As we all know, February is Black History Month. It’s a month where we honor those who have made an impact on American culture for equal rights, those who have invented, those who have a helped others and those who have inspired everyone to be the best they can be, not only as a person of color but as a human.
As someone in the technology/web/social space, I often travel and attend various events in the industry and notice a huge lack of diversity, and when it comes to getting attention from mainstream media/tech blogs it’s almost impossible. That’s why I’m starting 28 Days of Diversity on SocialWayne.com. The goal of 28 Days of Diversity is to feature someone new everyday for the month of February for just being awesome in their own right. The list will include some of leaders in the social web space, startups, bloggers, conference organizers, IT professionals and friends not ranked in any particular order. Each post will include a picture, bio, two links from the selected person and this paragraph. So for the next 28 days, come back to visit SocialWayne.com to see who’s on the list. For day 14, I would like to introduce to some and present to others: Hajj E. Flemings
Hajj Flemings is the founder of Brand Camp University (BCU) the premier personal branding 2.0 conference and author of ‘The Brand YU Life: Re-thinking Who You Are Through Personal Brand Management’. Currently he operates as a personal brand strategist, author, speaker and adjunct lecturer focusing on the topic of personal branding.
He has been featured on ESPN.com, BusinessWeek.com, BlackEnterprise.com, various blogs and travels nationally speaking. His clients include Walt Disney, Ford Motor Company, Skechers Footwear, U.S. Department of Defense, University of Michigan, Iowa State University, and Davidson College to name a few. His book was selected as one of Fast Company Magazine’s 2008 Readers Choice Business Books of the year. He is one of the authors featured in ‘Age of Conversation 3’ a collaborative book that brought together over 200 of the world’s best marketing, social media and brand thinkers which is due out in 2010.
As a college student he designed the Equator sneaker that was sold and distributed nationally through a Michigan based company named Mavade Footwear. Hajj was also a managing partner of the Broken Chains Design Group, a small graphical design firm whose ad work has been published in GQ, Men’s Health, and Detail magazines.
He received his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and his MBA from Lawrence Technological University. He is a former collegiate athlete turned adjunct lecturer at his alma mater, Michigan Technological University (MTU). In 2006 he wrote the personal branding curriculum at MTU which he currently teaches.
He recently started working with Michigan Technological University Online MBA as the Program Ambassador/Social Media Coordinator. In this position he manages the social media strategy while cultivating online and offline communities to build awareness in the program.
Brand Camp University – Personal Branding 2.0 Conference
With a desire to be a major player in the personal branding industry he started the Brand Camp Personal Branding 2.0 Conference in 2008. He has taken a personal responsibility and a great deal of pride in creating one of most diversified social media conferences in the country.
Brand Camp is an interactive personal branding and social media conference. The conference features keynote speakers, topic driven panels and workshops that provide attendees with the tools, strategy and inspiration they need to compete in a global economy and share their passion with the world. One of Hajj’s goals is to take the Brand Camp to new markets and he is actively seeking strategic sponsors and partners to make this a reality.
He resides in Michigan and is married to his lovely wife, Kasandra.
Come back tomorrow to see who’s next on the list.
Also check out past entires on http://28daysofdiversity.com