Delano is an entrepreneur, author, educator, mentor and community activist. The philanthropic mentor is the founder of Reignmakers, Incorporated, a community organization, whose mission is to educate and empower a community of next generation leaders. He is also the founder of the One Strike Foundation, which assists ex-offenders in successfully re-entering society as well as works to underserved youth on a pathway towards success.Delano encourages individuals of all backgrounds and situations to make the choices today that will lead to a successful future. At the age of 20
Delano is an entrepreneur, author, educator, mentor and community activist. The philanthropic mentor is the founder of Reignmakers, Incorporated, a community organization, whose mission is to educate and empower a community of next generation leaders. He is also the founder of the One Strike Foundation, which assists ex-offenders in successfully re-entering society as well as works to underserved youth on a pathway towards success.
Delano encourages individuals of all backgrounds and situations to make the choices today that will lead to a successful future. At the age of 20, after leading what could only be described as an uneventful life and completing two years of college, Delano's world was unraveled after a series of poor choices and tragic circumstances led him to be incarcerated for two years.
Many were quick to come to his side in support of what was viewed as a great injustice. Delano instead used the experience to widen his lens and leverage it to expand the parameters of the path onto which he had been chosen to walk. Delano returned to and graduated from The University of Michigan with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He became extremely active on campus, fighting for equality and diversity for all students and was selected as one of 25 individuals invited to join the campus' Senior Leadership Society.
While at Michigan, he also served as Chairman and C.E.O. of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the world's largest student managed organization. As Chairman, he oversaw the organization's operations. During his tenure, the organization boasted a membership of 15,000 members with an annual budget in excess of $8,000,000, all while receiving support from over 400 of the world's leading corporations.
As NSBE Chairperson, he helped launch the Technical OutReach Community Help (TORCH) program. The objective of the program is to tackle the Digital Divide and provide socioeconomically disadvantaged communities skills to compete in an increasingly technologically driven world. After leaving the position, Mr. White decided to turn his passion into his business. He co-founded Beans and Bytes, LLC, one of the country's premier cybercafés with the vision of incorporating access to technology into our everyday social networks.
Finding success in his personal life was not enough. He understood that his was a story of personal redemption. In order to become an agent for change, Delano knew he had to teach others how to do the same. Delano has worked diligently to become a new voice for the youth of America and the communities in which they are desperately needed to serve.
Bothered by the lack of outlets willing to tell positive stories, he formed OtherSide Press, a division of Reignmakers, Incorporated and the Reignmakers Media Group, to tell these previously untold stories. The press works with authors and contributors to produce books that move beyond motivation to provide “blackprints” on how to build our communities.
His first book, Diary of a Mad Businessman: A Laymen's Guide to Starting a Business from the Ground Up was released in 2007. It is designed to help individuals who lack traditional resources to effectively obtain the resources to open and maintain a successful business. His follow-up release Instant Gratification: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Satisfying Every Customer, Every Time was released in May, 2009. The project expands on the lessons taught in Diary by giving small business owners new strategies to improve their customer service operations.
In early 2010, he released an online project entitled, Still Here, a collection of daily journals, letters, speeches and essays compiled during his two years of incarceration. The online project will culminate in the release of his personal memoir: Taking My Soul to the Laundromat: From Prison Walls to Executive Halls which will hit the bookshelves in summer 2010.
Beyond his writing, he finds a variety of outlets in which to reciprocate the blessings that he has received. Beyond his empowerment seminars he serves as a life coach and recently launched Reignmakers, Apparel®. The company produces garments designed to promote positive messages of education and visionary leadership. The company's first line included the “Billionaire to be”, “C.E.O. in training”, “M.D. to be” and “Ph.D to be” designs. All of which are designed to shift the community's concepts of what are considered “cool” and “smart.”
Mr. White currently resides in Detroit, MI. He is a member of the Detroit Chamber of Commerce and the Detroit Black Chamber of Commerce. He is also a board member of the University of Michigan African-American Alumni Council, the Young Adults Reclaiming Detroit and the National Society of Black Engineers. He has awarded the Spirit of Detroit Award (2006) and the Distinguished Service Award (2007) from the Detroit City Council for his commitment to community upliftment.
Interested in having Delano speak at your next event?
Delano is available as a motivational speaker, and to conduct workshops and seminars as well as book signings. Delano can speak on one of the topics below or create a custom message for your audience.
Delano's Seminar Topics:
The Blackprint Series
* The New Face of Excellence: Who and What Dr. Cosby Missed
* The OtherSide of the Game: The Role of the Urban Professional in Saving Our Community
* Developing a Leadership Mentality
* From Prison to College: Clearing Pathways and Obstacles
* Still Here: The Art of Perseverance
* The Blackprint: Moving from Motivating to Strategizing
* Life is not Fair: Stop Whining and Start Winning in the Face of Injustice
* No More Firsts: Making Excellence the New Normalcy
* Rethinking Rehabilitation: The Case for Education and Habilitation
The Future Billionaire's Series
* Becoming an ACE: Developing the Skills and Foundation to Succeed as a First-Time Entrepreneur
* Through the Eyes of Future Billionaires: How to Grow Your New Business
* Reciprocity: The Value of Giving in Building an Empire