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This Topeka native and skincare company owner will speak at GTP’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit

Christopher Szamosszegi never needed to be an enrolled member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation to know he was Potawatomi.

But doing so helped him discover himself, and keep a connection with his father Robert Kenney after he passed away.

Szamosszegi, a gay co-owner of a successful L.A. skincare company that has catered to celebrities, will be one of three featured speakers Tuesday at the Greater Topeka Partnership’s annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit at Prairie Band Casino.

A descendant of the Pappan family that ferried Topeka’s settles across the Kansas River, Szamosszegi will speak about his experiences as a minority business owner.

“It’s an honor to speak,” he said. “Having some of the successes and accomplishments I’ve had while being in two minorities, I’ve been able to come through all of that as a stronger person, and I hope I can share that.”

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