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The Jordan/Sydnor Philosophy
  • We believe dreaming is the first step to success.

  • We believe in the love of humanity and that everybody should be seen, heard, valued and have an opportunity to be their best and make a difference.

  • We believe you’ve got to humanize data to make it real and to make it work. 

  • We believe a growth mindset is the key to learning and leading. 

  • We believe availability and access to opportunity is the key to progress.

  • We believe that trust is the key to triumph.

  • We believe that empathy and engagement is the bridge to successfully bringing together diverse perspectives.

  • We believe if you show up and stay present good things can happen.

  • We believe in modeling your mission and doing meaningful work not just busy work, because activity doesn't always equal achievement.

  • We believe in "this/and" solutions 

  • We believe in resilience, if you fail or fall while trying, you can get back up and try again.

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I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.

~ Langston Hughes

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Robert L. Dortch, Jr.


Robert L. Dortch, Jr. - Leadership Strategist, Coach & Facilitator. Robert is a native son of Richmond, Virginia. He is the eldest son of Robert & Ersell Dortch, Sr. and the grandson of Henry & Thelma Towns and James & Lucy Dortch. He’s the proud father of two sons. Robert founded the Jordan/Sydnor Innovation Group, a coaching and consulting practice. He is a certified executive leadership coach and consultant. He has worked closely with more than 100 executives, entrepreneurs, board trustees, emerging leaders, and leadership teams, by holistically synthesizing customized coaching action plans that meet the diverse aspirations and demands of twenty-first century leaders. Robert’s career as an executive leader, spans more than 25 years, primarily in the philanthropic and non-profit sector, where he has been responsible for stewarding upwards of $100 million dollars into numerous domestic and international efforts. He is a nationally recognized philanthropic and non-profit subject matter expert, specializing in leveraging innovation, equity and partnerships to make placed based philanthropy accessible and transformative. Currently he is the Chair, Board of Trustees, for Philanthropy Southeast. One of the largest philanthropic serving organizations in the United States with more than 330 members serving 11 states in the American Southeast & the Caribbean. As a featured speaker, lecturer and facilitator he has spoken to thousands of audiences, nationally and internationally and reached over a million people with his messages of inspiration, hope, love, courage, resilience and change. Robert is a philanthropist who co-founded the Ujima Legacy Fund, one of the largest African American men giving circle in the United States. He is a licensed and ordained minister who served more than 10 years as a Senior Pastor. Previously, Robert served as the Vice-President of Program and Community Innovation for the Robins Foundation, a family foundation based in Richmond, Virginia. During his tenure, he led a team in the innovative and strategic deployment of more than $30 million dollars through catalytic grantmaking and impact investing to address complex placed based social, programmatic and policy issues. Robert has degrees in Business Administration (B.B.A.) from James Madison University and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from the Samuel D. Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University. He received his Executive Coaching Leadership Certification through Georgetown University and his Diversity and Inclusion (DEI) Certification through Cornell University. Also, Robert is an adventurer who has completed 3 marathons and received his Mountain Climbing Certification for summitting Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain in the world. Robert's life mission is to be a creative force for good.

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