Dr. Charles Cole, III is an educator focused on the advancement of youth, but more
specifically Black males. This passion comes from his experiences growing up without
proper support, including being homeless and attending more than ten elementary
schools across the country while his parents battled addiction and incarceration.
Throughout that experience, no adult, no group, no organization ever asked him how he
was achieving success nor how he was surviving. Schools were not a place where
students in similar predicaments were learning. This experience helped lead to the
publication of his first book, Beyond Grit and Resilience. As founder of Energy Convertors, Charles comes from the community and has shared many of the students’ experiences. Charles is currently a board member of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, and co-host of the 8 Black Hands Podcast. Charles’ life goal is to better the communities he grew up in, which include Chicago, Paducah (KY), and Oakland.