Mission, Money and Ministry Motivate This Entrepreneur
Stephanie Thomas-Gordon, a Bronx, New York native, has received recognition for making people’s lives better through community development financial institutions (CDFIs), which are often nonprofits that offer financial services to help underserved communities build wealth—much like a bank would for mainstream America.
On Thursday, June 24, I connect with Stephanie at 11:00 a.m. on a video call. Her small home office in Washington D.C. is curated to impress strangers entering her world. She is not someone who is going to leave any detail to chance. This executive is in control.
The Kid from Youngstown, Ohio: He’s Done Checking the Boxes
The universe will show you your path in life. But it’s not like a Hollywood movie where an angelic figure appears. Often it’s punctuated by a simple action. At an early age, Ronnell Richards received the message and was destined for success when his father, Al Richards, turned around one morning and saw little Ronnell was dressed for kindergarten in a suit—so the story goes, according to Al, over the telephone in June 2022.
Ronnell didn’t need prompting; he just did it. By choosing to wear a suit, Ronnell was signaling that he understood what was expected of him. He was ready.
Former New Britain High School Football Star Prays for ‘Triple Overtime'
In 1960, John “Jackie” Robinson made it to the pinnacle of college football when he arrived on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, as a scholarship player. At Notre Dame, football players are treated like royalty—destined to live their lives in the pantheon of revered athletes. John was ready for his turn on the throne.
Growing up, John’s heroes were Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown and basketball star Julius Erving, better known as Dr. J. As much as he loved sports, John was more interested in the broader world “because I wanted to understand and grasp life.” Life would be a stern teacher, and John would push back.