Today we’d like to introduce you to Kwame Egerton II.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Kwame. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Born in Brooklyn New York, I’ve always been a renaissance man with a quiet laid back demeanor but a fire which burned within yearning to win. I excelled academically, partly due to my father’s strict parenting style. I can remember doing push-ups in front of a teacher while crying crocodile tears during parent-teachers night because I received a 75 in a course. Along with academics, I always had an interest in technology and how things worked. Being a millennial, I can remember transitioning from my grandmother yelling at me as a child to hang up the phone so that she can connect to the internet to only a few years later having an endless flow of Wifi as a teenager. It was always intriguing to me how such a drastic transformation which improved the way we lived occurred in such a short amount of time. Next, I’ve always loved fashion. This influence came directly from my mother who’s currently a Senior Fabric Manager at Norma Kamali. As a high school student, I would go to the Soho area of NYC just to check out the latest trends. Lastly, rounding out my many interest is travel. My enthusiasm in travel spawned from the urge to explore culture and go through experiences outside of the walls of my Crown Heights, Bed Stuy, or Clinton Hill Brooklyn neighborhoods.
I provided this background to give a base understanding on how my up brining has molded me into who I am today. The academic excellence as a child from elementary school through studying Systems and Information Science at Syracuse University, my early intrigue in technology, fashion, and travel has allowed me to pursue a career in Technology as a consultant at Accenture as well as an up and coming Tech Start up Founder with the goal of changing the way people shop.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Life is a roller coaster, it has peaks and valleys but the bumps and bruises teach lessons which only help you to grow. I grew up in households where it felt as if more abuse existed than love. Also, the passing of my Godmother from breast cancer who was like a second mother to me while in college. Both tribulations which helped to build character and provided valuable life lessons and experiences which molded me into the person I am today.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I’m a professional problem solver. I work with a majority of the Fortune 100 to get to their business goals by implementing technology solutions. I’ve worked with clients in the Federal government while living in DC. While in DC I helped a client to improve the frontend website and backend infrastructure for the Affordable Care Act. ACA or Obama Care allowed healthcare to expand across the country, improve the overall quality of coverage for Americans, lower premiums and out of pocket costs. I’ve also worked in Silicon Valley helping a hospitality client to transform their payments platform and take needed steps for an initial public offering.
I’m known specifically for product management within the organization. Being able to take an idea for a product (i.e. mobile app, website, etc.) and create a clear and concise roadmap and strategy to make that idea for a product reality. Once the strategy is cemented, I’m known to be able to work directly with engineers to define functional requirements, epics, and user stories for the product to create detailed specs of how the product should be built. I understand the trends within a particular market and features which should be prioritized to help differentiate our product and create the best possible experience for the customer. In regards to technical focus I’m known for artificial intelligence & machine learning. By 2025 it’s expected that machines will perform more task than humans within the workforce. I’m known for understanding how AI is affecting each industry & how to build & create AI based products.
What sets me apart from others is the ability to manage the strenuous work-life balance which comes along with consulting, hectic travel schedules, mentorship, non profit work, along with entrepreneurial endeavors in tandem. I recently founded The Egerton Group. A parent company which will house multiple sub-corporations which will aim to change the way people shop.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up I was actually fairly quiet and introverted (a lot of people who met me after the age of 22 would be surprised by this). If I was close with you my personality would be present but if you were a stranger you wouldn’t get much out of me. I’ve always had a nonchalant laid back attitude. My Godmother used to tell me stories about her leaving me on the bed as a baby to shower. When she returned I was always in the same place enjoying television unbothered.
As I got into my adolescence, I was always a “Cool Nerd”. I was skipped in Highschool for Math, was known for being well dressed, an athlete, and had the capability to excel in STEM-related topics in my studies.
I’ve grown to become an introverted extrovert at this point in my life. This change has helped me to excel within both my career and personal life.
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