About the Business Leadership Council
The mission of the Business Leadership Council is to advocate to Chicago land corporations, non-profits, local, county and state government about the importance of doing significant business with African-American owned firms on a consistent and on-going basis, primarily through organized contacts with the leadership of the entities.
The Business Leadership Council believes that all of these entities must recognize the value of working with African American owned businesses and do more to provide contracting opportunities to African Americans doing business in every professional service as well as traditional construction and real-estate related businesses, which benefits the African American community.
Inherent to this mission is the development of young corporate professionals and business owners to become the next generation of corporate and political leaders.
Influence policies and business practices to increase opportunities for African American inclusion.
Advocacy through organized contacts with the leadership of corporations, institutions, and with elected officials.
Growing African American owned businesses to scale and capacity, advancing the careers of African American corporate professionals, developing the next generation of leadership, raising the standard of living in the community.
The Beginning – History of the Business Leadership Council
In 2010, several prominent African American corporate professionals and entrepreneurs came together and pooled their resources to support African American leadership in politics and business.
The group realized that the African American business leaders needed to speak up for the community as well as be a representative voice to advocate for economic parity, effective political representation and with regard to social issues affecting us all, thus the Business Leadership Council was formally organized in February 2011.
I’ve mastered the ability to elevate small talk into medium talk. Try me! My biggest pet peeve is negative people. Why? Ain’t nobody got time for that.
Retirement is great once you adjust to it. It allows my wife and I to enjoy Chicago in the spring and summer, and enjoy traveling a great deal for the rest of the year.
I am a history buff and humanist. Learning of the struggles and triumphs of my ancestors has helped me better understand my plight and responsibility. Everybody has a story and there is so much that we can learn about others through hearing their experience. Chicago is a big city but feels like a small town, and I enjoy every corner of it through its rich history, art, culture, architecture music and people that call it home.
To whom much is given, much is expected.
My drive and commitment is founded on the belief that it is important to the health and well being of our community to have balance and collaboration between the business, civic, economic and social elements of the city of Chicago.
My greatest growth has come at times when I have stepped outside of my comfort zone.Part of my purpose in life is to bring people together around common goals and shared interests.
Success is not about how smart you are. It is about how much passion and determination you have to relentlessly pursue your dream. You must be self-confident. Some may call it an ego. But you must believe in yourself, because there will be many others that will not believe in you or your idea.
We are our brother’s keepers.
Understanding that I stand on the shoulder of giant’s, I view it my responsibility to take advantage of every opportunity afforded to me. Not just for my benefit, but also so that the generation that follows will have the opportunity reach even higher heights.
I get complete joy and delight- seeing a near abandoned Black Boy – go on to complete 4 years at Urban Prep, mature and be admitted to a 4 year college.
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