Kyria Stephens is the Director of Inclusion and Community Initiatives at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, working with the institutions and surrounding neighborhoods to ensure that the opportunities and resources available are known and accessible to all. Kyria was instrumental in bringing EforAll to Buffalo and has been a mentor there since 2021.

What made you want to become a mentor? 

Once I understood the program, I knew it would help people control their destinies. I am an entrepreneur and know how challenging starting a business can be. But I also know how entrepreneurship can change lives, families, and communities. I wanted to help by sharing my experiences. I know entrepreneurship can be lonely and that being a sounding board can be important to keep an entrepreneur motivated, so I jumped in to do my part.

Can you give us some examples of the kinds of startups you have mentored with us?

I mentored a Company Called Warr Room Decompress, a mental health and wellness company that helps people’s moods swing in the right direction. They will have a smash room where people break smash things (LOL!) and a more meditative room with sun lamps, soothing music, etc.

What is your favorite part of being an EforAll mentor? 

The community that comes with it. You join a family! 

What do you think makes EforAll special? 

EforAll is literally a place where people’s ideas and dreams come true. It’s more than special. It’s almost magical.

What advice would you have for entrepreneurs?

Start now! If you are waiting until you have everything figured out, you will never start because you will never have it all figured out. The “right” time to start is right now!

Interested in becoming a mentor? Learn more here.