2019 MODERN MEN
After earning a degree in sociology, tax attorney Andre Barnett took a career risk that changed his life; now he mentors others in the profession.
In my role as a financial planner, I have the awesome opportunity to help first-generation wealth builders, a lot of whom are black Americans, create generational wealth and legacies for their families. I truly feel that the work I’m doing is helping to close the racial wealth gap.
BE Modern Man Charles “Chazz” Scott teaches youth about positive thinking, meditation, emotional intelligence, and other principles to achieve success.
I was always told that your education and experience is worthless unless you go back home and share it. That is something that still resonates with me and, because of it, I do my best to do just that. I am forever grateful for my experience at an HBCU and I try to integrate it in any project I may be working on.
As the director of strategic planning and performance management for Palm Beach County, I have had the awesome opportunity to work with the Board of County Commissioners, the County Administrator and over 30 departments to establish the strategic priorities, direction, and performance management and improvement that impacts over the 1.4 million residents of Palm Beach County.
I run the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), which represents the largest group of black film critics and journalists in the world. We are best known for producing the AAFCA Awards Gala that recognizes the best in film each year.
Tech company manager Phil Terrill’s definition of what manhood is is framed by a passion for brotherhood and being a source of support for young black men.
With a foundation of faith and family values, George Cleveland strives to be the best version of himself as a husband, father, and telecommunications exec.
In four years, Robert M. Gordon IV has led Paul Robeson High School from the brink of closure to recognition as the “2017 Most Improved High School” in the City of Philadelphia.
Evin Robinson is a co-founder and president of an award-winning, early-pipeline technology talent accelerator on a mission to prepare the next generation of leaders by creating pathways into degrees and careers in technology.
Tony Lynn, a small business program manager at Facebook, says small businesses serve an important role in empowering black communities.
Sheldon Smith founded The Dovetail Project to help young, black fathers understand their roles, rights, and responsibilities of being a parent.
The social responsibility manager of the Orlando Magic created a network of gentlemen driven to promote growth in their community and among each other.
I’ve dedicated my career as an impact investor to educational access and supporting those who have the desire to become entrepreneurs, because I believe there is far too much genius that goes untapped, which is unfair for young people and bad for our economy.
Over the past 13 years, Jason Watts has grown The Urban Professionals Network from a local endeavor in his home state of Connecticut to a networking enterprise with far-reaching brand presence and impact.
Former football star Maurice Clarett overcame his own personal challenges with mental illness and substance abuse to become a mental health champion.
Jeff Shuford, one of the youngest nationally syndicated columnists in the nation, is syndicated to 44 regional business publications.
Over the last decade, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to help build stronger and more inclusive local entrepreneurship ecosystems across the country and around the globe. I find great value in working with leaders to identify and connect the various components to create stronger, more inclusive startup communities.
The Lives of Men Founder Jason Rosario motivates men to do the work necessary to become the best versions of themselves and achieve healthy manhood
What we’ve accomplished was unimaginable. I never thought that I would ever teach at Harvard University—let alone create an unprecedented pipeline and platform for a group of Black kids to make history on its campus. I’ve been blessed to now open doors of opportunity for others that I never had as a kid.
JOURNi co-founder Richard Grundy helps to lead a nonprofit focused on empowering young Detroiters in underserved communities through tech education, design thinking, and entrepreneurship.
Since battling illiteracy in his own childhood, Donald Barnett III has become a co-founder of a nonprofit that delivers free books to low-income children.
Actor, author, entrepreneur and speaker Justin Key elevates himself and impacts others with a limitless mindset of servant leadership.
Photographer and filmmaker Marcell Pickens provides the “filmmarketing” exposures that small business owners need to prosper.
Founder and CEO of The Yunion, Jason Wilson is a proven champion of healthy masculinity, with over 14 years of experience in training and developing young black men. Under his leadership, The Yunion has effectively reached more than 10,000 youth and young adults in Metro Detroit.
BE Modern Man 2019 cohort and leadership coach Rahshib Thomas moves through life with authenticity while helping other professionals of color build successful relationships.
2019 BE Modern Man cohort and social media pro Alex Bryant brings new meaning to the term “influencer” as a transformational voice.
2019 BE Modern Man Louis Macarthur is focused on serving Los Angeles communities as he practices his philosophy of mentoring for impact.
2019 BE Modern Man of Distinction Daniel Jean wants to inspire one thousand people of color to earn Ph.D.s before he retires.