An interview with two young Ohio entrepreneurs who are proving that success is possible

Dr. Julian Earls interviews two successful young adult African-American entrepreneurs who are role models for all students. They discuss their experiences, their inspirations, their challenges and offer advice to other prospective young entrepreneurs.

About The Presenter:
Dr. Julian Earls, Mr. Blaine Mickens & Mr. JeShaune Jackson


Mr. Jackson and Mr. Mickens orally offer their biograhpies in the video.

Dr. Julian M. Earls, Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio, President Dr. Earls is President of Entrepreneurial Engagement, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing educational instruction, curriculum, mentoring and other information that helps develop the entrepreneurial, economic, business, and scientific literacy of students and the community.

Dr. Earls is also currently an Executive in Residence at the Monte Ahuja College of Business Administration and advisor and special assistant to the University President at Cleveland State University (CSU) in Cleveland, Ohio. Recently, Dr. Earls enabled the creation of the Campus International School, a partnership between CSU and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District that will serve students through 12th grade by 2015, incorporating the curriculum of the International Baccalaureate program, internationally recognized for its academic rigor.

In January 2006, Dr. Earls retired as Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Glenn Research Center (NASA GRC) at Lewis Field in Cleveland, Ohio, after a career spanning more than 40 years. As Director of GRC from 2003 to 2005, he managed a budget in excess of $700 million and a workforce of over 3,000 employees. He was responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the activities required to accomplish the Center's mission that included research, technology, and systems development programs in aeronautical propulsion, space propulsion, space power, space communications, and microgravity sciences in combustion and fluid physics.

He was also Co-Chair of the Science and Mathematics Education Policy Advisory Council (SAMEPAC) for the State of Ohio. In 2007, SAMEPAC developed findings and made policy recommendations for improvements in mathematics and science education in Ohio to the Ohio Board of Regents, Ohio Department of Education, and the Ohio Governor.

Dr. Earls credits his parents and teachers for helping him see the importance of learning. They noted his love for mathematics and encouraged him to learn as much as he could. He entered math and science fairs in elementary and high school. These competitions were important because they helped him to apply the knowledge and principles that he learned in the classroom.

Dr. Earls holds ten university degrees. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Norfolk State University, a Master of Science degree in radiation biology from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and a doctorate in radiation physics from the University of Michigan. He also completed the equivalent of a master's degree in environmental health at the University of Michigan and is a graduate of the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School. He has also been awarded six honorary doctorates, including Honorary Doctor of Science Degrees from the Vaughn College of Aeronautics in New York and Howard University in Washington, DC, an Honorary Doctor of Pedagogy Degree from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, and Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degrees from North Carolina A&T State University, Norfolk State University in Virginia, and Wilberforce University in Ohio.

Dr. Earls is the author of 31 publications and has been a Distinguished Honors Visiting Professor at numerous universities. As a NASA executive he received NASA medals for outstanding leadership, exceptional achievement, and distinguished service. He received the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award from President Clinton in 1999 and from President Bush in 2004.

Dr. Earls has received many humanitarian awards and founded an organization (The Development Fund for Black Students) that provides college scholarships to black students who attend historically black colleges and universities and major in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. As a mentor, he has guided many students though college and the professions. Recognized internationally for his oratorical skills, Dr. Earls is a Jennings Foundation Distinguished Scholar Lecturer, in high demand around the country, speaking on wide range of topics including higher education models of excellence, as well as equality of opportunity and inclusiveness in the corporate workplace. In 2011 he was the recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award awarded by the Cleveland Orchestra and the City of Cleveland in cooperation with the Greater Cleveland Partnership.

In addition to his many scholarly and work-related accomplishments, Dr, Earls is an athlete. He has completed 27 marathons, including the Boston Marathon, and was honored to carry the Olympic Torch on its route through Cleveland for the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.

Dr. Earls is or has been a member of the National Technical Association, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the National Society of Black Physicists. He is a member of Tau Boule of Sigma Pi Phi fraternity and holds life memberships in Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and the NAACP.