On Sept. 20, the Woodbridge Campus MAN UP organization welcomed television host, entrepreneur and author Paul C. Brunson to speak on the importance of brotherhood throughout campus and in the community. The theme, “The Blueprint: Building the Foundation to Your Empowered and Successful Life,” sparked dialogue among students and faculty on the topic of overcoming challenges minority men encounter in higher education.
As a graduate of Old Dominion University and the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, Brunson challenged NOVA-Woodbridge students to make strides toward identifying their talents, strengths and weakness.
“The key to becoming successful in life is identifying your vision and goals,” Brunson said. “I’ve had the privilege to work for two billionaires, and the three things I learned from them were to never eat alone, which means connecting with people outside of your social circle; invest in yourself and maintain discipline.”
Brunson also discussed his unique life experiences and encouraged each student to look to one another for empowerment in overcoming obstacles to reach financial stability.
“The MAN UP program is so great because it offers opportunities for its members to connect with people who serve as mentors, coaches and business leaders,” said Brunson. “Each individual can share their experiences on the habits and responsibilities required to reach their goals.”
Having appeared in over 350 major media outlets around the world – including appearances on Good Morning America, The Today Show, Nightline, CNN, Entertainment Tonight, The Washington Post, Black Enterprise, Essence and Ebony magazines, Brunson is also the founder and chairman of an award-winning matchmaking firm, PCBA. He received an NAACP Image Award nomination for his first book entitled: It’s Complicated (But It Doesn’t Have to Be): A Modern-Day Guide to Finding and Keeping Love. As the former co-host on Oprah Winfrey Network’s Lovetown, USA, Brunson currently hosts Our World by Black Enterprise, a weekly syndicated network and cable TV show where he interviews newsmakers and business leaders.
MAN UP is a minority male mentoring and leadership development program designed to promote the personal and social development and academic improvement of students at the NOVA-Woodbridge Campus. The program was developed to increase retention, graduation rates and the academic performance of minority males, while providing the skills and motivation to reach these goals. Those interested in joining MAN UP please fill out the membership interest form or visit their website.
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