No matter what I'm doing on this entrepreneur journey, sharing the Gospel and glorifying God is at the core of every move - Calvin Campbell
The United States has a rich history of business owners operating their companies in line with their religious beliefs. Some of the nation’s biggest and most popular brands, such as In-N-Out Burger, Forever 21 and Hobby Lobby, share a devotion to religious values and constant resolve to building their businesses on faith. In this Re.engineer Trending Leaders feature, we had the opportunity to connect with Calvin Campbell, winner of our “Celebrate an Entrepreneur” contest and also owner of Love Offensively (www.loveoffensively.com).
Calvin Campbell is a graphic designer turned entrepreneur that is passionate about creating and innovating. Since 2015, he has owned and operated a Christian t-shirt line called Love Offensively and as of June 2019, he is the co-founder of a custom graphics shop called 104 Customs and More (www.104customs.com). As an entrepreneur, he uses this platform as a showcase for his faith and to make Jesus known. Their vision is to create apparel of the utmost quality that opens the door to engage the community around you and their mission is to 1) Inspire believers by showing them that this world is in desperate need of Love, and that they have a significant role to play and 2) Equip them with the resources, knowledge and tools that they need to take a stand for their beliefs in their own communities.
He is married to his beautiful wife Rachel and the father of two wonderful boys, Jeremiah and Malachi. When he is not working, you can find him playing with his boys, serving in his local Church, building & refinishing guitars and always looking for an opportunity to try and learn something new.
I am constantly trying to beat myself at my own game! - Almesha' C. Spotser
Small businesses account for 45 percent of GDP and nearly half of all US employees work for small businesses. They are an anchor within our economy and are great incubators of innovation and creativity. Inc.com highlights that of the 2010 Census, there were 27.9 million small businesses registered in the United States, compared to just 18,500 companies of 500 employees or more. More and more, small business ownership is reflecting the diversity of the United States. As of 2012, 14.6 percent of small business owners were minorities, which includes 2.3 million Hispanic-American-owned businesses, 1.9 million African-American-owned businesses, and 1.6 million Asian-owned businesses.
In this Re.engineer Trending Leader feature, we were blessed to have an opportunity to partner with Almesha’ C. Spotser, owner of AlamaRose, as she shares her perspectives on driving innovation, enhancing the customer experience and working daily to become a better version of herself.
Almashea’ is an Entrepreneur and creative enthusiast. As is a self-taught designer, she has used her talents to build something beyond her professional norm. She has found her place nestled between the worlds of design and motherhood and is creating a space that is focused on helping women remember who they were prior to motherhood. Building upon her expertise in corporate sales, she set out to start her own brand and business, AlmaRose Bags. Her initial thought was to design a great diaper bag that would be cross-functional for the busy mom. The success of AlmaRose Bags has reached all women as far as San Juan, Puerto Rico and Okinawa, Japan to the boroughs of New York and the suburbs of Texas.
Although the bags are the cornerstone of the conception of AlmaRose, she is on a quest to broaden the conversation on the things that mostly affect the lives of women on a more personal level. She is that mom who lost herself in the demands of motherhood. She has been doing the work to reclaim her identity and is a force to be reckoned with in terms of redemption. This Louisiana girl is charming her way through some of the most difficult circumstances to come out on the other side better than before.
From corporate married mom of one to a full time Entrepreneur single mom of two, this HBCU graduate is an expert on resilience. Changing the narrative about what strength looks and feels like to a women is important to Almashea’. Being apart of other women’s lives in the form of a bag is the prelude of her becoming an ally to women in such a way that helps them understand that they don’t have to carry it all by themselves.
Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas - Albert Einstein
In a 2019 article published by U.S. News, the best STEM jobs were ranked and despite what you would consider to be the most popular STEM careers, becoming a Mathematician was ranked #9 of 30 careers, which was several points ahead of traditional Engineering careers. A mathematician can be anyone from your middle school algebra teacher to a computer programmer. Some mathematicians primarily conduct research to explore and develop theories, while others are applied mathematicians who use theories and techniques to solve everyday problems. Theory is a huge part of a mathematician's job. Mathematicians use formulas and models to support or refute theories. Data is also an important aspect in the field, as mathematicians analyze and interpret data for practical purposes, such as business, engineering or science decisions and problems. Common positions mathematicians fill include financial analysts, systems analysts, professors and elementary, middle and high school teachers.
In this Re.engineer Trending Leader feature, we had the great opportunity to collaborate with one of the most brilliant mathematical minds of the 21st century. Born on June 2, 1994, Dr. Elisee (Eli) Joseph was born and raised out of Brooklyn, NY. In 2012, he graduated from Benjamin Banneker Academy with academic honors, and in 2015, he graduated from Queens College with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics after completing a 30-credit load (10 courses) semester. During his time as an undergraduate student, Eli was a dual student-athlete, serving as a member of the Men’s Basketball (2013-2014) and Track & Field program (2014-2015). As a student-athlete, he earned 4 All-ECC accolades (Division II) in the 110 and 400-meter hurdles and as part of the 4x100-meter relay, 4x200-meter relay.
