I have worked in educational administration for many years, including Katherine Gibbs College, Lincoln Technical Institute, Aviation Institute of Maintenance, and Kay-Bee College, and have also served on educational boards, NAACP Educational Committee, and working as the vice-chair on the Omni Bible University board. I have also seen minorities and small businesses being ignored or deliberately overlooked to the detriment of their communities, problems I tried to address but my ideas and suggestions were too frequently ignored. Seeing that my values were not always consistent with those of my employers, I sought to further my education. I earned a PhD. in Philosophy and Law at Omni University and then a certificate in business law from Alison. Later I furthered my education through the Harvard University Workshop called “Student Identity” and gained the certificate. I continue studying at Harvard University through EDFX Online Platform Harvardx University. My desire is to offer sustainable and affordable education for small businesses and the urban communities whose voices and needs often go unheard in traditional higher education. I myself have seen my hard work and time expenditure rejected, which has inspired me to move forward rather than backward. Truly, my heart’s desire is to do what is best for the future generations.
I have developed a strong determination which lead me to open a consulting company to apply philosophical principles to business. Alone at first, I questioned whether this was viable or not. After all, nobody had done anything like this before. Still, I pressed on but realized I could not do it by myself. I needed to find someone with a similar, or at least compatible, vision. A chance encounter through Toastmasters lead me to my business partner, Robert Fox, who has helped facilitate my vision.
Dr. Fox has a degree in Philosophy from Humboldt State University and another in Religious Studies from John F. Kennedy University. He also has a DHL from Omni University. He taught philosophy, religions, and humanities at a number of community colleges and private universities and institutes for twenty years. In that time, he had served on various academic senates, was faculty advisor to an on-campus philosophy club, represented adjunct faculty with the college’s union, contributed to several program and curriculum committees, and was part of a pilot committee to organize faculty. Two essays of his appeared in the short-lived magazine, Magus, where he also served as a co-editor. A series of changes at the last community college where he taught led him to conclude that the college’s goals and his were not the same. Needing to find another outlet to facilitate his desire to make philosophy both more approachable to the average person and more deeply meaningful, he retreated from conventional education models in order to clarify and strengthen his own vision. A chance meeting with Dr. Holland through Toastmasters gave him the kind of direction he had been looking for. They both worked briefly on developing Holland Enterprises, a consulting firm, when inspiration struck Dr. Holland: A school would better enable their mutual goal of combining business with philosophy. This fit in well with Dr. Fox’s teaching experience as well as his eclectic approach to thought and learning.
I served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps, with combat experience and an honorable discharge. I am now a development instructor and worked alongside Humana People to People in the fight against global poverty. I am the founder of World Digital Marketing and am the Vice President of Operations for the Aegis Institute.
As human beings we are all capable of learning who we are, individually. The issue is people try to intervene and manipulate our life goals and make us who they want us to be, and not who we truly are. In elementary school, teachers ask children what they want to be when they grow up. Common answers are becoming a doctor, scientist, firefighter, police officer, dentist, lawyer, etc.—sound familiar? We are taught that living a successful life means years and years of school to pursue a career that may not be the best for us.
It is OK to own a car wash, a shoe-shining booth, manage a hair salon, manage a McDonald’s, own a septic tank business, or detail yachts if this is your undying passion. We are not taught to follow what we are passionate about. Wealth is not just about money. Wealth and prosperity are a spiritual feeling of abundance. Whatever makes you feel complete is what you should pursue, and if you do not know what that is, we intend to help you find that missing piece.
I came into Aegis believing that there was a missing connection between people’s spirituality and their physicality. I realized that many people are lost and are not aware (I know I was). Society has created lives for many people, and people, knowing or unknowingly, have given their powers away to negative influences. I believe that the person with the low GPA can be a multi-millionaire, or even a billionaire with the right attitude. I believe that with the right attitude, anyone can be wealthy, healthy, prosperous, and whole. Fun fact: many successful people started off extremely poor, some with criminal records, a bunch of debt, and drug addictions. It was the brewing warrior spirit in them and years of fighting that has transmuted into success.
Where does that start? It starts with self-education and understanding who you are as a person.