Stroud Leadership Academy: RACE the Opera’s Giveback Program
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.
The Stroud Leadership Story
I’m Frank Shines, grandson of Tandy Stroud and great nephew of Dolphus Stroud, scholar-athletes and entrepreneurs denied opportunity because of their race. Their father was born and grew up on a Texas slave plantation until he was 19.
We hope that in the coming years when we hear the word “race” we will think “foot race” or “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 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.
It was here 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 excellence, faith and perseverance — to create a program for youth and adults. 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.
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.
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.