Los Angeles, a city renowned for its diversity and cultural richness, is home to ten extraordinary individuals recognized for their outstanding contributions to career, business, and social good. Black Professionals Network (BPN) Los Angeles Chapter’s Black Men in Excellence initiative sheds light on the remarkable journeys of these honorees who have not only excelled in their respective fields but have also made indelible impacts on their communities. Let’s delve into the stories of these exceptional individuals who embody the spirit of excellence
Stanley Cortez Webster – Business Owner and Mentor:
Stanley’s journey from a small town in Alabama to becoming one of the youngest Chick-fil-A franchise owners is a testament to resilience and community impact. Mentored by Anita Costello and inspired by Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers,” Stanley not only excelled in business but also became a mentor, coach, and father figure. His commitment to community-building organizations sets him apart as a true leader shaping lives in Los Angeles. Legacy House: Diplomat
Aaron Hall – Non-Profit Leader and Youth Advocate:
Aaron’s story is deeply intertwined with the Crenshaw community, where he found inspiration and purpose at the Crenshaw Y. Returning to Los Angeles as Executive Director of the Crenshaw Family YMCA, Aaron’s journey showcases his dedication to community service and his commitment to empowering individuals. His career with the YMCA has become a legacy, impacting lives across communities.
Rakeem Addison – Community Advocate:
Rakeem Addison is not just a servant but a dedicated advocate addressing food insecurity, financial stability, mentorship, and providing quality sneakers to those in need. Through the Spread Love Foundation, Rakeem’s commitment to fulfilling diverse needs in every aspect of life exemplifies the spirit of excellence and compassion.
Joseph Ward-Wallace – Enterprising Community Advocate:
As the Co-Founder of South LA Cafe, Joseph Ward-Wallace is at the forefront of fighting racial and economic inequality. His mission is to provide a safe space for local residents, ensuring equal access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. Additionally, as Co-CEO & President of the South LA Community Foundation, Joseph is breaking the shackles of systemic oppression and inequality in South Central Los Angeles.
Benjamin Carlton – Entrepreneur and Philanthropist:
Benjamin Carlton is a transformative force for social change, recognized for his leadership in the national movement celebrating Black aspirations. As a co-founder of BMe Community, he has not only influenced national policies but has also invested millions in local community leaders, impacting over 2 million families. Beyond his roles as an actor, activist, and author, Benjamin’s core principle of asset-framing promotes recognizing individuals for their contributions, and he actively advocates for the rights and fair treatment of the Black and LGBTQ communities, with a global impact through initiatives like STAN for LOVE.
Alrick “Butta” Augustine – Entertainment Entrepreneur:
Alrick Augustine, known as “Butta,” is a trailblazing entertainment entrepreneur with a keen eye for creating impactful experiences. His contributions to the entertainment industry have not only elevated his career but have also influenced the cultural landscape of Los Angeles. Butta’s entrepreneurial journey reflects resilience, creativity, and a passion for making a lasting impact.
Doc Campbell – Youth Advocate and Philanthropist:
Doc Campbell, a native New Yorker and visionary founder of Yacht (Young and Creating History Together). His lifestyle brand is dedicated to illuminating and sharing fundamental principles and innovative approaches aimed at enhancing spiritual, mental, and emotional well-being which sets him apart as a beacon of excellence in the city.
Jacques Saint Fleur – Executive Leader and Mentor:
Jacques Saint Fleur, a first-generation Haitian-American, has overcome humble beginnings to become the President of the NETwork Los Angeles and Culture Ambassador for AT&T’s National Business Team. With a background in the U.S. Navy and over 20 years of leadership development, he is now a certified Performance Coach, dedicated to empowering underserved communities through personal and professional development workshops in Los Angeles.
Eugene “Big U” Henley – Community Activist and Mentor:
Eugene “Big U” Henley’s impact as a community activist and mentor is profound, leaving an indelible mark on Los Angeles. His commitment to creating positive change, particularly in underserved communities, reflects a dedication to social good. Big U’s influence extends beyond his entrepreneurial ventures, making him a respected figure in community development.
David P. Anderson, MSSE – Youth Development Advocate and Philanthropist:
David P. Anderson is a nationally recognized leader in afterschool programs and youth workforce development, serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Los Angeles Urban League. With a profound commitment to education and philanthropy, he has significantly impacted over 100,000 students through afterschool initiatives, showcasing his passion for creating positive community change and exemplifying true leadership in transformative endeavors.
The stories of these ten exceptional individuals from the BPN Los Angeles Chapter’s Black Men in Excellence initiative illustrate the diverse and impactful ways they contribute to the city’s cultural fabric. Their journeys, marked by resilience, innovation, and community engagement, serve as an inspiration for all. Los Angeles is not just a city of stars; it is a city where these remarkable individuals shine bright, leaving an enduring legacy of excellence and positive change.
WHO: Black Professionals Network (BPN) Los Angeles Chapter
WHAT: 2024 Black Men in Excellence Networking Mixer
WHEN: Wednesday, February 21, 2024, 6:00PM to 9:00PM
WHERE: (Los Angeles) – The Gathering Spot LA, 5211 W, ADAMS BLVD. LOS ANGELES, CA 90016
Register to attend here