Phoebe Lee selected to participate in Emerging Young Entrepreneur Program


Phoebe Lee

Phoebe Lee selected to participate in Emerging Young Entrepreneur Program

Phoebe Lee has been selected as one of 13 Millennial CEO’s to participate in the Emerging Young Entrepreneur (EYE) Program sponsored by the National Minority Suppliers Development Council (NMSDC).

Administered by LaSonya Berry, CEO of McPherson/Berry, the program is a year-long commitment that takes the Millennial CEO’s through an intensive curriculum that will develop/tune their leadership skills, maximize business opportunities, and connect them with corporate members nationally.

President of VDP Safety & Uniforms (VDP), Lee is a 2006 magna cum laude graduate of Clark Atlanta University.  She continued her studies as a fashion designer at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Atlanta and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in NYC.  Phoebe also embarked upon a successful modeling career appearing on Good Morning America, The Today Show, NY Live, VH1, among other networks.  She has been featured in several magazines including InStyle Magazine.

Transferring her love for fashion into her dream business, VDP is a provider of safety supplies/equipment and uniform apparel.

Under her leadership, VDP has acquired an impressive client portfolio including Republic Parking, LAZ Parking, Ohio EPA, The Cleveland Job Corp, Franklin County Engineers/ Affinity Apparel, Jacobsen Daniels, RMD Holdings, and Gilbane Building Company, among others.

After a 13 year hiatus, Lee, the daughter of entrepreneurial parents, returned to Cleveland to assume a role that she had been groomed to pursue.  “My parents cultivated a sense of entrepreneurism in my brother and me since infancy.  I sold my friends candy in elementary school. It was the only way of life that I knew.  With VDP, I am doing what I enjoy; it’s where my passions lies,” said Lee.

This appears in OhioMBE – Dec. 1, 2016 

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