BEHIND THE SCENES

the organization behind the festival

In Conjunction With Passion Project Initiative

The Passion Project Initiative’s mission is clear but it’s not easy. We create platforms that cultivate forward progress in our society through education empowerment and community engagement.
With our joined efforts, we develop and facilitate purposeful dynamic programs that empower the members of our community and events that help encourage social change and dialogue; While partnering with advocates who are passionate about social change.
It’s through these pillars of action, derived from our mission, that we seek to create a world that is better not just for us, but for every generation after us.
It’s our world and it’s our responsibility to help make it a better place for our children. That’s what we’re passionate about.

BEHIND THE SCENES

OUR TEAM

Octavia

FOUNDER & VISIONARY

Octavia Edwards is a native of North Charleston, SC. She is a mother, wife, businesswoman, education activist, and social change advocate with a background in leadership development. She is best known as the co-owner of Acute Heating & Cooling, a top-rated HVAC company in Summerville, SC, and the founder and CEO of Passion Project Initiative a 501c3 non-profit organization that creates platforms that cultivate forward progress in our society through education empowerment and community engagement. Octavia has always been passionate about making the world a better place, and she has always been a leader who took initiative to be the change she wants to see.

ANISA

EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATOR

Anisat Shosan-President is a native of Moncks Corner, SC. She is the mother of two beautiful children. She is a graduate of Charleston Southern University with a Bachelor of Business Management. She has a Master of Finance and Accounting from Florida Institute of Technology and is currently pursuing a Masters in Education. . She is currently a CTE Business Teacher at C.E. Williams Middle School where she teaches Entrepreneurship. She is passionate about working with the youth and focusing on community engagement. She is also the founder and director of Shining Starzz, a nonprofit for 6-8 graders that focuses on STEAM.

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CANDICE

MARKETING DIRECTOR

Candice Cohen, is owner & founder of Cohen Brand Management, a Digital Marketing firm in Charleston, South Carolina, a Torch Award winner of the BBB Business of the year. Mom to three and cancer survivor, marketing and creative campaigns are what allows Candice to live her passion for helping small businesses, brands, and causes. Candice is a graduate of Claflin University with a BA Degree in Mass Communications. 

Joselyn

EVENT ORGANIZER

Joselyn Johnson is a native of Goose Creek, SC with a passion for serving her community. She is the owner and founder of Eventions by Joselyn, an event planning company committed to making an impact in the community one event at a time.