Stroud Leadership Academy: Stroud Family’s and RACE the Opera’s Giveback Program to Underserved in USA, Brazil, Africa and the Middle East
Imagine a world where everyone had an equal place at the starting line.
The Stroud Leadership Academy develops leaders of character with critical thinking, problem-solving and digital literacy skills, a passion for lifelong learning and an understanding of the psychology of change.
TV Actor & Producer Tim Reid Delivers Keynote Address
The Stroud Leadership Academy in partnership with Osãi, will host the One Heart for Mental Health workshop, a USA – Angola exchange 10am ET Nov 21, 2022.
One Heart is a mental health awareness campaign that will assemble government officials, celebrities, healthcare professionals and the biz and tech communities from two nations, Angola and the United States of America.
Join us 10 am EY Nov 21, 2022 via Zoom.
Osai’s YouTube Live Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_de3u61sSmTtxG86wrNc-w/streams
The Stroud Leadership Academy Story
I’m Frank Shines, grandson of Tandy Stroud and great nephew of Dolphus Stroud, scholar-athletes and entrepreneurs denied opportunities because of their race. Their father was born and grew up on a Texas slave plantation until he was 19 years old. Despite this setback, the first generation out of slavery went on to:
Be honored by Colorado College Stroud Scholars, Lulu (Stroud) Pollard Park, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
Write math formula to safely return Apollo astronauts to earth from the moon
Contend for 1928 Olympics, eight (8) years before Jesse Owens
Earn countless academic honors and awards
Publish the first African- and Native- American newspapers in the Rocky Mountain region
Inspire creation of Sachs Foundation; supported over 3,000 students; became its first scholarship recipients over 90 years ago
Received Eleanor Roosevelt invitation to the Whitehouse for public service award
Be published in The Atlantic (then called the Atlantic Monthly) for the article Black Pride (Kimbal Stroud Goffman)
We hope that in the coming years when we hear the word “race” we will think of a “foot race” or the “human race”.
I have trained and competed with Olympic athletes, flown Air Force jets and traveled the world as an award-winning biz and tech consultant with IBM and EY.
But there was a time when I could not afford bus fare to get across town — let alone fly around the world. I felt the sting of poverty growing up with a single mother on welfare in Oakland, California. As kids, my sisters and I likely saw more tragedy in a year than most Americans experience in a lifetime.
With an empty pocket, a head full of dreams and an insatiable appetite for knowledge, ultimately I was able to earn a Presidential appoint to the US Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs where I studied management and engineering, learned to fly, and captained the men’s gymnastics team.
And it was here in Colorado Springs that I learned the story of my family, whose legacy inspired me to complete the grueling four years at USAFA and go on to make a mark in the world of business and technology.
The Stroud Leadership Academy (SLA), takes the best of what I learned from competitive sports, the Air Force Academy, management consulting -and the Stroud family legacy of character, excellence, faith and perseverance, to create a program to provide training, coaching and mentorship to underserved youth and entrepreneurs in the USA, Africa and Brazil. This leadership program takes a practical, hands-on approach to learning through a rapid “coach and do” method.
Forbes Features Stroud Leadership Academy and Guetto
Forbes Magazine featured GUETTO and the Stroud Leadership Academy (SLA) in its September 2, 2022 Enterprise Tech section.
GUETTO and SLA formed a partnership to coach and mentor Brazilian students and entrepreneurs on business and technology.
Hina Supports Family with Graphic Design
During the pandemic, we lost our top graphic artist, Arifa. She passed away at only 25 years old due to complications during the birth of her first child, The shortage of healthcare providers and supplies contributed to her premature death.
Arifa’s sister, Hina, has stepped up, learning graphics design in order to help support her family, her parents and Arif’a’s infant daughter. A resident of Pakistan, Hina has helped us with several client websites as well as RacetheOpera.com and FrankShines.com.
SLA Helps Umer Grow Startup
Under the guidance of the Stroud Leadership Academy, Umer, a residence of Pakistan, has grown his website creation, SEO and online marketing business. In flooded and war-torn regions, he has trained and hired other family members to work in his growing startup.
He now has more business than he can handle and needs more people to help.
Giveback: Sandra Harry, Creusa Nhanga
Sandra Harry of the Six Sigma Management Institute and Angola TV Host and B2B Entrepreneur, Creusa Nhanga, partner with Stroud Leadership Academy to train future and current leaders in underrepresented communities of the USA, Africa and Brazil
Dolphus Outruns Same Field that Beat Him
In June of 1928, Dolphus Stroud won the qualifying race for the Olympic Trials at Harvard Stadium near Boston. But he was denied travel and funding because of his color. Undaunted, he walked, ran and hitch-hiked for six days, 2,000 miles just to compete. He arrived six hours before the race. RACE the Opera tells the full story.