"I think a major act of leadership right now, call it a radical act, is to create the places and processes so people can actually learn together, using our experiences."
Margaret J. Wheatley
President & CEO
Al is a former Army Captain with a Human Resources background. He has been featured and quoted by media outlets from Atlanta, GA to Nairobi, Kenya; including CNN, USA Today, New York Times, NBC, PBS, Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Chicago Sun Times and Business Intelligence Magazine. Al has worked with people from all walks of life; from CEO′s to sanitation workers and every occupation in between. He has provided diversity counsel to civic and religious leaders, political officials, and television news personnel. He learned about managing diversity very early in life via personal interactions with Dr. Martin L. King, Jr′s staff, and later honed his diversity skills in the Army (one of the largest and most diverse organizations in the world) where he held numerous executive positions, including Equal Opportunity Officer (the military equivalent to Diversity Manager).
Al′s memberships include: The Society for Human Resource Management, The American Society for Training and Development, Morehouse College President‘s Young Leadership Advisory Committee, Founding Member of One Atlanta (Leadership Atlanta′s Race Relations Committee), Lighthouse Prison Missions, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the Deacons′ Board at Linked Up Church. He sits on the boards of Landmark Christian School and The C.T. Vivian Leadership Institute. Al′s military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Parachute Badge (Airborne). Al is also Advisor to the U.S. Army for Diversity and Cultural Affairs.
| Dr. C.T. Vivian
Chairman & Founder
- Was a member of Dr. Martin L. King′s Executive Staff.
- Recipient of The Presidential Medal of Freedom – The nations
highest civilian honor, awarded by The U.S. President (Barack Obama).
- Summoned to provide civil rights counsel to five (5) different Presidential Administrations (Johnson, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and Obama).
- Has advised foreign heads of state.
- Regularly highlighted in print and video media. In one year alone he was highlighted in three books, two of which were authored by Pulitzer Prize winners and the other by a U.S. Congressman: The Children, David Habersham; Pillars of Fire, Taylor Branch; and Walking With The Wind, Congressman John Lewis.
- Most recently, in 2008, Vivian founded the C.T. Vivian Leadership Institute, Inc. to create a model leadership culture for the purpose of training and educating the new generation of grass-roots leaders inspired to mobilize a constituency. The Institute is based out of Atlanta, Georgia.
- Addressed the United Nations.
- Addressed the World Baptist Alliance. Was keynote speaker during their conference on “Racism in the World Community“. Shared the platform with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
- Was Action Director of what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called “The best non-violent movement in the nation.”
- Highly respected across the diversity spectrum. His awards include:
- The National Jewish Labor Award, The Martin L. King, Jr. Humanitarian Award, Trumpet Award and The Chicago Allies for a Better Community (Chicano) Award.
- Organized street gangs in Chicago, turning members away from violence, and developing a program that earned them jobs.
- Serves on an independent United Nations Committee on Human Rights Education.
- National Deputy Director of Clergy for Jesse Jackson′s 1984 Presidential bid.
- Made several human rights assistance visits to Cuba and has met with President Fidel Castro to assist with their transition towards cooperating with democracies.