This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Chattanooga is a team and if you live here then you play for our team. The only way we will maximize our overall talent is to be completely selfless. We must think of ourselves as one neighborhood, one community. We cannot be so concerned with being the best individuals that we forget to assist the people who live, work, and play with us. Our positions of leadership must set the tone. We all must be intentional about assisting each other in personal and professional development. Furthermore, we are only as strong as our weakest link. So if some players are disadvantaged, we must make a conscious effort to uplift them.
James graduated from Bluefield College in 2008 with a bachelor’s of arts in Communications with a concentration in Marketing. Previously a workforce development professional responsible for program development with the Southeast Tennessee Development District, James was named a member of the inaugural class of Protégé Chattanooga—a mentoring program sponsored by the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce to advance the leadership skills of young professionals. He was also named 2013 Young Professional of the Year by the Young Professional Association of Chattanooga. One of the newest members of Sandbox, a society of the world’s most extraordinary game changers, he has emerged into a high impact leader.
In addition to fire-starting talks, James is also author of recently published book #TheHustle. It encourages us to start doing and keep going! His main entrepreneurial venture is being founder of Change-N-Go, an oil change delivery company. His company combines a service that car owners must have, with smart phone technology that most people use. He is also Entrepreneur-in-Residence with Causeway, a community innovation hub aimed to get civic entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to action for a better city. James’ long-term goal is to one day be majority owner of the Memphis Grizzlies.
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