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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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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.
Each of us has a responsibility, indeed a duty to not only pursue personal, professional excellence, but the seemingly elusive communal excellence which cannot occur without direct and informed engagement. This further requires a purposeful existence with a clear set of objectives: focused, deliberate strategies which result in better opportunities in the legal and business professions, proper government services and improvements in the neighborhoods of Chicago. The aforementioned is where my interests can be found.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 am an avid golfer. It not only provides relaxation, exercise and a friendly competitive spirit, it is a great way to talk business among colleagues. My firm belief in the mantra, “To Whom Much is Given, Much is Required,” motivates me into giving back and helping others. Taking the time to mentor the next generation is a priority for me.
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).
I was always taught to leave people and situations better than I found them. My goal both personally and professionally is, and always has been, to do just that.