Episode 05: Kevin Ferguson
Common Room Conversations · 68 minutes ·

Episode 05: Kevin Ferguson

Willie welcomes Kevin to the Common Room by sharing how they first met (2:10). Kevin then discusses his time at Alabama State University, an HBCU (Historically Black College and University), where he found the trifecta (a great education, great career, and great wife) and questioned what it means to be a Black man in America (9:18). Afterward, Kevin discusses working in the oil & gas industry (BP & Chevron), proposing to his then-girlfriend, now wife Devin, and how his parent's experiences helped him relate to his colleagues from the office to the oil field (19:28). Kevin also shares a beautiful story about a bet between him and his father (25:49), why he chose Harvard Business School for his MBA, what it felt like when he got accepted, and why he decided to apply to Schwarzman and stay in Beijing after graduating from the program (29:59). Finally, Kevin reflects on becoming a father and quitting his job to begin a new venture with entrepreneurship through acquisition (43:52).

Kevin's "must-read" list:

Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told By Alex Haley (or, as Willie contends, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable)

The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson. 

The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes 

Anything by James Baldwin

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