Each director is elected for a term of 12 and a maximum of 3 terms of office. No director is paid for serving as a director. Any director may be elected as an officer. Each officer receives compensation for services rendered.
Each director pledges to represent one or more stakeholder groups (persons who are invested in a high school and its students). We target the following 10 stakeholder groups: Business Owners, Corporate Executives, Civic Leaders, Teachers, Parents, School Administrators, College Officials, Public Officials, School Board Members)
The current board of directors is the founding board of directors. Their terms expire in July, 2019 at the first annual meeting. It conducts 1 meeting each month to review and approve the monthly report of the President. The focus is on Prototype Chapter
development, and industry sponsorships that transition at-risk high school students from job-bound to college-bound, thereby increasing their career income potential by $1 million per pearl.
Chairman and President
Jim Harris, Retired Small Business Consultant, Commercial Bank President, Financial Executive, Program Developer, College Administrator, Founder Pearls Who Prosper
MBA, Cornell University, Corporation Finance
Interested in youth development, college readiness, entrepreneurship, access to capital, business development systems, poverty alleviation, social impact.
Chair, Education Committee
, Certified Teaching Professional, Youth Advisor, Coach, Member, 100 Black Men, Magna Cum Laude Bachelor of Science, Social Science, Alpha Kappa Mu, Rust College Outstanding Teacher Education Intern (2017-18)
Chair, Agriculture Industry Committee
Ellis Bell, Arkansas Century Farmer, St. Louis Independent Multi-Lines Insurance Broker, 25 Years (Retired), Pilot,
Founder, Bell Community Services 501(c)(3) youth development and career readiness, USDA conservation programs grants recipient, Monsanto Fund Grow Farmers Award Recipient.
Chair, Business and Franchising Committee
Marcellus Jackson, Economic Development Center Director, Clark Atlanta University, Entrepreneurial Training Program Consultant, Director Workforce Development, Baltimore City Community College, Franchise Development Consultant, Curator Afro-Centric Stained Glass Archive, Baltimore, MD, JD, Law, University of Maryland School of Law