by Sydney Blaylock, Bean Soup Times Contributor
Ronnie L. Mosley is a servant leader who is well experienced in the areas of education, business, health, and community. Born August 21, 1991, he is a native of the Southside of Chicago, Illinois. The words of Aristotle, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit,” calls him to be “In the Pursuit of Excellence!”
Mr. Mosley has served as student board member for Chicago Board of Education, in part being responsible for the governance, organizational and financial oversight of Chicago Public Schools (CP S), the third largest school district in the United States of America. He has also served as a Chicago Health Councilman for Mikva Challenge, an award winning entrepreneur, and president emeritus of organizations ranging from mentoring to ministry.
Today, Mr. Mosley has emerged as a grand leader receiving national & international media interest. He encourages other youth to follow their vision that leads them to become the leaders of tomorrow, today. Ultimately making a life changing difference for all people!
Who is Ronnie Mosley and how has he progressed over the years?
I believe I could be easily defined as a Chicago Southside kid with no shot, to a Renaissance man w/ a social conscience & building a global perspective.
Can you briefly describe your journey at Morehouse?
In three words, a beautiful struggle. Graduating from Morehouse is not just a dream but also an essential pillar in the construction of my future. Even though I don’t have the financial means to attend, I’m blessed to still progress there.
Throughout your high school experience, what are some programs or organizations that you have participated in that have truly impacted your life?
Without a doubt, Mikva Challenge. It taught me about civic engagement, public policy, and how we can create a better world for all.
What would you do if you were President?
America is the land of opportunity. I believe we have seen new growth in opportunity but have unfortunately loss some in the process. That would be my job. Advancing for new opportunities while maintaining the old ones. That’s what a better America looks and feels like.
Who is someone that you have admired but still never managed to tell them?
Ronnie Burress is where I get my namesake. My mother had me as a teen mom when She was 14 years old. Ronnie encouraged her that she would be more than a statistic and that she could still go on finish her education. Ronnie was shot and killed in April of 1990, I was born August 1991. I was never able to say thank you.
Can you tell us about your experience in entrepreneurship?
With the help of NFTE (National Foundation of Teaching Entrepreneurship) and Michael Levesque, I was able to build a successful business plan for an image consulting business. One day I’d like to expand into more areas of consulting.
What is something that always gives you a good laugh no matter what?
My little brother Malachi, I call him “Mouse”. He and my sister are my escapes. There’s an age gap of 13 years and 18 years, and I’m the oldest. Their concerns are far different from mine. It’s all about having fun and enjoying each other when we’re together.
Who is Ronnie Mosley outside of politics, entrepreneurship, and academics?
I’m such a Chicagoan. I’m a city guy. I love a lot of activity, yet very mellow and laid back.
Have you ever created a bucket list? If so what is something’s that are on the top of your list?
Formally no. To me a bucket list is an excuse to wait. When you have an idea, act on it. There is no such thing as a perfect time.
What advice do you have for young students that also have dreams towards changing the world?
1. You are enough! The core of your motivation is in your determination. Share you dreams and find others who will help the stride for your common goal.
2. Work with people. There’s always the need to play the blame game. It gets you nowhere. Someone that made a mistake, is the same someone to correct it. Solve the problem with them, not against them. Seeks partners, not enemies.
What exactly keeps you so driven and committed to improvement of your community?
It was there for me. There was the fertile soil and I’m the seed that was planted. There are many great things to come from that same soil. We just have to tend to it. We must be the gardeners of our opportunity.
Why do you love blackness (African American community)?
I love blackness because blackness is I and in order to love myself, I must love it as well. Our story is unique and it is its differences that influence the impact that we have contributed to this world.
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