This episode is a great listen as we honor Black History Month. Vanessa speaks to Edward C. Hopkins, Jr., Esq., a renowned privacy and cyber security attorney. As an Air Force Academy graduate and air force veteran, Ed talks about the Tuskegee Experience and the first African American combat pilots. He discusses the importance of the Tuskegee Airmen to Black Air Force Academy cadets, and described their importance to history as an early step in the civil rights movement.
Ed also shares with us a piece of African American culture: the belief that individuals are deeply connected to their ancestors, to the present generation and to generations to come. As a proponent of "stoic leadership," Ed believes deeply that leaders should first focus on themselves, striving to be the best version they can be. Next, leaders should remove barriers to excellence – clear paths so that individuals can grow, develop and succeed. Lastly, leaders should "hold up their end of the bargain," provide opportunities and real mentorship, and treat everyone with dignity. Listeners will enjoy getting to know this very thoughtful and dedicated man.
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