How to Overcome Challenges to Make a Difference: David Northern

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Ep. 25 Bonus - David Northern - How do you pull yourself from a rough childhood in public housing to an executive who works to help families better themselves and break the cycle to make a difference? David's biological father was a gangster; he was in the burn unit with severe burns in 3rd grade; and he grew up in the murder capital of the U.S in the 90's. Overcoming challenges and obstacles, he has risen through many positions to become an executive director and leader in the affordable housing industry. As President/CEO, David Northern leads the largest housing authority in Alabama, serving more than 22,840 residents through affordable housing programs. In this episode, David talks about his childhood adversities and how he transformed his life by making changes.

Key Takeaways:

    • How to learn from everybody on what to do and not what to do
    • How to completely change your life by taking the available opportunity
    • Committing to a life of constant change by being available to people who need it
    • How to continually strive for change and use your achievements as motivation

"Don't discount anybody, because you can learn from everybody. What to do and what not to do." -David Northern

In this episode you'll discover:

The Dollars for Scholars program that David's invested in for nonprofit, plus the fundraising gala [2:40]
David narrates his childhood adversities plus the roles models he looked up to [5:53]
The opportunity he took to be exposed to different things and achieve a better education [8:04]
How David committed to breaking the mental brokenness and crime cycles in his life [13:19]
How he took a leap of faith to care for his children and be a role model [15:39]
David's rough experience at Philadelphia Housing Authority [17:12]
Why his divorce is the hardest thing he's done although it was necessary [18:25]
He explains how he's motivated by his accomplishments [19:47]
David advises young people to make it happen and be at the table to get their share [22:55]

CAREER

As President/CEO, David Northern leads the largest housing authority in Alabama, serving more than 22,840 residents through affordable housing programs. David Northern is the Executive Director/CEO, Leader, Mentor, High School Coach, and Founder of an Executive Coaching Company.

AWARDS

He was also the recipient of 2015 most influential African American of Lake County and a member of many boards. He is known for his innovative housing solutions. He creates many opportunities for subsidized housing residents including the scholars-for-dollars program and a major funding-raising event, the Gala.

EDUCATION

David Northern's educational background includes a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Ball State University. He is currently a first-year student in Auburn University's Master of Real Estate Development program.

RESOURCES

LinkedIn
Alabama News Article
WVTM News
Being Black in America
Biz Journals

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