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The Keynote, Next City Vanguard

If you would have told me I would be telling a room full of leaders about my passion for Newark and Multicultural leaders I wouldn’t have believed you but that is just what happened. Check out some of the experience.

When I think about all the leaders in this room and talk about innovation, I think your first collaborative project is really yourself. When I first looked at who I was and who I was becoming, I really looked at my tribe who contributed to the man I am today. See, I grew up in Brooklyn, and Brooklyn is so much culturally just like Newark. It’s a mix of black and brown voices, immigrant voices all living together.

The outcome of collaboration is that you have given me more than I’ve given you. We are changed and enhanced because we give each other the best we can in the moment. Be the best version of yourself. Don’t be afraid to allow yourself to be the project of collaboration.

I’m the biggest work in progress ever. The more we bring into our lives, the better we can be. Because every day you’re going to do the work and every day you’re going to remember your mission. Sometimes those days will change someone’s life. Then the next day it might feel as if you’re keeping pace. But understand that when you do get the win, those wins are no longer yours. The wins belonged to your collaborators. The wins belong to your city. At the end of the day, your win belongs to your village. And now you’re part of mine. Thank you.

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