"It is always great for new entrepreneurs to hear from someone just a few steps ahead of them. With a shop that is only 3 years old, I can share on a experience that feels attainable but also with enough success to be intriguing to a mentee."
Co-Founder | Brooklyn Tea
expert in tea, retail operations, pop-ups, online sales
instagram // @brooklyntea
Jamila Wright is a proud native of Southwest Atlanta. After graduating summa cum laude from Spelman College in 2010, she became an elementary school teacher in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, NY. While pursuing her Masters in Early Childhood Development, Jamila rose to become Dean of Students. Later, she took an education consultant position at NYC’s Dept. of Ed. It was through her experience as as educator that came to understand the value of building and maintaining strong culture and positive space.
In 2017, she launched Brooklyn Tea as online business with her now husband, Ali Wright. The two spent the first year participating in street festivals, pop-ups, and private events to get the company’s name out there. In December of 2018, they opened their first brick and mortar, becoming one of only two black-owned tearooms in NYC.
Since then the company has gone on to be featured in The Brooklyner, New York Magazine, Self-Magazine, Goop Magazine, USA Today, News 12, Channel 2 News, a Shonda Rhimes’ Tweet, Beyoncé’s Black Parade List of curated black businesses, and others. Their company empowers people to explore healthy alternatives, build strong community through safe space, and promote generational wealth.