After receiving his B.A. in English and American Literature from Harvard University, Neil went on to play professional basketball in Australia. He has been an educational administrator for the last eleven years serving as the Assistant Headmaster at the Landon School for Boys in Bethesda, MD, as Interim Head of Upper School at the Out-of-Door Academy in Sarasota, Florida. After serving as the Principal of Visible Men Academy for two years, Neil is leading the school growth and advancement initiatives as the Executive Director. Neil is an Aspen Institute Educational Entrepreneurship Fellow. He is a member of the inaugural Echoing Green/Open Society Foundations Black Male Achievement Fellowship. Neil is also a Nantucket Project Senior Fellow and was recently awarded the Nantucket Project Audience Award for his talk, “Race to Truth.” Neil has a diverse and well- esteemed public speaking background that has allowed him to present at the Aspen Institute, Soro’s Foundation, NASA, National Association of Independent Schools, The University of Miami, Leadership Florida and more. Neil serves on the Board of Directors for Washington Jesuit Academy in Northeast Washington D.C. and the United Way of Manatee County. He is an avid reader, cycler and sports enthusiast. He lives in Sarasota with his wife, Shannon Rohrer-Phillips, and their two young sons.
A. Louis Parker
Most recently, Louis left his great corporate career to attach the humanitarian crisis of education for boys of color by opening a K-8 free public schools for boys (Visible Men Academy) in the heart of the high poverty area of Bradenton, FL. He benefited from being an A Better Chance (ABC) student and attending Phillips Academy, Andover that launched his education and career and wants to provide the same opportunity for others.
Mr. Parker earned his MBA from Harvard and BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He sits on the boards of The Executive Leadership Council Foundation and A Better Chance, and previously served as a director of Grain Communications Group and ScanTech Holdings. He also holds distinction as a NACD Fellow, NACD’s highest credentialing.
As the Co-Founder of Visible Men Academy, Shannon designed and implemented the Two Generation Whole Child and Family Programs, WOMEN SHINE Gender Equity Initiatives, Community Engagement efforts, and prior to her transition from VMA in 2018, she led School Advancement Initiatives.
Shannon received her BA from Colgate University with a French and Sociology Concentration. She earned her Master’s in Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work. Shannon’s Master’s Thesis was entitled, “Family Ties, The Influence of Extended Families in Biracial Identity Development,” Her early social career was in academic medicine at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford Hospital and Georgetown University Medical Center.
In 2018, Shannon launched a social impact agency that produces diversity, equity and inclusion solutions. Shannon is the Founder of the Voice + Visibility Women’s Summit (VVWS) in Sarasota, FL. The VVWS convenes diverse, cross-sector female leaders with a mission to empower women, expand networks & opportunities, and elevate the voices of diverse women.
She lives with her husband Neil, two teenage sons and a growing tribe of pets in Sarasota. Shannon’s TEDx Talk is entitled: Failure & Forgiveness in the New South.
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