Flunk-Out To Hugely Successful Businessman and University Professor [Episode #43]

Towanna Freeman spoke with Dominican University associate professor, entrepreneur, public speaker, philanthropist, and author, Dr. Cleamon Moorer. Dr. Moorer is one of the motivational speakers within the Young Black Minds speakers’ bureau, and is active in service to his community on both a local and a global scale.

Dr. Moorer’s non-profit foundation, Dr. C. Moorer and Associates, Inc., provides a scholarship opportunity for students who have read his book and utilized the ideas in it to overcome their own challenges. Scholarship applicants are asked to write an essay about how his book impacted their path to success and promise, and — once they have reached that success – their commitment to use their own success to improve the lives of others.

Highlights of the Interview

  • Dr. Moorer’s inspirational memoir, “From Failure to Promise: An Uncommon Path to Professoriate,” takes his message to his most important audience: People looking for a way to move beyond failures and tragedies in their lives to the promise of personal success, and a place where they can give back to their communities. The book chronicles his journey from a scopeless college flunk-out to earning a professoriate and achieving success as an entrepreneur. It will be re-released next year to include recent successes and endeavors in his life, with the new title “From Failure to Promise 360°”.
  • Dr. Moorer has recently accepted a professorial position at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan, where he once flunked out. He says Flint, MI is considered one of the worst economies in the nation, but that spurs him even more to help his students achieve success. He says people should “Go where the work needs to be done.”
  • Much of success or failure can be contingent upon the ecosystem that you are a part of or that you create for yourself, at home, in school, and in your career. Dr. Moore says most students don’t understand this, and end up sticking with one particular group of peers, based on one or more commonality – which can be detrimental. If students can understand the importance of supportive and varied ecosystems in school and in their lives, and see how mentors and collaborative work can improve their skills and grades, they would be far more likely to achieve success early on.
  • Dr. Moorer’s foundation also has three additional legs. It offers educators financial assistance to get the tools they need to reach their students and be effective in the classroom and in students’ lives. It also provides virtual mentoring (www.mymentorwasme.net), based on the idea that today’s successful individuals were once the young people just coming up and searching for that path to achieve their promise. Lastly, there is a “humanity agenda,” with the goal of assisting organizations and governments worldwide to cooperatively work to eradicate genocide. Dr. Moorer will travel to Rwanda, September 2013, to meet with business, government, and educational leaders to begin his work toward this end.

Dr. Moorer is a man of faith who walks according to biblical principles, and serves students and his community from that platform of faith and God’s power to change lives. He pursues his agenda always with the understanding that he is a servant to God first and foremost.


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Dr. Towanna Freeman
As a much sought after speaker and leadership development coach, Towanna Freeman is also the creator of BlackLifeCoaches.net. She is also the co-author of an award winning book, Purposeful Action, 7 Steps to Fulfillment.