Founder of the World Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Chief Executive Officer and Board President [ נָשִׂיא (nasiy’) | رئيس (rayiys) ]
Duron founded the organization in 2018 as Generation Innovation with the original purpose of being a co-curricular resource to public, private, and charter schools in providing youth with access to real-world entrepreneurship and innovation experiences. In the first quarter of 2020, under the guidance and direction of Duron, the board of trustees decided to move the organization in the direction of becoming a digital learning school to better serve the needs and wants of a growing diverse population of students in the world. Thus, the World Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship or WAIE (wei) was born.
Currently, Duron serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of the Board of Trustees for WAIE. As the CEO of WAIE, Duron serves as the leader and guide of our faculty, staff, young scholars, and family, with the goal of developing young leaders for a truly just and humane global world.
A Legacy of Leadership
Duron brings over 10 years of experience in education, entrepreneurship, and leadership development to WAIE. Also, he serves as the Owner and Executive Consultant for Tinner Enterprises LLC. Over the years, he has managed, supported, and lead several programs to provide opportunities for youth and communities of color in reaching their self-defined comfortable life.
One of the most notable programs that he has worked on is supporting both Seattle Public Schools and Seattle University in developing an alternative high school on a college campus for youth who the comprehensive school system was not the best fit for their individualized needs and interests. The alternative school supported students in regaining credits and preparing for post-secondary education. Also, a major element of the school was their end of week Adventure Based Leadership program that provided a diverse population of students the opportunity to engage in outdoor education, leadership, and much more.
Another notable program that our CEO has worked on was supporting Seattle Public Schools and Seattle Academies Foundation (SAF) in developing a week-long immersion where students from their finance and hospitality & tourism program from Seattle would visit New York to experience business, entrepreneurship, and the culture of the New York community while building skills for their program in Seattle. Also, as part of that work, he helped students from Chief Sealth International High School in planning and managing a dinner auction event for community partners.
A Vision for WAIE
Duron Jones brings a clear vision for WAIE and plans to help young scholars reconnect to a global view of their culture while preparing for a future that provides their families with generational wealth. As part of his vision he leads by example and exemplifies the core beliefs of WAIE by following both the Hebrew and plant based lifestyles. He is passionate about ensuring opportunities are made available for all young scholars, but particularly young scholars who are descendants of our target populations.