Mr. Community Uplift
I grew up in one of the most underserved communities in a major midwest US city. I went to a small community High School where I was fortunate enough to be introduced to competitive debate. I earned a debate scholarship to a public state university but graduated with a low GPA. I was not able to take full advantage of my college education due to family obligations I had back home. My mother has a chronic illness which required me to take on extra responsibilities during college for her care. I’ve since worked my way up in corporate finance, trying to master my craft and have been rewarded with increasing responsibilities. I am certified as a treasury professional (CTP), CFA, and CPA. I have also taken 16 post-baccalaureate courses, including 7 rigorous math courses from a top tier university since college and have a 3.92 (on 4.0) scale. I sit on a local community development corporation’s board of directors which focused on building affordable housing where I grew up and have been an active leader in the local democratic party. I am also a leader in my companies emerging leaders’ program. I plan to go back to business school to round out my business knowledge, gain credibility to progress in my career and explore paths to becoming an entrepreneur using ETA.
Undergrad School: University of Illinois at Chicago
Undergrad Major: Finance
Age: 33, Ethnicity: Black or African American
Other Degree/Certification: Chartered Public Accountant
Extracurriculars: Delegate canidate to democratic national convention, Board member local community development corp
Title: Global Treasury Manager
Industry: Real Estate
Length of Employment: 1 yr, 1 mos
Title: Global Senior Treasury Analyst
Industry: Real Estate
Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 1 mos
Big Life Wins:
– Established a centralized treasury department at a global firm that doubled in revenue from $1B to $2B. – Play a central role in developing a strategic plan to build 200 affordable housing units in my community. – Ran 3 of the 6 Abbott World Marathon Majors.
Post MBA Goal:
I want to use the Entrepreneurship through acquisition model to acquire and operate a small business then use the model to help more US underrepresented minorities become business owners and bring much-needed opportunities to my community.