While working full-time on Wall Street, Eli pursued his master’s degree in business administration at the Brooklyn College, where he completed the curriculum in 1 year (May 2016). In August 2016, he left Wall Street to pursue his Doctorate degree in Business Administration (D.B.A.) at Felician University. As a 22-year-old doctoral student, he became a business faculty member at Marymount Manhattan College- teaching courses in Business Statistics, Economics and Information Technology. By the age of 23, he became an Economics faculty member at Queens College, where he also gave a TEDx talk, discussing the idea of determining team success without the use of a scoreboard in sports.
By the age of 24, Eli became a faculty associate at the Columbia University School of Professional Studies, teaching applied analytics courses to graduate students. In addition to becoming a member of the Grammy Recording Academy (GrammyU), he was also awarded the Forbes Under 30 Scholars distinctions in 2018 and 2019. In May 2019, he completed and successfully defended his doctoral dissertation, becoming the first scholar in the history of Felician University to ever graduate with a doctorate degree in Business Administration. Eli also completed the CORe (Credential of Readiness) program at the Harvard Business School.
I’ve found a lot of success in my chosen field of engineering and I honestly credit this to believing that I'm the only thing that can limit my accomplishments then choosing to live a limitless life - Millicent Gilmore
The increasing amount of African Americans studying and working in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields is revolutionary. Largely due to the efforts of the country’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), African Americans are entering their STEM degrees better equipped to thrive in college, to graduate and to find successful careers. Did you know that 25% of African American graduates with STEM degrees come from HBCUs and that HBCUs graduated 46% of black women who earned degrees in STEM disciplines between 1995 and 2004? In this Re.engineer Trending Leader feature we recognize Millicent Gilmore as prominent HBCU graduate and Engineering Leader that has navigated corporate America to deliver STEM excellence across several engineering platforms.
Millicent is the mother of five children and three bonus children, and the Engineering Manager at the largest chemical manufacturing company in the world. She has applied her technical and management skills to develop creative, sustainable, engineering solutions for difficult issues faced at most production facilities. Millicent leads a team of engineers and engineering technicians that are accomplished change agents and together, they have successfully implemented projects that begun as concepts or out-of-the-box ideas, that are now being duplicated on a global level. She also mentors other engineers, participates in community projects and spends a tremendous amount of time working on STEM events for girls in the Huntsville, Alabama school district.
When Millicent is not serving her engineering team, she flexes her creative side of her brain by playing the piano and creating new recipes in the kitchen. “I’ve found a lot of success in my chosen field of engineering and I honestly credit this to believing that I'm the only thing that can limit my accomplishments then choosing to live a limitless life”!
A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out - Walter Winchell
This quote reminds me a dear friend as we worked side by side to either put down or stack up hundreds of sanctuary chairs to prepare for Sunday morning and Wednesday evening church service. In those critical moments to prepare the sanctuary for God’s people, Mr. Cornelius Harrison III was always present to help the facilities ministry. Many times he was one of the first brothers on site and one of the last to leave and because of his service, I will always be indebted to him and his family. In this Re.engineer Trending Leader feature, we celebrate Mr. Harrison not only for his work in the community but also his talent as an artist, as he is blazing new trails in the Christian music industry.
Cornelius is a singer/rapper/song writer and also an author of soon to be released books “Identifying the True You: Discovering and Encountering Who You Are in God” and “They Are Men of Power: You are Made Strong in Your Weakness”. His recent projects include, “Oh My Jesus” which is his first Single & Music Video. He graduated from The University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Business degree and is CEO/owner of Harrison Powerhouse Publishing, LLC. Cornelius currently works at the International Longshoreman Association as a crane operator. He was born in Houston, Texas and currently lives in Pearland, Texas with his wife of 11 years, who is a Hospital Administrator/ Registered Nurse and a 5-time cancer survivor.
Established in 1941, the Southern University Alumni Federation has served as the voice for alumni for over 77 years. The Federation’s mission is to support the goals and objectives of the Southern University System. Consisting of more than 100,000 alumni, the Southern University System is actively engaged throughout the United States and the globe. Led by a history of dynamic, dedicated and capable leaders – the Federation strives to keep graduates connected to opportunities, recognize alumni accomplishments, bring awareness to issues that affect the University and above all continue the fight to preserve the University and its mission.
I recently connected with an awesome young leader that is using his foundation in leadership and engineering to be a force that is out of this world! Mr. Benjamin's success has been nothing short of amazing and his talents "On and Off" the field have enabled him to break through barriers in his academic, athletic and professional careers. He is definitely a rising, trending leader that will be one to watch as we progress through the 21st century. I am blessed to have met him at this stage of our careers, even though our roots trace back to our alma mater, Southern University and A&M College. His story is one that should inspire us all and challenge us to not take the easy way out and cut out all complacency.
