INSPIRATION AND HOPE FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM
As the son of a housekeeper, Doug grew up in an impoverished environment. At an early age he was thrown into the role of father figure to his three younger siblings while lacking a strong male role model for himself. Doug’s greatest ambition was to become the first member in his family to attend college – a dream challenged when his family became homeless during his senior year in high school. Despite homelessness and discouragement from guidance counselors to attend college, Doug aggressively pursued his dream and was accepted into Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts to pursue a Business and Human Resources Management degree. Five years later he was chosen as the Student Commencement Speaker for his class and preceded then President of the United States, Bill Clinton. President Clinton was so impressed with Doug’s leadership, tenacity, and grit for success that he invited him and his mother to the White House.