JumpStart Senior Adviser Lamont Mackley spends much of his time helping entrepreneurs as they work to obtain seed funding, stimulate growth and prepare to attract follow-on funding.
He also helps lead Jumpstart’s Core City: Cleveland program, an initiative dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and small business owners who live or own a business in an underserved area of Cleveland.
Recently, we sat down with Lamont to ask him five questions about his life and work at JumpStart:
What originally drew you to JumpStart?
The opportunity to get involved with entrepreneurs and use my business experience to advise them and help them grow their businesses.
What has been your favorite project at JumpStart?
I have enjoyed all my projects at JumpStart, but the current Core City: Cleveland program has been the most exciting. If successful, this program has the potential to have great and lasting impact economically on inner city communities in Cleveland. This kind of impact is so important to changing people’s lives and futures.
Which JumpStart value resonates most with you and why?
Collaborative, because it brings people together. The best ideas and solutions tend to come forth when people work together to solve problems.
If you could be anyone from any time period who would it be and why?
I have a lot of them, but I’d have to say Martin Luther King, because he impacted people on a wide society level in a moral and God-inspired way. He impacted people on a personal level to think, act and live better to their fullest potential.
What book did you last read?
“The Emotionally Healthy Leader” by Peter Scazzero.
This post is part of JumpStart’s “Employee Spotlight” series, a monthly feature introducing you to a member of our passionate, talented team.