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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’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.
You have to be careful who you share your dreams with because people will tend to share their fears. What you are actually hearing is what they can’t do.
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.
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.
I am a lifelong Chicagoan and believe Chicago is the greatest City in the world!!! I love running and participating in Triathlons. I’m a die-hard Bulls fans and will only cheer for Chicago teams, except the Cubs.
We are our brother’s keepers.
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.
I was nineteen years old, sitting in my dorm room, feverishly flipping through the pages of the autobiography of the late Reginald Lewis, founder of the private equity firm TLC Group. I was already fascinated by the fact that Lewis, a trained attorney, purchased an underperforming sewing pattern company for $22.5 million. But when I learned that he financed the transaction with only 16% equity, I was awestruck. And when I learned how in just three years he was able to increase efficiencies, improve sales, strengthen cash flow, and sell the company for $65 million, I was sold. At nineteen years old, I realized that I would one day acquire a company, improve it, sell it for a measurable gain, and repeat.
Chicago is a world class city. Being from this elite city allows me to have world class thoughts. At a very young age, I realized that I was the author of my fate and that fate includes helping others and being around people that didn’t think alike. Helping others achieve their goals brings me gratitude. My life is as unique as the architecture you see throughout this beautiful city
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.