About CT

About CT

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Dr. Charles Thomas Jr. is a multi-award winning social entrepreneur, educator, best-selling author, on-air personality, and Concerned Citizen™. He has committed himself to service and philanthropic efforts and has varied experiences in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Charles strives to live according to the Renaissance ideal of broad learning and full engagement in life as a demonstration of human potential.

 

Charles is the Co-Founder and CEO of Clear Cloud, a software engineering organization focused on development, data science, and delivery. He is also the Founder of Concerned Citizen™ Media, which is the home of Divergent Thought™ and Everyday Conversations™ (forthcoming) radio shows where he serves as a co-host. 

 

Within the non-profit sector, Charles serves as Secretary of the Board for Shelter House, teaches Life Skills classes to men who are incarcerated and preparing for societal re-entry, volunteers as a Wish Granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and recently (July 2019) ended his four-year tenure as Chairman of the Board for OAR Nova. Charles also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.

 

Charles is a former Division 1 Student-Athlete, Sankofa Scholar, NAACP Senior of the Year, Rockne Student-Athlete of the Year, Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar award winner, two-time Notre Dame Monogram winner, and two-time Big East Academic All-Star Team member.

Charles’ engagement as a civic minded professional has also yielded positive outcomes. Some of his more recent recognition is as follows:

 

Rising Star Award – Washington Business Journal
Emerging Influential Leader of the Year – Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Two-time 40 Under 40 Honoree – The Network Journal and Leadership Center for Excellence
Alpha Sigma Nu Magis Medal Winner
Northern Virginia Trustee Leadership Award – Leadership Fairfax
Two-time National Intelligence Professional Award – Director of National Intelligence
Outstanding Service to the Community Award – Creighton University
Sojourner Truth Award with OAR NOVA
Meritorious Citation – Intelligence Community

 

Dr. Thomas earned Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, and Doctoral degrees with distinction. He is from Flint, MI and lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and children.

Radio host

Radio host

Charles is a co-host of Divergent Thought™ and Everyday Conversations™ (forthcoming).

Both live stream internet radio shows air weekly and focus on issues
that impact the core of human engagement – social,

educational, political, and health issues.

Divergent Thought™ airs live on Wednesday nights from 8-9pm on blis.fm. Please visit Apple Podcasts to download the Divergent Thought podcast.

More information on Everyday Conversations™ coming soon.

Speaker

Speaker

Requests for speaking engagements or interviews should be sent to

susan@myerspr.com or darylpeace@concernedcitizenmedia.com

AUTHOR

AUTHOR

Best Kept Secrets: From Invisible Walk-ons to Life Champions (August 2019)

Amazon #1 New Release and #1 Best Seller

 

Best Kept Secrets was written by an athlete for athletes and those with an athletic or personal development mindset. At the macro level, this book is for people who have felt or feel marginalized and/or ostracized because they aren’t the superstar in their respective space. At the micro and more personal level, Best Kept Secrets is a book by a walk-on, for walk-ons, about walk-ons, and the power that we possess to move from feelings of invisibility to life champions.

 

While the context of Best Kept Secrets highlights the sports journey, it is not only about sports. It is also about life. The life game we play is not for the weak. It is for the battle tested. It is for the courageous. It is for those who understand their why.

 

Transitioning from best kept secret to life champion is about more than throwing a ball through a hoop, lifting weights, running a ball into an end zone, kicking a ball into or hitting a ball over a net. The transition is about the journey from caterpillar to butterfly. In order to become a life champion, significant effort is required. Craftsmanship and personal mastery are foundational. The mandates to become artisans of our own fortunes, the best of the best, examples of human potential, and love personified are calls to action. Fear and love cannot live in the same place. To transition from best kept secret to life champion, a willingness to carry on despite the odds stacked against you is imperative.

 

Best Kept Secrets is an outpouring of love. This is a manifesto for my forgotten tribe members. This is a clarion call for athletes and non-athletes who aspire to summit their chosen mountains.

Leading Through Difficulty: The Darker Side of Workplace Behavior (December 2017)

If you are a new manager or experienced manager, new leader or seasoned leader, it is critical that you understand the various, often unspoken, elements of the darker side of workplace behavior. Your charm, charisma, intellect, network, bank account, and/or academic pedigree do not play a role in others’ desires to engage in objectionable behaviors within the workplace.

 

Deviant workplace behavior happens. It happens everywhere. It happens all the time. The darker side of workplace behavior does not solely afflict terrible managers and leaders. It is not a nebulous conception that fails to impact elite organizations. The simple fact that humans are a part of the equation means that deviant workplace behavior will occur, and will happen more than you think. When it comes to routine nonconformity and dysfunctional workplace behavior, an elusive but fundamental question remains: Why are some individuals within the workplace inclined to participate in the darker side of workplace behavior?

Breakthrough: Stories of Resilience Tragedy and Triumph (May 2017)

Amazon and Westbow Press Best Seller

Breakthrough: Stories of Resilience, Tragedy, and Triumph captures the lived experiences and collective wisdom of individuals from varied walks of life. The trials, tribulations, and battle scars that we all don are not meant to be hidden. They should be embraced and shared with the world. Life is but a fleeting moment. Regardless of how long we live, it will not be long enough. As such, it is advisable to smile, have fun, live, learn, enjoy the life journey as much as possible, and break through whatever is holding us back from being the best version of ourselves.

