About Michael E. Parker
As a young child who grew up in Richmond, California, Michael E. Parker faced more than his fair share of challenges. Coming of age in a tough neighborhood without resources is hard, there’s no question about that. Even so, Michael found his way to a fulfilling and fruitful career as an entrepreneur, motivator, and leader. However, Michael is the first to attribute his drive to succeed to the love and support of the adults who encouraged him along the way. These positive influences motivated Michael not only to have big dreams but helped him develop the courage to try and accomplish his goals.
When Michael E. Parker came to a pivotal crossroads just on the brink of adulthood, this network encouraged him to think about what it was that he wanted for himself and his life. Michael decided then and there to commit himself to higher education and building a career.
Michael was resolved to choose the right path, and subsequently earned both his B.A. and M.B.A. After graduating, he went on to become a successful entrepreneur, author, teacher, philanthropist and motivational speaker.
Michael E. Parker has received numerous awards and distinctions of honor. Due to his numerous contributions to the East Bay Community, East Bay Business Times named Michael as a “40 under 40”. He is also the author of the book, “Who Said So?”
While Michael knows that hard work, discipline and ambition played a major role in his success, he also knows that the support and direction he received as a young man was critical.
Given the environment and numerous obstacles that he faced, Michael E. Parker easily could have failed or chosen a much less challenging path. But with the right encouragement and support at a critical point in his life, Michael was able to see his own potential and focus on finding his road to success.
Because many young people growing up in underserved or challenging circumstances don’t have a support system or positive influences, Michael E. Parker allocates his philanthropic efforts to causes that positively impact youth in similar circumstances.
There is more to philanthropy than just money. Michael believes that it’s also about giving your time and energy to help others. Through lectures, speaking engagements and various workshops, Michael aims to inspire a generation through positive thinking. He hopes to foster a school of thought that allows everyone to become their best selves.