Lunch with Leaders October 2018
*** NOTICE! THIS WAS A DATE CHANGE!!! ***
Previously known as our General Membership Meeting, this luncheon is our format for connecting you with business & community leaders.
City of St. Charles Updates: Economic Development & Tourism
Clifton Taulbert, will speak on “What is Entrepreneurship and Why is it Important”
Entrepreneur-Pulitzer Nominee-International Lecturer
The United States Supreme Court was not the picture Taulbert would see each morning while growing up on the Mississippi Delta. He saw the cotton fields—a world he thought would never change. Taulbert’s world changed! As a special guest of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Taulbert took to the podium at the Library of Congress and addressed members of the Supreme Court and their invited guests.
Taulbert’s lessons from the Delta continues to impact his life. Time Magazine’s recognition of Taulbert as one of America’s top emerging entrepreneurs gives credit to his Delta uncle, Cleve, who introduced him to the power of “gumption” now known as an entrepreneurial mindset. His Uncle’s story has been captured in the international best seller...Who Owns the Ice House. This mindset propelled Taulbert into the world of “Fitness” as the entrepreneur who assisted in bringing Stairmaster Exercise System to the world. Taulbert, not one to rest on past success, is now in his 6th year as the President and CEO of ROOTS JAVA COFFEE, the only African American owned national coffee supply company.
Taulbert, the writer is recognized and embraced around the world from South Africa to Australia. His first book, Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored, became an international best seller and a requested gift for Nelson Mandela upon his release from prison.
His most recent book, The Invitation was chosen by the Architect of the United States Capitol as part of the 50th year celebration of the signing of 1964 Civil Rights Legislation. Taulbert has written fourteen books, produced a major motion picture and served as a consultant on several documentaries: Jews in the Delta and the Emmy winning-BOOMTOWN, The Birth of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Though recognized as an entrepreneur, writer and lecturer, Taulbert background includes banking, as an employee and as part of a banking team that started a de novo bank in Tulsa, Oklahoma which later sold. Today Taulbert, a graduate of the Southwest Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University serves as a director of Central Bank of Oklahoma.
Taulbert’s reputation as a human capital development consultant (The Freemount Corporation) has been tapped by the University of Utah to open their 2018 Fulbright Scholars Innovation Conference. These one hundred and twenty scholars will be coming to Salt Lake City from around the world. Taulbert’s address, The Revival of the Inquisitive Mind will open the conference.
Taulbert a member of Phi Beta Kappa was educated through high school in the Delta (graduating valedictorian of his class) and now serves as a Trustee for the University of Tulsa and on the Board of Reference of Oral Roberts University. Taulbert has been inducted in the Enlisted Airman Hall of Fame. He is also a recipient of the 27th NAACP Image Award for Literature. He is a Trustee for the Tulsa Library Trust, the Oklahoma Foundation for Academic Excellence, the Tulsa Historical Society, and serves on the Eudora Welty Advisory Board, the Anne Kathryn Sickle Cell Fund and the Indian Nation Council of Boy Scouts.