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Vada Manager, President/CEO of Manager Global Holdings chats with SMiles.
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Vada Manager, President/CEO of Manager Global Holdings chats with SMiles.

Nominated and confirmed for his first notable board at age 21 for the Arizona Board of Regents, Vada O. Manager has long been respected as a premier strategist and businessperson. Before forming the diversified Manager Global Holdings LLC (which includes Manager Global Consulting Group LLC), Vada served as Senior Director of Global Issues Management for NIKE, Inc. with direct and virtual management responsibilities in the following areas: NIKE’s global sourcing procedures, brand/marketing communications support for NIKE's subsidiaries, litigation support and athlete/product/corporate crisis management. In assisting the company's global growth plans, Vada provided consultation to several of the company's key initiatives for online commerce and M&A transactions such as the Starter and Converse brands. During his 12-year tenure, Nike's revenues grew from $6 billion to $18 billion. Vada was also promoted, joining NIKE's Corporate Leadership Team - the company's most highly valued team of senior global leaders. During 2020, he joined colleagues as a Principal Strategist/board member of Think TRUE, a diverse multi-cultural marketing agency, incubated by OBE.  Before joining NIKE in 1997, Vada served in a very similar capacity with the executive team at Levi Strauss & Co.'s Global Headquarters in San Francisco. Vada also served as a Vice President of prominent Washington, D.C.-based consultancy -- Powell Tate (now Weber Shandwick). While at the firm, Manager led a team to South Africa to assist in transition consulting with the newly elected administration of President Nelson Mandela.   Manager has an extensive background in business strategy and sports/corporate/brand communications. His past professional affiliations and/or institutional clients include former Secretary of the Interior and Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt, Governor Rose Mofford, Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly (Washington, D.C.); Major League Baseball and the PGA TOUR.  He also served as Vice President of Public Finance for investment banking firm YS&P (now Wedbush Securities). At present, he simultaneously holds a Senior Counselor title at the Washington, DC-based firm APCO Worldwide where he led a client team based in Abu Dhabi, UAE.  Manager also serves as a corporate director for Valvoline Inc. where he worked alongside his board peers/C-Suite in achieving the successful IPO/corporate spin from Fortune 500 specialty chemical company Ashland Inc. creating two value-creating companies. The 2016 Valvoline spin was illustrative of approximately $6.5 billion of ongoing, transformative M&A for Ashland. Manager was chair of the Governance & Nominating Committee; served on both Audit and Compensation. He also serves as Finance Chair/board director for the Helios Education Foundation, the Foresight Foundation for Economic Equity, Genesis City (AZ).  In 2020, Directors & Boards Magazine named him a “Director to Watch”. In 2022, the venerable Arizona Informant newspaper also named Manager among its “AZI Power 50” – featuring influential citizens.  A native of E. St. Louis, IL. Manager is a Hall of Fame alumnus of Arizona State University (B.Sc., political science, “The College”) and was selected as an ASU Trustee in 2019. Vada also performed postgraduate (non-degree) study at the London School of Economics. A frequent presenter about corporate strategy/issues, he has also appeared on CNN, CNBC, ESPN, ABC's Nightline, NBC’s "Today Show” Sports Business Journal, etc.  Vada is also a member of the Sports PR Summit Steering Committee, where he also received the Lifetime Achievement Award (May 2022).  In September 2022, women’s leadership organization “Take The Lead” also bestowed its inaugural Alexander Barbanell “Leading Man” Award upon Manager for his mentoring of women in their careers and corporate boards..    Manager as a trusted advisor to multiple organizations: American Council on Germany; U.S. Military Academy (West Point), (Chair 2008-2019); the Issue Management Council (Chair 2007-2009). Manager also agreed to serve as a senior professional advisor on the teams administering the Democratic National Convention and non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates.    CONTACT: vada@managerglobalconsulting.com 503.807.1635 (mobile/office)  (LAST REVISED – Fall 2022) #JesusistheLordtheLordbeMagnified.
Lynne M. Jackson, a great-great daughter of Dred Scott chats with SMiles.
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Lynne M. Jackson, a great-great daughter of Dred Scott chats with SMiles.

