Jason Terrell and Mario Jovan Shaw met through the 2012 Teach For America Corps and lived together as roommates. Frustrated with the lack of Black male teachers, they started a non-profit called Profound Gentlemen.
But the two Charlotte transplants never imagined that this work would lead them to earn one of the highest achievements in business, the Forbes 30 Under 30.
According to Forbes, they came up with the idea to cultivate mentorship opportunities for Black men, from “cradle to career.” Since launching Profound Gentlemen, Shaw, 27 and Terrell, 26, have done some amazing work. Profound Gentlemen works to provide career support for teachers while also developing mentorship opportunities for their students, young boys of color.