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. For the past two years for Black History Month, I started an online series called 28 Days Diversity where I would feature someone new everyday during the month of February for just being awesome in their own right. Even though it’s black history month, the goal for 28 Days of Diversity is to feature not just African-Americans but other minorities in the web/tech space. Also note that 28 Days of Diversity is not a popularity contest or an influencer list but a list of thought leaders in the social web sector, including entrepreneurs, bloggers, conference organizers, IT professionals and friends not ranked in any particular order who I have either met in person or followed online. Each post will include a picture, bio, two links from the selected person and this paragraph.
For 2012 I wanted to not just feature individuals but also ask a question to where each featured person could share their passion with others. For 29 Days of Diversity 2012 each post/person will answer the question “What motivates you to become successful?”
For the next 29 days since 2012 is a leap, come back to visit SocialWayne.com/tag/28daysofdiversity and/or 28daysofdiversity.com to see who’s on the list. For day 16, I would like to introduce to some and present to others:
Born in South, moved to SF to be a lawyer. I fell in love with Startups all by accident. I fell into Black Founders in a similar way.
I was close friends with two black entrepreneurs. We discovered that many black entrepenuers did not know that there was someone like them. Initially, when we started Black Founders it was with a goal to connect entrepreneurs of color. Very quickly we discover that there was a need for more than just connection but also education.
What most people do not know about me is that prior to law school I was a teacher. I also come from a household filled with educators. I love the fact that BF is creating quality educational events that help blacks succeed. I love the fact that we are giving a broad group of people tools to help them move forward.
What motivates you to become successful?
I want to leave a legacy that matters. I want to know that the world is better because I have been here. Both my legal work, Black Founders and my future non-profit motivate me.
You can follow the status of 29 Days of Diversity 2012 on http://28daysofdiversity.com, http://socialwayne.com/category/28-days-of-diversity/ and syndicated on BlackWeb 2.0.