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Meet John Tsaras

In celebration of Black history month 9Paths has chosen to showcase current Black leaders we have had the privilege to work alongside.  Our past is always influencing our present.  And for these stellar Black leaders, they share who have influenced their work, why they believe in inclusion, and how to find visibility in a world where you may be unnoticed.

Who is John Tsaras?

Meet John Tsaras.  John is responsible for leading Dow Chemical’s Advanced Analytics organization and a team of consultants for business intelligence.  He co-lead’s the organization’s IT inclusion efforts and serves on their Global African Affinity Leadership Council.

John is an Enneagram type 3, having high energy for significant results; John is not afraid to tackle big projects.  He leans into championing those around him, bringing positive energy to the workplace while keeping his team engaged.

I had the privilege to work with John’s organization in launching their Advocacy in Action sponsorship program. John was one of twenty African-American proteges who joined our 15-month journey. To say that John brings his best to the workplace is an understatement! John is one of #Dowsbest.

When John first joined Dow, he had to drop his daughter off at school at 8:43 am before coming into the office. His leader understood John’s need for flexibility and chose to focus on John’s results. His leader’s flexibility allowed him to fulfill personal and professional obligations.  This impacted John’s view that the little things do matter in making sure people feel they belong.

What historical person or persons have influenced or motivated you to keep going?

John’s life has been influenced by Nelson Mandela.  Nelson Mandela (1918–2013) was a South African black nationalist.  Mr. Mandela spent 27 years in prison for fighting to dismantle the South African discriminatory apartheid system of racial segregation. Mr. Mandela’s effective negotiations ushered in a peaceful transition to majority rule, and he served as president (1994–99) of the country’s first multiethnic government. 

“Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.” Mandela