As we wrap up Thanksgiving and head into the 2019 holiday season, we wanted to re-release an episode about hope, empowerment, and giving back with Cedric Bobo, Co-Founder of Project Destined. Project Destined is a social impact nonprofit that trains inner-city youth and military families to be active partners in sourcing and financing real estate investments. Students then receive a percentage of the profits from those investments in the form of scholarship funds.
Cedric, who grew up in an underserved community in Memphis, became obsessed with business at a young age, inspired by his mother who worked for FedEx. He then received a degree in engineering, attended Harvard Business School, and spent the first part of his career in private equity, culminating in becoming an executive at Carlyle Group. Cedric has an entrepreneurial spirit, and he wanted to combine his two passions of investment and social impact, which drove him to create Project Destined in 2016. Today the program is in 7 cities and has high-profile support from real estate companies like Blackstone, Brookfield, Cortland and Walker & Dunlop and celebrities like A-Rod, Jennifer Lopez, and Mariano Rivera.
In addition to this episode with Cedric, Leading Voices has interviewed many leaders in the real estate business making a difference in our communities, including Jane Graf from Mercy Housing, Jonathan Rose from Jonathan Rose Companies, Daryl Carter from Avanath, Bobby Turner from Turner Impact Capital, Ron Terwilliger from Trammell Crow Residential, John Stewart from the John Stewart Companies, and others. Visit leadingvoicespodcast.com to hear these episodes and more.
Episodes will be released the first and third Mondays of every month, with our next interview on December 16 with David Brickman, CEO of Freddie Mac.