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Community Highlights: Meet Kam Phillips

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kam Phillips.

Hi Kam, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Without writing a novel, I’ll start the journey with me attending Emory University. I went from being a kid from Gwinnett County, GA, who only wanted to play basketball – to a young man who fully embraced the phrase old heads used to tell me, “Ball ‘till you fall, not ‘till you’re broke.” A lot of the students who attended Emory came from prestigious families and I when I saw the differences in their lifestyle, I wanted to be a part of it. I ended up majoring in Economics, learning all I could about finance, then starting a career in the corporate world.

After getting to a point in my career where I was making a comfortable six figure salary, partnering with financially successful executives, and was well on the way to attaining the lifestyle I thought would make me happy, I realized I wouldn’t be fulfilled unless I pursued my true purpose and used my gifts in full capacity to serve others, not just myself. I eventually decided to walk away from my career in finance to help students and young adults navigate through difficult situations.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Not at all. I don’t think most people have a smooth road. I usually share my full story during speaking engagements, but there were a lot of struggles and childhood trauma that wasn’t addressed until it revealed itself later in my life. On top having identity crisis’s due to being the only Black man in many of the rooms I was in, I struggled with depression, suicidal ideations, legal trouble, and near-death experiences. I’ve even spent time in behavioral health hospitals to help with my mental health challenges. I learned that no matter what someone looks like on the outside, most people have a story or invisible wounds others can’t see.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
The Kam Phillips Group specializes in developing students and early career professionals into emerging leaders by providing speaking engagements, life coaching, and curriculum to positively impact their personal development, emotional well-being, and career trajectory. Our clients include students, faculty, and staff for K-12, colleges/universities, young professional organizations, and athletic programs.

Our relatability to current students and authentic approach really sets us apart. We’ve been able to spark a true change in mindset and shift the perspective of all different types of audiences. Our message centers around Social-Emotional Learning principles and challenges people to recognize their value by discovering their values.

Presentations topics include Overcoming Adversity, Relationship Skills, Emotional Wellness, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, and Leadership Development. I’m also publishing my first book, The Bigger Picture: A Guide to Personal, Relational, and Emotional Growth for Young Adults, this summer.

How do you define success?
Success to me is having peace and being aligned with my purpose. The timing, outcome, and vehicle of what success looks like will continue to evolve. I do my best to not solely rely on my own understanding to guide my steps and know as long as I stay plugged in, I’ll continue to have peace and be fulfilled.

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Anthony Whiting (Envision Artistry) Chandler Phillips

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