#BLACKBOYFLY is a movement designed to encourage and mentor Black males of all ethnicities in regard to overcoming obstacles to achieve their goals. Throughout the year, Dr. Isaac Yao Addae will bring attention to this movement by empowering Black males to fly toward their dreams. Along his career, he has mentored and spoken to many groups of Black males to offer words of advice, empowerment, and inspiration. Throughout his life, Isaac dreamt of taking flight toward his dreams, yet faced many obstacles and challenges that kept him on the ground. He wants every Black male to know one thing, you were born to fly! Life is truly a journey, and with every battle you fight, you gain the strength you’ll need to soar!

Dr. Addae is a first-generation Ghanaian American, business professor & change agent dedicated to shifting the trajectory of individuals, communities & organizations. He is dedicated to applying his industry and academic career insights to help individuals and organizations achieve their goals through fostering purpose-driven cultures that embrace diversity, inclusion, and entrepreneurial thinking.

As a consultant, Isaac works with business, community, and government leaders on organizational strategy, leadership development, and relationship building. He offers workshops, lectures, coaching, and consulting to leaders and their teams. Isaac also serves as the Chief Development Officer of Pivot Technology School were he develops relationships with stakeholders to further Pivot’s mission of preparing minorities for technology careers.

Change and impact are Isaac’s passions, and he has proven his efforts by establishing organizations that will continue to shift the norms within communities. He is the founder of Conscious Conversation, a community engagement platform that leads dialogue on community issues, and The Hub for Urban Entrepreneurship, a social enterprise that supports minority business development. In recognition of his efforts, Isaac has received numerous awards and has been called to serve as a member of several civic and nonprofit boards.

Isaac received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Systems Engineering from Tennessee State University, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the Morgan State University Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management. Isaac enjoys running, cycling, and traveling with his family. He resides in Nashville, TN.