Wallace Group, has worked with over 1,000 social enterprises, non-profit organizations, brands, coaches, and entrepreneurs to help them launch and scale world-changing ideas. Their impressive corporate client list includes The Honest Company, Downtown Crenshaw, The Los Angeles Urban League, LAFD, USC, UCLA, and the Leimert Park Village Vendors. She also serves as a contributor for the Huffington Post, a featured guest expert for ABC7 Eyewitness News & an awarded Top 20 Business Coach in Los Angeles. To learn more about Celia here and connect via email at info@southlacafe.com.

About Joe Ward-Wallace:

Joe Ward-Wallace is a life-long resident of South Central Los Angeles, a retired Los Angeles City Fighter, and a sales and marketing expert with over 25 years of business experience. A child of evangelists and entrepreneurs, Joe brings his unparalleled faith and resilience to all of his diverse ventures, which include real estate investing and management, an impressive career as a college basketball referee, and founder and CEO of the SLAC ecosystem which. aims to break the shackles of systemic oppression and inequality by creating, building, and empowering an equitable, healthy, and sustainable South Central community for all. To connect with Joe or learn more, visit or email at info@southlacafe.com.