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Membership with the Business Leadership Council provides a number of benefits, including leadership development, increased access to contracting and business opportunities, connections to prominent African-American business leaders and much more.
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Sustaining Leaders are found in the C-Suite and at the helm of highly successful entrepreneurial ventures. These leaders use their professional expertise to lead civic and community activities for the betterment of the African American community.
Established leaders have more than ten years experience and sought-after business acumen. These leaders aspire to enhance their professional relationships to build business, engage civically and participate in community leadership for the betterment of the African American community.
Emerging Leaders may be new or newly established business owners or corporate professionals who endeavor to excel and consistently strive to enhance his or her business professional acumen necessary to be a business leader engaged in activities for the betterment of the African-American community.
Civic/Community Leaders have a connection to business leaders through government agencies, elected positions, community-based organizations and related not-for-profits
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I love jazz and think there are stories on Black lifestyles that have been mistold, untold and need to be retold. Chicago is the greatest city and is where the world lives. Nothing like a bike ride on the lakefront in the summer time. Tennis anyone?
I believe inherently that it’s a blessing to be able to look back at where you came from, but that it’s more important to reach back. It’s remarkable to me that some 230 years after DuSable settled in Chicago, it is- although a city of world renown- still the best kept secret in the universe; A collection of neighborhoods and languages and people. I feel completely committed and responsible to always making sure that she can be the best city possible.
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.
My personal path to success is exemplified by the following poem that I live by: I’m tired of sailing my little boat, far inside the harbor bar. I want to go out where the big ships float, out on the deep where the great ones are. And should my frail craft prove too slight for waves that sweep those billows o’er, I’d rather go down in the stirring fight than drowse to death at the sheltered shore.
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.
My personal path to success hasn’t been very personal, but a shared journey with a lot of help from many others (my wife, parents, mentors, colleagues and friends). Since I’ve had a lot of help along the way, I am passionate about mentorship and helping others achieve their goals and successes in life (particularly our youth).
One of the most significant challenges facing the African American Community is the quality of education provided to our youth. It is important that all of us contribute to the improvement of education in our community. In my spare time, I enjoy golfing and traveling abroad.
My personal interest and passion revolve around the journey of our youth …. “From City Streets to Wall Street”. Our future depends on our investment in our youth today from the corporate world, Public Sectors to Entrepreneurial Ventures. This drives my passion with Learning, Sharing and Scaling within our communities.
Among the hallmarks of our operations is an abiding commitment to provide strong customer relations and customer service, and to apply best industry practices and the latest technological solutions available around the world.
Leadership to me means having passion about what you do and perseverance to achieve your goals. I believe that leaders are ordinary people who accept or are placed under extraordinary circumstances that bring forth their untapped potential, producing a character that inspires the confidence and trust of others.