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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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Robert L. Dortch, Jr.


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

Robert is a native son of Richmond, Virginia. He is the eldest son of Ersell & Robert Dortch, Sr., and the grandson of Henry & Thelma Towns and James & Lucy Dortch. He’s the proud father of two sons, Malcolm and Solomon. He is the principal of Jordan/Sydnor Innovation Group LLC, a strategic coaching and consulting firm focused on leadership solutions and leadership fitness. Robert’s career as an executive leader spans more than 25 years, primarily in the philanthropic and non-profit sector at the governance and executive level, where he has been responsible for stewarding upwards of $100 million into numerous domestic non-profit and philanthropic efforts. As a featured speaker, lecturer, facilitator, and executive coach, he’s spoken to thousands of audiences, nationally and internationally, and reached over a million people with messages of inspiration focused on leadership, innovation, courage, resilience, and change. He’s the author of Adventures in Leadership: A 30-Day Quest to Elevate Your Leadership & Life. As a philanthropist, Robert co-founded the Ujima Legacy Fund in 2013, one of the most prominent giving circles in the United States. He recently launched the Jordan Sydnor Genesis Fund. Robert’s educational background includes 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 also received an Executive Coaching Leadership Certification from Georgetown University and a Diversity and Inclusion (DEI) Certification from Cornell University. As an adventurer, he has completed three 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 and to create spaces where everybody can be somebody.

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