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“Engineering Justice: How 2nd Chances Fuel Business to New Heights” with David Windecher
“I can’t find good help” is a common challenge for many entrepreneurs. There’s a source of highly qualified, loyal staff that you probably haven’t tapped into. David Windecher shares his story of how he went from being a being in prison as a Latin King gang member to a lawyer, actor, and CEO. He now helps other people with a past stay out of prison with his organization RED (Rehabilitation Enables Dreams).
He’s doing a special session with EO Atlanta with his team and as part of our Impact Series. David and his team share their personal journey of how they went from being incarcerated to where they are now.
In addition to their stories, they’ll cover how you can implement and tap into an underutilized talent pool. You’ll get resources on
- How to address your staff and culture.
- How to eliminate some biases when hiring.
- How to source, interview, and vet candidates.
- How to get a Tax break for hiring
This is part of the Social Impact series. EO is partnering with the UN on how businesses can implement the UN SDGs and get a business benefit from it.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
RED Founder David Lee Windecher is a trailblazing orator, author, and lawyer in the growing movement to end mass incarceration and redress racial inequity in the criminal justice system.
In his autobiography The American Dream / HiSstory in the Making, David shares the harsh realities of growing up as an impoverished immigrant on the streets of Miami-Dade County. He was arrested 13 times and spent over 7 months incarcerated as a juvenile. He dropped out of high school and joined a gang for protection. His street name was Red. David endured the brutal climate of lawlessness on the streets by both criminals and the police. All the while he dreamed of becoming a lawyer and fighting for those who don’t have the resources to pay for justice.
David began his path to self-rehabilitation when he earned his GED in March of 1998 and took his first academic steps toward his childhood dream of becoming a lawyer. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from American Intercontinental University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2005 and earned his Juris Doctorate degree from John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Georgia in 2012. David was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 2012 and the Florida Bar in 2014. David is a member of the Georgia and Florida Court of Appeals, the Georgia and Florida Supreme Court, the Northern District of Georgia United States District Court, and the American Bar Association. David specializes in criminal defense, juvenile law, and expungement procedures.
David’s transformation from the defendant to defense attorney boldly challenges our historical definition of justice and exposes our deeply flawed ideas about criminality. His story compels us to acknowledge the loss of our humanity within the legal system and reconsider how our punitive approach damages people and our community at large.
David is a recipient of Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award in 2013, 2014, and 2015. In 2015, David was named “40 Under 40” by Atlanta Business Chronicle and Georgia Trend Magazine. David is a frequent guest on local and national television and radio shows as an expert legal analyst. David is living proof that Rehabilitation Enables Dreams. He founded RED in March of 2015 to help at-risk youths referred to the criminal justice system escape the cycle of mass incarceration and legal oppression. RED’s restorative justice program helps youths reclaim personal dignity and gain social mobility through alternative education, mentor support, and community partnerships.
This event is open to EO Members, Accelerators, and SAPs. Key Staff may attend the virtual portion only!
VIRTUAL EVENT WILL BE HELD 4:00 – 5:30 PM
IN-PERSON EVENT WILL BE HELD 5:30 – 8:00 PM