If there is one word to describe this episode, it is persistence. If you didn’t notice, this episode is three days late in being posted and that is because I ran into technical issue after technical issue. But with persistence, I was able to finally upload the file late on Monday evening, so our listeners that subscribe via iTunes or Spotify have already had the privilege to take an early listen.
I digress, let’s refocus on what is truly significant here and that is Mr. Marvin Worthy. See Marvin came into my life a little over two years ago after he decided to be persistent in his endeavor for us to connect. We had originally been introduced via LinkedIn through a common connection, that strongly encouraged us to connect. I was appreciative for the introduction but will admit I put scheduling an actual meeting low on my priority list.
Regardless of whatever amount of time had passed, Marvin consistently followed up until we finally had something on the calendar. It was only a phone call, but the bond was nearly instant and undeniable. Soon afterward, I took him up on an invite to attend a networking group in Mechanicsburg, PA. It was there that I actually met Marvin for the first time and I will never forget the conversation following that meeting. He inspired me and renewed my drive to pursue my vision.
It was a moment of rejuvenation that was much needed, I was definitely in a place where the world of entrepreneurship had beaten me down and I was struggling to find my footing again. I was struggling to believe that my why was strong enough and that my vision was even possible. Marvin got me back up, dusted me off and sent me back out into the world, ready for whatever was coming next. Thank you!
About Marvin Worthy
For more than 25 years, Marvin Worthy has been committed to minimizing the devastation caused by a lack of civility and a sense of belonging. As the President and CEO of Worthy Consulting & Training, Worthy has assisted colleges and universities like Penn State, University of Notre Dame, Michigan State University, North Carolina A&T, Carnegie Mellon University, North Park University, Chestnut Hill College, and organizations like Dentsply International, Inc., Franklin County Housing Authority, and Glatfelter Insurance Group in building inclusive educational and workplace communities and culturally competent students and staff. Interacting with thousands of participants per year, Worthy has made it his mission to inspire and motivate his audiences to include not exclude, to accept not reject, and to act not ignore.
Worthy served as the Associate Dean of Students, Director of the Office of Organizational Development and Multicultural Training, and Director of Multicultural Student affairs at Shippensburg University and Assistant Residence Life Area Coordinator for the University of Delaware.
In recognition of his many contributions to diversity and service to the community, Worthy is the recipient of the Shippensburg University Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March for Humanity Award and Outstanding Effort Award, the ACT 101 Distinguished Service Award, the University of Delaware Richard A. Wilson Outstanding Service Award, the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education Appreciation and Outstanding Service Award, and the YMCA Community Development Award.
To compliment his commitment to inclusive excellence and student development, Worthy holds a Master of Science in College Student Personnel, Master of Science in College Counseling, and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education.