MILLI MOGUL MOVES | Ted D. Louis-Jacques, Founder & President of Malden Rising Leaders
There are some people in the world who are content with the way their lives are, and there others who strive to be better, do better and ultimately live better daily. Ted D. Louis-Jacques (Teddy to close friends) aka “The Politician” is the epitome of positive, committed, and driven. Ted is a U.S. Army Veteran, and currently holds a Corporal position in the Massachusetts Army National Guard. Corporal Louis-Jacques first enlisted in the Massachusetts Army National Guard in July 2014 as an 88 Motor Transport Operator. This millennial has created a personal brand that is not only motivating, but extremely influential. On his Snapchats, and Instagram stories you can catch him preparing for military training working, hanging out with the youth, vacationing during his free time, or spending time with family. We see a lot of motivated millennials in our generation, but not many of them are so transparent about how they got to where they are today -- which is the case with Ted.
Teddy has sought advice and actively connected with the right networks of people to stand as tall as he does. Today, Ted is the Residency Administrator for the Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). In addition to his day job, Ted is also the founder and President of the Board of Directors of Malden Rising Leaders Inc. based in Malden, Massachusetts. Ted oversees ambitious strategic planning initiatives to position MRL, which is a non-profit organization whose focus is youth leadership and development through scholarship support and mentoring. Its mission is to support the up-incoming generation of Malden’s young leaders to organize and engage, by advocating on behalf of families, to advance their community’s development. (Learn more here https://www.maldenrisingleaders.org/about-us/)
If that's not a full day not sure what more you can add, but there's more yah'll. Ted was also a fellow at the Howard Rye Institute (HRI) through Unity of Minority Neighborhood whose initiative is focused on developing leaders of African descent from various backgrounds. Ted is a huge advocate for education and equality, so it makes sense that he is also involved in Mayor Christenson’s Racial and Harmony Task Force where he was a member on the Absence of Racial Tension & Discrimination subcommittee. To add more flavor to his resume, this Haitian-American man is involved in Ward 7 for Malden Democratic City Committee (MDCC) as a co chair, a member of Malden Community Preservation Committee (CPC) and Basketball Coach and Mentor at Malden High Boys Basketball and Malden Neighborhood Basketball League (MNBL) (7th year since 2011).
The Milli Blog sat down with Ted to get to know the man behind the military uniform sharp suits!
Tell us about a day in your life?
What ignited the spark in you to start a new business venture or to make significant changes in an existing business?
What are the 2 biggest benefits to your target audience (Malden Rising Leaders) and why?
What are some goals you set for your organization?
What are some goals you have set for yourself this year?
Can you remember any stories that made you feel like the work you do is worth it?
What has been your most satisfying moment in business?
Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader?
"Overall, my biggest inspiration is my son. He’s the sole reason all of this happens. All of the sacrifices, with work, being away from him months at a time in the military… is all for him and his future."
What projects are you currently working on?
What's your vision for the future of the program and for yourself?
What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur?
If you could offer advice to other millennial to produce change, what would it be?
Teddy Louis-Jacques is making a serious brand for himself. He is clearly a very goal-oriented individual who puts a whole lot of action behind those goals. It is so important that we can read and watch individuals like Teddy doing exactly what they do, because people like this are a great source of inspiration for all millennials and communities. It's also important that we all connect with people like Teddy because he is helping to improve our current generation, while doing incredible things for the next generation. We are so impressed with this millennial’s efforts, leadership, and bravery, and are excited to see where all his endeavors take him.
To Learn More About what Teddy is doing:
Go to Malden Rising Leaders website here