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Most people have a skill set; Kwame Salter has that plus a gift set. At various stages of his career, Kwame s gifts have empowered him to be a highly successful: businessman, elected public official, civil rights activist and educator. As a scholar and practitioner, he s ...been there, done that! The gifts of insight, discernment and elucidation are central to Kwame s gift set. He sees what others do not; he puts the evil eye on what is in view; and he is able to explain his observations in ways that enable others to share in his understandings. He is able quickly to defuzz issues and concepts to prove that that which seemed complex is often merely complicated and unnecessarily so. Striving While Black is Exhibit A of Kwame s gifts. Without fluff and falderal, Striving While Black gives Black aspirants and any upwardly mobile professional in any field the coaching required to arrive with one s soul and integrity intact. Striving While Black is portable, readable, witty, exceptional and highly recommended. Buy, read, learn. John Y. Odom, Ph.D. --John Y. Odom, Ph.D., Odom & Associates

Good Morning! I just read the book while on the elliptical machine. I loved it! I almost fell of trying to high light key observations. Well done. Much Luv ....Jacqui --Jacqui Grant, Sales Executive

About the Author

Kwame S. Salter was born in Delhi, Louisiana and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He earned his Bachelor s degree from the UW-Whitewater, graduating Magna Cum Laude and earned his Masters in Educational Administration from UW-Madison. He served as the Director of the UW-Madison s Afro-American Center from 1970-1973. From 1976 until 1986, Kwame serve as the Executive Director of Dane Co. Parent Council, Inc, the Project Head Start Grantee for Dane County as well as interim Executive Director of the Community Action Commission, Inc. (CAC) of Dane County. He has been recognized as an Outstanding Alumni by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Throughout his adult life, Kwame has been a campus activist, a community organizer, a political leader giving voice to the disenfranchised and a persistent force for strategic inclusion in corporate America Kwame won election to the Madison Metropolitan Board of Education, becoming one of the youngest person elected. He served three terms, a total of 9 years, on the Board of Education. During his tenure he served 6 years as an officer of the Board 2 years as Vice-President and 4 consecutive years as President of the Board of Education. Additionally, Kwame served two terms on the University of Wisconsin Madison s Graduate School of Business, Board of Advisors. Kwame has been cited and honored by a number of organizations, groups, and media. He was selected as one of 80 for the 80 s highlighting young leaders by the Milwaukee Journal newspaper. In 2006, Kwame was featured in Celebrating African-American Achievements: The Inaugural Edition, Who s Who in Black Chicago He was recruited to the Oscar Mayer Foods Corporation in 1986 by the Chairman and CEO. At Oscar Mayer, he moved rapidly from Corporate Affirmative Action Manager to HR Director of the Oscar Mayer Business Unit in Madison, Wisconsin. Kwame s professional HR experience has been varied and deep. In 1995, he was appointed Sr. Director, HR for the Kraft General Foods', North American Foodservice Division and moved to Glenview, Illinois.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Mentor Publishing; 1st edition (April 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985227702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985227708
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #945,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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EXCELLENT! Great info for anyone especially minorities including women of all backgrounds! I heard about this book on the Joe Madison radio show when he had Kwame S. Salter on as a guest.
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This is a must read for African-Americans in the corporate world who desire meaningful career progression while maintaining their cultural identity thus - "Getting to your goal-without losing your soul." Kwame's playbook offers sound principles for developing a Career Intelligence Quotient (CIQ) uniquely applicable to African-Americans who MUST navigate the challenging circumstances we encounter in a corporate culture.
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Heard this gentleman on the Joe Madison show and just had to get this book. He makes a lot of sense and I encourage all who are looking for mentoring on how to be successful in corporate America to check out this book.
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I have worked in corporate America for a few years now and I can relate to a lot of his experiences. Kwanme also gave some good tips about interacting with colleagues and or co workers after work hours.
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I definitely gleaned some knowledge from it in spite of its brevity. I am somewhat surprised that in the appendices of the book, that delves into Mr. Walter's career, the last paragraph is repeated. Apparently, someone didn't do a good job of editing. Otherwise, good information. Very well written. I loved the simplified breakdown of some complex issues that we face in today's corporate world.
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This is an excellent read for those transitioning to higher levels in a corporate environment large or small. If you have been in a management level, many of the insights are not new. Easy quick read.
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Relatively short and concise. Gives a love to ponder and consider. A must read for Blacks who struggle to make sense of the "daily grind" and feel comfortable dealing with success as a Black in America.
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Excellent resource for anyone working in Corporate America, especially African-American Males. This "Blue Print" has giving me a new perspective on how to handle office politics and my "outside" image when dealing with Corporate Management. This is a "MUST READ" for young professionals entering the workforce.
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