 

Throughout Breakthrough, you will have the blessed fortune to learn about and incorporate the wisdom of some remarkable human beings who have experienced a variety of breakthroughs in their lives, are enjoying their journeys, and are successful, based on their own definitions. You will receive advice that will dramatically amend your perspectives on success, achievement, philosophies of life, love, and leadership, and many of the principles necessary for the full engagement and active participation in your life journey. You will learn the elemental importance of not allowing who you are to stop you from becoming who you want to be. The stories and themes of hard work, failure, resilience, learning from others, asking for help, leading from where you are, etc., are most inspirational. I am confident that the insights provided within these pages will offer you value and help you as you prepare or continue to offer useful service as a servant to many.

Scars, Exile, & Vindication: My Life As An Experiment (August 2012)

Have I been sent to this earth by the Creator to challenge the very being and thought processes of others? Was I made to be a comet in a planet full of stars? Is it my duty to give other people a reason to believe, a sense of hope? Why do I ask so many questions and try to understand such complex issues? I do not know the answer to…these questions. What I do know, however, is that writing my story…gave me a deeper meaning into what this world has in store for all of us, and it gave me the opportunity to enrich lives and hopefully be a blessing to others.

EDUCATOR

EDUCATOR

Charles serves as an Adjunct Professor of Leadership, Civility, and Personal Responsibility, Organizational Behavior, and Organizational Development & Transformation at the Undergraduate level. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Leadership Theory & Practice and Consulting Management & Practice at the Doctoral level. Within the local jail system, Charles teaches Life Skills (Communication, Financial Literacy, Decision-Making, and Mental Health) to men who are incarcerated and preparing for societal re-entry.

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Charles has committed himself to service before self. He was taught at an early age that in order to offer sustainable value in life, one must strive to be a servant of many. As such, community engagement is a driving force in his life journey and he strives to add sustainable value to others.

Charles serves as Secretary of the Board for Shelter House, teaches Life Skills classes to men who are incarcerated and preparing for societal re-entry, volunteers as a Wish Granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and recently (July 2019) ended his four-year tenure as Chairman of the Board for OAR Nova. He also regularly engages in other volunteer and philanthropic efforts within and external to his community.

Blog/News

Blog/News

Events

Events

Divergent Thought Radio Show

Start date: January 3, 2019

End date: December 31, 2019

Time: 8-9pm

Location: Studio 202 - DC

Divergent Thought Radio Show
Join Divergent Thought on 11 September 2019 for final episode #150. It has been a great ride. 3+ years. Tens of thousands of downloads. Beautiful memories. A forever brotherhood. Unbelievable life experiences. Call in. Talk to us. 202.506.6601

George Mason University

Start date: January 22, 2019

End date: December 31, 2019

Time: 720-10pm

Location: George Mason University

George Mason University

Blessed to teach a class on Leadership, Civility, and Personal Responsibility at George Mason University

Concerned Citizen of the Year

Start date: February 22, 2019

End date: December 31, 2019

Time: 7-10pm

Location: Johnson Center - Dewberry Hall

Concerned Citizen of the Year

Very excited to present the inaugural Concerned Citizen of the Year award at George Mason University’s Black Excellence Gala

Minority Business Leader Awards – Washington Business Journal

Start date: March 28, 2019

End date: December 31, 2019

Time: 6-9pm

Location: MGM National Harbor - ballroom

Minority Business Leader Awards – Washington Business Journal

Excited, blessed, thankful, and grateful to be selected as a 2019 Washington Business Journal Rising Star!

Spartan Race

Start date: May 11, 2019

End date: December 31, 2019

Time: 845am

Location: Nationals Stadium - DC

Spartan Race

Super excited for my upcoming Spartan Races. #TrifectaTribe

Best Kept Secrets: From Invisible Walk-ons to Life Champions

Start date: August 27, 2019

End date: December 31, 2019

Location: Varied

Best Kept Secrets: From Invisible Walk-ons to Life Champions

#NewBookAlert. I am super excited to share that Best Kept Secrets was released on 28 August 2019 and is an Amazon # 1 New Release and Best Seller. I am scheduled to go on a domestic and international book tour in 2019 and 2020. The messages in the book will help anyone who wants to summit his/her chosen mountain. #BestKeptSecrets #WalkOnWay #SportsLife

Creighton University – National Alumni Board Meeting

Start date: September 20, 2019

End date: December 31, 2019

Time: 12pm-8pm

Location: Creighton University

Creighton University – National Alumni Board Meeting

Excited to be a representative of the Creighton University National Alumni Board

Best Kept Secrets

Start date: September 27, 2019

End date: December 31, 2019

Time: 330-5pm

Location: University of Notre Dame

Best Kept Secrets

The place where it all began. I am super hype to be back on campus on 27 September 2019 for a Best Kept Secrets book signing event at the Hammes Notre Dame bookstore. #FlintMade #NotreDameEducated #WalkOnWay

Powers Catholic High School – Career Day Keynote Speaker

Start date: October 17, 2019

End date: December 31, 2019

Location: Powers Catholic High School

Powers Catholic High School – Career Day Keynote Speaker

Excited to be the keynote speaker for career day at my alma mater on 17 October 2019. As Samuel Beckett said, “try again, fail again, fail better.” #ChargerLife

Scrawl Books

Start date: November 7, 2019

End date: December 31, 2019

Time: 6-8pm

Location: Scrawl Books

Scrawl Books

Please join me for an author talk and book signing event at Scrawl books on 7 November 2019 from 6-8pm. We will discuss the power and importance of the #WalkOnWay mindset and how to be the best at what you do so that others can be the best at what they do.

CONTACT

CONTACT

Charles Thomas Jr. Contact Info 
Divergent Thought Contact Info