Lynne M. Jackson is a great-great granddaughter of Dred Scott, and founder and president of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation. The goal of the foundation is to promote the commemoration, education and reconciliation of our histories. Dred Scott and his wife, Harriet, were pioneers in the American civil rights movement. Their case, the landmark Dred Scott Decision of 1857, became a major catalyst for the Civil War. Since the inception of the foundation in 2006, Lynne has dedicated herself to casting a new light on the history of her ancestors and the landmark Dred Scott Decision.  For the last 16 years, she has traveled across the United States sharing the story of her ancestors, their case, and how it has impacted our nation.  In 2007, the Foundation started with the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Dred Scott Decision. Under Lynne’s direction, the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation raised $250,000, commissioned and erected a life-sized statue of Dred  Scott and his wife Harriet.  A very special award, the Medal of Honor, was presented to Lynne by the National President of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 2016.  And she is an honorary member of the Daughters of Union Veterans. Hardship, Black Women's Entrepreneurial Network and others. Lynne and her husband, Brian, now reside in the St.Louis area and have two grown children. WWW.DREDSCOTTLIVES.ORG #JesusistheLordtheLordbeMagnified
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SMilesTV presents Dr. Michael Triplett, Ph.D. A Natural "School Turnaround Specialist".
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SMilesTV presents Dr. Michael Triplett, Ph.D. A Natural "School Turnaround Specialist".

Dr. Michael Triplett's book is now available. "Different Thinking Leads to Different Outcomes: How to Reach and Teach the African American Male Student." https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09Y9PYC9M/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_api_i_XRBYFME3REE6JAKCV77V Meet Dr. Michael Triplett, the Assistant Superintendent of Operations at Olathe Public Schools in Olathe, Kansas.  The enthusiastic, innovative, transparent, native of East St. Louis, Dr. Triplett is an educator committed to excellence; and with great humility, he models servant - leadership. He is the fourth of 7 children and has a great heart and love for family.  Dr. Triplett earned a Doctorate in Philosophy in Educational Leadership from Capella University in 2013, and holds numerous other degrees. He has a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University; a Master of Business Administration from Webster University; a Master of Social Work from Saint Louis University; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Lane College. Known as a "School Turnaround Specialist," while serving as Program Director at the Innovative Concept Academy and Principal of Charles Sumner High School, in Missouri, Dr. Triplett increased the student attendance rate by more than 50% and decreased out-of-school suspensions by more than 100%.   Dr. Triplett's unique "swag" has enabled him to reach youth who would otherwise become lost in the system. His success has garnered the attention of many local and national media outlets, including being featured on Tavis Smiley's special, "School to Prison Pipeline". Dr. Triplett is a "Man On Fire" who has an established reputation for "Lifting as he climbs." His motto is, "It takes street sense, common sense and academic sense to make sense because if you can't reach them, you can't teach them." #SMiles #JesusistheLordtheLordbeMagnified! Psalm 40:16 "Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: Let such as love thy salvation say continually, the LORD be Magnified!
SMilesTV features Ian Buchanan, EdD, Founder/CEO Nia Education Group chats with SMiles. #revised
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SMilesTV features Ian Buchanan, EdD, Founder/CEO Nia Education Group chats with SMiles. #revised

A native of E. St. Louis, Illinois, Dr. Ian Buchanan currently serves as Founder and CEO of Nia Education Group,an executive coaching and consulting firm dedicated to helping leaders become their greatest leadership selves. In addition, “Dr. Ian” recently served as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction (or Chief Academic Officer) in The School District of University City (Missouri). Prior to his current roles, Dr. Buchanan worked in the Memphis community, serving as Managing Director of the Parent Leadership and Advocacy Institute (PLAI), an organization committed to empowering parents to influence change in schools and districts. He also played a role in the development of The Memphis Lift, an organization committed to parent empowerment and engagement. Also, during his tenure in Memphis, Buchanan served as Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Achievement School District, a comprehensive, “turnaround” school district. He also played a role in the development of TheMemphis Lift, an organization committed to parent empowerment and engagement. Also, during his tenure in Memphis, Buchanan served as Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Achievement School District, a comprehensive, “turnaround” school district. Over a span of nearly three decades, Ian has served in a number of roles, including high school mathematics teacher, GED teacher, ACT tutor, college admissions officer, National Science Foundation Fellow, assistant principal, principal, and Teach For America Managing Director. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the MASSP Consummate Professional of the Year Award, the St. Louis American Salute to Excellence in Education Award, and the Teach for America Principal of the Year Award. He is highly regarded around the country for his passion and commitment to empowering our communities.Ian has been married for more than two decades to his wife, Carmen. They have one child, Nia, an HBCU alum and elementary school teacher in Atlanta, Georgia.