Around the Table

Pizza and community for a more equal future.

On March 19th, Mozzeria CEO Ryan Maliszewski and 11 other change-makers from a variety of backgrounds shared their personal experiences, knowledge, and dreams for building a more equal future for all people.

The theme of the event, “An Equal Future,” encompasses big dreams of sustainable equity for generations to come: “We want a future where one’s zip code should not determine their lifespan, one’s gender or gender identity does not limit professional growth, where the color of one’s skin does not determine how they are treated, and where access to opportunities is open to all,” TEDxCollegePark organizers announced on their site.

Cue Ryan, who shared his insight about the power of Deaf Gain, both in his own life—from the football field to the FBI—and as the engine driving Mozzeria. A wood-fired pizzeria, Mozzeria is much more than a place to grab a bite to eat. It’s a place that creates jobs and empowers deaf people to develop their personal and professional skillsets, and provides a space for deaf and hearing customers to experience an inclusive, deaf-friendly dining experience. As a CSD Social Venture Fund (SVF) partner, Mozzeria’s work is part of our broader mission to cultivate deaf-led businesses as opportunities for the community to thrive.

CSD’s vision for an equitable future stretches far beyond the kitchen, with the Unites Community Foundation at the forefront of that mission. While Mozzeria and other SVF partners continue to grow the Deaf Ecosystem in the world of business, the Foundation hopes to accomplish similar work in support of deaf-led nonprofits and community organizations.

The Foundation seeks to be a central hub for organizations already making an impact in deaf communities, where they can access resources funding and opportunities to connect with one another. By amplifying and investing in the work of those dismantling systemic barriers, we can put more power in the hands of the organizations who know their communities best—and that benefits all of us.

Want to be a part of creating a more equal future? Mozzeria and CSD Unites Community Foundation have teamed up to offer you a great-tasting way to contribute. For a limited time, you can use the promo code TEDXCSD10 to get 10% off* your Mozzeria order, and 15% of sale proceeds will go to the Foundation. With your involvement, the Foundation can continue bolstering the critical work of nonprofit organizations that serve all our communities.

*Promotion active from 3/19-3/31. Offer valid on food and beverage orders only.

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