Our ASPIRA-USA team members have served in senior management positions as business owners, C-suite executives and on for-profit and non-profit corporate boards. In those capacities they have coached others and assisted in transforming businesses and government agencies to run more profitably and effectively.
Highlights: Developed strategic plans and operational policies and procedures for the Office of the Chief Information Officer within the US Department of Education and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); developed strategic and financial plans for IBM Corporation to ensure customer satisfaction and administrative metrics were achieved; assisted American Express Corporation develop and grow its mergers and acquisition business unit from $5M to ovr $400M in less than five years; leading a team at Newport Board Group to help companies transform, expand or merge with others.
We provide comprehensive custom entrepreneurship workshops for business and government clients through our ASPIRA Entrepreneurship AcademyTM. The course includes weekly excursions to co-working spaces and local businesses and a series of “lunch and learn” presentations to introduce students to local entrepreneurial luminaries. In addition, we launched our New Dawn--New Day! workshops to assist small businesses reinvent themselves in a covid-19 environment and re-emerge successfully in the marketplace.
Highlights: We provided day-and-a-half New Dawn--New Day! workshops, sponsored by the Richmond, VA Office of Minority Business Development, to multiple small businesses throughout various industries. We provided a comprehensive, nine-week course to young adults as part of the Department of Employment Services (DOES) DC Career Connections program, and at the Community College Preparatory Academy (CC-Prep) as part of its adult education curriculum.
Project Management & Grant Advisory
We offer Rural and Urban Municipalities and Agencies technical and non-technical support to help plan, staff and execute projects to achieve desired results. Our team also works collaboratively with our clients to provide data, insights and editorial support for competitive grant proposal writing.
Highlights: Working as part of a collective with Elevated Economic Enterprises and the National League of Cities, we provided research, advisory and editorial support for multiple Municipalities seeking to win competitive federal grant funding for an array of projects enhancing communities and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in those communities.
We provide branding, communications and crisis management strategies for businesses that utilize our years of experience in this industry. We have served as corporate spokesmen, speechwriters, conference speakers and public relations specialists.
Highlights: We co-developed an acclaimed SUCCESS Symposium and Video Library Series for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA); we co-organized and developed websites, public relations, advertising and other promotional material for Zanzibar on the Waterfront; Melody Tavern, the Bahamas HBCUX College Football Classic, the First Baptist Church of Glenarden Faith Festival and the Doug Williams Redskins Celebrity Weekend in Nassau, Bahamas; we received writing and communication awards from the prestigious International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).