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CEO & Co-Founder, MinorityProfessionalNetwork.com
C.J. Bland is a stand-up guy.
While some are prone to sit back, throw up their hands and complain at
the lack of opportunities available, C.J. Bland prefers to make things
happen. And he’s not just out for self; rather, he believes in serving
his brothers and sisters.
The president and co-founder of the Minority Professional Network is
convinced that while you’re busy pulling yourself up by your bootstraps,
you might need a shoulder or two to lean on. That’s where his Web site
comes in handy. In existence for less than four years,
MinorityProfessionalNetwork.com is “a global marketing portal that has
attracted over 2 million visitors” in that amount of time, says Bland.
The site “focuses on providing content, information and resources to
help build relevance, value, benefits or interests to culturally diverse
professionals.” Those who log on can find plenty of assistance in terms
of job announcements, event listings and professional organization
This isn’t Bland’s first foray into publishing such valuable
information. The past local president of the National Black MBA
Association, actually started a local publication in 1998 called the
Atlanta Info Connection, which printed press releases and announcements
targeting minority professionals. Eventually, a sister publication—Job
Info Connection—was born as a result.
But beyond easing the job search, Bland is committed to helping others
discover their life’s purpose. “At the end of the day, you can’t
really count on corporate America to provide total fulfillment to you
because very few people are going into jobs and staying there
indefinitely,” he says. “So I think that it’s very, very important
to focus on your passion.” -rodney