Trailblazer of the Month-August (Series 4 of 4)

“If you’re a pioneer and you come up with something that can change the world and you turn round and say ‘I’m not going to share this idea with anyone,’ then you only impact the few and not the many.”-C. Sinclair

I am grateful for Mr. Kenn Rashad’s willingness to share his ideas. Because of Kenn’s desire to share with others, he has had an impact on many lives. I salute the digital publishing executive who has more than 20 years of experience in journalism, media consulting and entrepreneurship! I hope that you have been inspired by his personal background, educational achievements, and/or career advancements. In today’s post, you will gain a better insight into the mind of a trailblazer. Here are his responses to a recent interview:

As someone who is indirectly involved with HBCU athletic programs, what do you think will improve the institutions’ athletic programs?
Better leadership and decision making by the administrators are the two key elements that are necessary if our HBCUs are to elevate from their current state. There are, of course, a number of other areas that need to be addressed when discussing needed improvements. However, I believe leadership is the most important area.

Since TSPN Sports is the premier source for HBCU sports information, what do you think HBCU institutions can do to improve student-athletes’ opportunities?
I don’t know if there is anything HBCUs can do to improve the opportunities of student-athletes. The outcome will depend on what the student-athlete does with the opportunity given. However, I think HBCUs can do a better job in directing the narrative of the successes of its student-athletes. Unfortunately, there is still a negative stigma that the general public has about HBCU athletics.

What role has your personality (or hobbies) played in your career choice?
I’m a pretty opinionated person when I want to be. That’s pretty much who I am at the core. It’s helped me out in my career because I know I am not alone in thinking this. I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve created platforms that others accept and take the time to express how they feel about any given topic.

Speaking of platforms, how would you describe “Negro Voice?”
“Negro Voice” is the latest project from Rashmoor Media. “Negro Voice,” quite simply, is an outlet that will serve as a platform of expression, opinion, commentary and analysis on all news and topics that impact African-American communities. Please take a moment to “like” our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

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What are your future goals (personal or for your companies)?
The goals for now are to simply grow what is currently in place. I’d like to think that I have this thing figured out, but know that I need to stay disciplined in my approach.

What do you like most about being CEO?
I am in charge, and I call the shots! I know that I am to blame when things go wrong, and I can take the credit when things turn out right.

What do you like least about being COO?
Knowing that I have to stay within the limits of my role. I have to respect the fact that there are others who are responsible for other areas of the company’s operation.

What would you tell someone who is interested in a technology career?
Don’t just take the time to learn the technology, but learn the business behind the technology. It will open the doors to even greater opportunities.

What has been your worst financial decision?
I can’t think of just one in particular. I do know that many poor financial decisions, regardless of how small they may be, can have an accumulative impact over time regarding personal wealth.

What is your best financial advice?
Spend within your means. In the process, think about the return on investment you expect to get when making purchases.

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