How to Manage Difficult Transitions

October 31, 2015
Hosted by Michael Dawson with Angelia Hopson and Dianne Daniels

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Listen in to hear Ray McElroy talk about his road from the west side of Chicago to the NFL and how he managed his transition from the NFL into entrepreneurship. He shares how his faith was central to his life and his destiny.

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Michael Dawson with Angelia Hopson and Dianne Daniels

Michael Dawson with Angelia Hopson and Dianne Daniels

Michael Dawson is an innovative and seasoned Senior Executive with a successful background in Fiscal Management.

Michael has more than 25 years of successful, progressive experience in all phases of Strategic Planning, Business Operations and Financial Management.

For over 20 years Michael has served as Vice-President of Operations for a major Investment Banking firm. He has had responsibility for creation of Sales/Trading Compensation Models, Capital Planning/Risk Analysis, Business Group Policies as well budgetary and regulatory compliance oversight with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Michael is also a skilled voice talent and avid sports fan. He is the go-to voiceover artist for radio commercial spots for The Prayze Café Radio Show on Big Gospel Xpress 1570AM WBGX in Chicago and the host of ESCN, an iCoach360 Production.

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Michael Blair is the founder and President of Ninety10 Sports. Blair is an educator and a gifted communicator. Blair is a former NFL player and has played seasons in NFL Europe, the XFL, and arena football. He now teaches students of all ages Executive Functioning skills which include time management, daily-weekly planning, and organizational skills.As an instructor at Thornwood High School, his alma mater, Blair lead by example in motivating youths to set goals, pursue dreams and build foundations to allow them to become respected citizens and ambassadors at home, in the community, and in the school environment. Coupling his passion of striving for excellence on and off the field and for motivating others to achieve their goals, in 2011 Blair founded Ninety10 Sports. Ninety10 Sports is focused on providinginstruction, through cerebral development, to young athletes and adult learners, who desire to learn about the game they play. As with most activities worth pursuing in life. View Guest page

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Jason Sidney Arthur Davis (born November 2, 1983) is a former American football fullback. Davis was a member of the Chicago Bears, Oakland Raiders, New York Jets, Hartford Colonials and Virginia Destroyers. Davis attended Lindbergh High School in St. Louis, Missouri where he was a four-year starter. Davis played offense and defense in high school. He led Lingbergh to its first-ever district title and a berth in the state playoffs. Davis attended the University of Illinois and played fullback for the Illini. Jason was featured on the reality sports documentary, “Hard Knocks”, television series produced by NFL Films and HBO. The series followed the New York Jets through its training camp and the team's preparation for the upcoming season. In 2008, he worked with Alderman Latasha Thomas to launch the Jason Davis Youth Football Camp in Chicago, Illinois. On August 12, 2011 Jason was inducted into the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club Hall of Honor. View Guest page

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Wendell Davis enjoyed a 7 yr. career in the NFL w/the Chicago Bears & Indianapolis Colts. Played at LSU where he earned All-American Honors. Wendell is a graduate of North Park University w/a degree in Organizational Management. He has broad experience in business which includes, Owner/Operator of Allstarr Image Inc. & Big League Barbers (Later in life decided to be a football coach and mentor which resulted in coaching football at level…Youth, High School, College and Professional. His direct experience help increase his knowledge of playing and coaching football. High premium on community development projects and non-profit organizations. Currently, founder of Great Call Coach which provides real-time data analytic and helps coaches streamline the game planning process. Also, co-founder of Trywen Medical, LLC which provides hospital products focused on healthcare professional protection and safety, as well as patient care and general purpose products. View Guest page

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Nicholas Dillon

An entrepreneur in his own right, Dillon is on a mission to pursue his passion and build a legacy of influence. Thousands of individuals from the community to corporate America have learned from Dillon’s insight on Leadership & Professional Development, Entrepreneurship, & Personal Empowerment. Dillon initially launched his professional career in the field of Insurance & Risk Management. His career has placed him in front of business executives which served as a launching pad for the multifaceted professional he has become.Nicholas Dillon has appeared on BET with Ed Gordon, The Business Journal, CBS, and also holds the title of radio show personality at the host of his personally branded show “The Believe Coach Radio” which has over 50,000 listeners to date. He has been featured as a speaker keynote speaker for several National and International Conferences and organizations. Nicholas had built a reputation as an expert in coaching and Leadership Development. View Guest page

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Nicholas Dillon

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Darcy Johnson

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Corey Mays was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. He graduated from Morgan Park HS excelling in both football and track. He played football for University of Notre Dame, where he graduated in 3 and 1/2 years. He immediately began to start graduate classes in Psychology. He also able to became a member of the prestigious fraternity Omega Psi Phi in the summer of 2005. He entered the 2006 NFL Draft and went on to sign as an undrafted free agent with the New England Patriots. He also played for the Cincinnati Bengals and retired with the Kansas City Chiefs. He has also had the pleasure of volunteering and doing charity work globally.Since his retirement from professional sports in 2012, Mr. Mays has been deeply involved in entrepreneurial business pursuits. Mr. Mays is currently an angel investor and has an investment company entitled A-Maysing Enterprises LLC. View Guest page

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