Current / Past Place of Employment: Currently employed at Black Achievers, Inc. and previously employed at Fifth Third Bank.
How many years have you been in the region? all of my life.
Where are you originally from? Born and raised in Cincinnati.
Michael Moore is the founder of Black Achievers, a 501 (c)(3) organization with over 4,000 members in Cincinnati and nearly 30,000 members nationwide. Michael’s mission is to build a network of Black professionals who can work together to make the world a better place for everyone to live.
He is the author of “Achieve Your Dreams, The 9 Principles of African American Success”. Michael’s book inspires people to reach their full potential in life.
At the age of 19 Michael taught himself how to write computer code. He started designing and programming websites for businesses as a hobby while still in college. He eventually started his own web development business which he grew into a million-dollar per year business employing over 10 people.
Michael has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He has also worked in corporate America. He has been an account manager for a Fortune 500 Company where he managed a $5 million dollar business unit in the Engineering field. He also previously worked as an IT Project Manager overseeing project teams at Fifth Third Bank.
What are your personal core values?
Trust, dedication, hard work and integrity are my core values. I live by the golden rule to treat others as you wish to be treated. I believe we have an obligation as human beings to help build people up and not tear them down.
In what ways are you involved in the Cincinnati community outside of your professional endeavors?
I am an active trader of stocks, bonds etc. I also participate in many investment groups throughout the city. I volunteer and mentor young professionals and give them career advice. I mentor entrepreneurs on how to take the leap and pursue their dreams. I also sit on the diversity committee for the Goering Center and help with event planning for the Leadership Council for Nonprofits.
Looking at your professional career, outside of family and friends, where have you garnered your support?
I have garnered support from other professionals who believe in helping improve racial equity in Cincinnati. Major institutions in Cincinnati have supported me and my vision for Black Achievers. Namely, ArtsWave, GCF, Gilman Partners, Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Council, Kroger, Duke Energy just to name a few.
What legacy do you hope to leave behind?
I hope to leave behind an organization that helps uplift the Black community and makes the world a more equitable place for all people to live regardless of race.
How do you define success?
I define success as helping others reach their full potential. As a leader I know I can not help everyone but if I can help even a few people that I meet along this journey then I would consider that success.
What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?
I am currently taking a leadership class offered by Gilman Partners called Elevate. An excellent program to help leaders manage growth. I find reading leadership books and attending leadership workshops helps keep me up to date on best practices.
What piece of advice have you received along the way in your career or life journey that has stuck with you? My mother was very influential in my belief in myself. Her best piece of advice was to always be a man of action and not be a person who talks about what they are going to do. She taught me to value action over talk and to fail quickly and find my path to success. This concept of fail fast and move forward has really guided my life.
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