Apr 1, 2019
Known to many, as “The Ambassador Of Hope, Andre’s experience and expertise is what empowers him to help people turn their situation around Andre travels around the world to serve as a mentor and listening ear for so many in need. He has made an impact working in the countries of Honduras, Bahamas, Sweden, Guatemala, Liberia & Trinidad. With inclusion being the center of his solution based efforts.
From illiteracy to gang activity, Andre’s childhood prepared him for nothing less than a life of crime and violence. This behavior eventually led Andre to be sentenced to over 100 years in prison. A natural-born leader, he quickly rose to the top of the prison gang where he managed gang activities from within the confines of a maximum security prison. During his 2 year stay in solitary confinement. Andre had an “epiphany” and he made the decision to turn his life around. He had a simple dream, attend Harvard University and become successful.
Over the next 8 years Andre worked 20 hours per day towards making this dream a reality. He first taught himself how to read, then to study and understand the law and then volunteered to participate in anger management groups. After winning his appeal and armed with a GED and a dream, Andre walked out of prison in 1999, after serving 14 years.
Having been exposed to both sides of the fence, Andre pulled from his life experiences and created 180x, a program designed to teach individuals and corporations how to turn any situation around. Having survived rock bottom, Andre knew he could help others do the same.
Andre has lectured at Harvard University; He has been a featured speaker at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Andre collaborates with the London Business School Executive Education department to design unique experiential learning labs for some of its top clients including:
Andre’s dream of attending Harvard University took a fateful turn in 2015, when Andre was given a Fellowship at Harvard Law School. It took 25 years to achieve but Andre never gave up or lost sight of his dream. He has committed his life to helping others achieve their dreams just as he did.