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John’s Advice

In celebration of Black history month 9Paths has chosen to showcase current Black leaders we have had the privilege to work alongside. Our past has always influenced our present.

It is the change these Black leaders make today that will pave the way for future leaders. I asked John what his best advice was for Black professionals whose work is unseen, the heart is not heard, or intellectually not recognized. Here’s how John responded:

John talked about adversity.  He understands people face adversity all over the world.  John  believes that “we all face adversity at some point in life.  It is how you respond that is critical. Always stay positive no matter what situation you find yourself.” John believes this positivity will flow into other people creating a world where all people belong.  John has been intentional with giving back this optimistic spirit by offering a helping hand to others.  

John has volunteered for Midland County Habitat for Humanity, helping revitalize town areas that needed reconstructed porches, new paint, front doors, and windows.  John is not afraid to work and to give back. He believes in doing big things; it must be a team effort. 

One of John’s most impactful projects of investing in people and their future was serving as the Asase Foundation chairman. The Asase Foundation’s purpose is to enable Ghanaian Women Entrepreneurs to play a key role in cashing in on the plastic waste trash of Accra and its environs for their communities’ benefit.  John continues to serve on other non-profit organizations aimed at driving a circular economy. Thank you John for sharing your story!