Mr. Benjamin graduated from W.S. Neal High School in East Brewton, AL in 2003 with a 4.5 GPA, All-State Honors in three different Sports and a bright future ahead. He has since been inducted into the W.S. Neal Sports Hall of Fame. From Neal, Mr. Benjamin attended Southern University and A&M College where he was a part of the Jaguar Football team from 2003-2008, a graduate of the Southern University Honors College and a recipient of an honors Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Also while at Southern University, Mr. Benjamin became a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated. After Southern University, Benjamin started his career with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL as an Operations Controller for the International Space Station (ISS). During his career at NASA, Benjamin has received numerous awards for his hard work and determination in Payload Operation on-board the ISS. Also while at NASA, he has taken part in the agency NASA F.I.R.S.T Program which is an agency wide effort to mold the next group of leaders. Mr. Benjamin was recently chosen as a Management Intern for the Center Director of the Marshall Space Flight Center and also selected to perform duties as a Payload Operations Director. Benjamin also holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management/Program Management from the Florida Institute of Technology. Mr. Benjamin also has an entrepreneurial mindset and has numerous businesses outside of his daily work. He is part owner of the Huntsville Rockets Football Organization, produces and writes music, and also part owner of Mother Hemp, a wellness company based out of Memphis, Tennessee.
In this re.engineer feature we invite Roger Tetrault Jr., a Senior Instrument & Electrical (I&E) Maintenance and Reliability Technologist for Dow Chemical to share his perspectives on following your passion for technology while also extending that passion across multiple generations of professionals. Roger has over 13 years of industry experience both inside and outside of chemical manufacturing and one of his core responsibilities is being a technical resource to other technicians as they partner to solve complex I&E challenges. Throughout his career, he has also collaborated with operations and the various engineering functions to identify solutions to high level, long standing reliability problems and as a result, he has been able to minimize unplanned events for the business customers that he supports.
Very early in life, Roger was the kid that installed everyone’s car stereos and electronics. At some point he realized that he could leverage his skills to the marine crafts, so he began installing stereos, auto pilots and GPS systems on boats. The experience and knowledge that he gained with marine crafts opened up an opportunity to work as a military contractor fabricating, installing, maintaining and repairing electrical, communications, and weapons systems on special operations boats. Roger entered the industrial world as an electrical apprentice, and he eventually went on to attain his Associates of Applied Science degree from Brazosport College while working full-time and fulfilling the role of husband and father, a role that that he takes very seriously. During this time he received multiple NCCER certifications and graduated both the Project Management and Project Supervision Academies. Roger became a Dow employee in 2016 and since then, he has served as a mentor and trainer in the Dow apprenticeship program, joined the adjunct staff at Brazosport College and is planning to complete his Electrical Engineering degree. Roger is considered to be a leader in his industry and I am very blessed to have connected with him as we are both working towards giving back through collaboration.
It’s not often that I get an opportunity to feature a childhood friend, so this week’s Re.engineer Trending Leaders feature is very special to me. I have know Mr. Kenn Barnes Jr., Esq. since the days of Nintendo Super Mario Brothers and sandlot tackle football and I am extremely excited to collaborate with him on a professional level.
Kenn serves as Special Counsel-Criminal Justice to the Louisiana Supreme Court. His duties include assisting with the Court’s pretrial services, specialty court programs across Louisiana, serving as liaison between the Louisiana Supreme Court and the Felony Class System Task Force, Louisiana Public Defender Board, Louisiana State Law Institute, and has recently been appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards to the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Committee on behalf of the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Kenn received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Louisiana State University in 2011 and received both his Juris Doctorate and Diploma of Comparative Law from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University where he served as Executive President of the Student Bar Association in 2015.
Join us as Kenn provides some perspectives on being a leader within the criminal justice system.
Last year, Google announced the findings from an internal study that looked across teams to determine the most innovative and productive groups within the company. They found that their best teams weren’t the ones full of top scientists. Instead, their highest performing teams were interdisciplinary groups that benefited heavily from employees who brought strong soft skills to the collaborative process. Further research revealed that important predictors of success within Google were skills like good communication, insights about others, and empathetic leadership. But it’s not just top tech companies that are finding value in these types of skills. A Twitter poll from edX found that people think teamwork and collaboration are the most helpful soft skills in the workplace, followed by critical thinking, public speaking and persuasive writing.
In this re.engineer feature we invite Ashley M. Martin, soft skills trainer, to share her perspective on what it takes to be successful as a professional. Teaching is Ashley's passion and the mantra of “You learn something new every day” is a philosophy that she lives by. She blends her love for educating, encouraging, and equipping others into dynamic conversations, training sessions, and talks.
You can find more information about Ashley at her website: www.iamashleym.com