Meet Chaz Chapman
What inspires you? I’m a firm believer that healthy relationships beget inspiration and that inspiration begets more inspiration. By default, I think we are all inspired by the relationships with friends and family that afford us the transparency and opportunity to ideate together. However, I believe that I am inspired by the opportunity to always serve in three capacities. The expert- being able to influence and inspire those around me; the intermediate- being able to appreciate where I’ve been and where I want to be; and finally, the novice, being in a position to glean from those that have lit the path before me, thus, allowing me to enhance my focus and direction.
Social Media Handles: @Dapp3rdChap and ChazBroderick.com
Your favorite song currently and the artist: Fix You by Coldplay
Currently reading: Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Favorite food spot in your city: Probably EATS- they have everything and it’s good! Highly recommend.
Sweet Tea or Lemonade (it’s a Southern thing): Sweet tea….with lemon [slices]!
Describe yourself in one word: ambitious
If you attended University/College, where did you graduate: Bachelors from Kennesaw State University and Masters from the University of Georgia
If you are Greek, which organization: Only the best, my friends- Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Favorite place to visit/vacation: Any location with amazing food and great scenery. Huge fan of all things west coast- especially the Rockies.
Chaz Chapman, a strategist, philanthropist, cultural architect, and visionary is the CEO & Founder of Chapman Consulting Firm, an energetic comprehensive consulting agency. He is slated to graduate this August with his Masters of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Georgia, however, he’ll forever be an Owl at heart, having graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2014.
For the last few years, his passion for motivation in the workplace and talent management has afforded him opportunities to be a true champion of change and innovation in the higher education and nonprofit ecosystems, collectively. In fact, he credits his experiences during undergrad of attending conferences, student leader retreats and all the other fixings of student life with sowing the seeds to operate in many of his current roles. With workshops that have been presented at conferences such as the Big XII Black Student Leadership Conference and the Black Burdell’s School of Entrepreneurship, Chaz’ hope is for people to reach their optimum potential and change the world!
Tell us about your role in the community and your career. What do you do? How did this “role” come about? How and why are you best known by others?
I believe the role that I play in the community is one that I really got lucky with. I serve as the Coordinator of Campus Activities at Life University and pretty much focus all my efforts of student life and engagement- the stuff that makes college “the best four years ever”. Additionally, I operate and execute all things dealing with my own ventures- Chapman Consulting Firm and enjoy helping startups and nonprofits really hit that successful threshold where passion meets profit.
I can recall moments in my life where I always felt that I was much like a construction worker- everything I involved myself with required planning of a foundation AND people willing to handle the cumbersome tasks. I grew to love it and found it to be one of the most formidable parts of undergrad- being a part of an organization and having to start fresh and build. Eventually, I got to a point where I felt I could take this passion into the workplace and beyond with hopes that people continue to see me as simply this ambitious individual who is always willing to lend a hand.
Did you attend college and/or have formal training in your respective field or industry?
Graduated from Kennesaw State University in May of 2014 with my Bachelors and proceeded to graduated in August 2017 with my Masters from the University of Georgia.
What factors of your upbringing influenced your career goals?
Interesting enough, what I thought I wanted to do is nothing like what I’m doing now. Honestly, I didn’t have the confidence back then to see myself in this current position. My upbringing taught me about the importance of following your heart and having a strong work ethic that would open doors for you. However, it was in college that I was able to take the experiences of organizational leadership, the countless hours of event planning, the multitude of leadership retreats and team building exercises, the friendships and bonds and even learning to tie a bowtie that led me to this place- impacting lives!
How long have you been in this career? What did you do previously?
I’ve been consulting and working in development for nonprofits for almost three years and working in student affairs for about four months. It’s almost like all my past experiences have snowballed into my career now- lucky, right?!
What long-term goals do you have? What steps are you currently taking in this direction?
While it may not be the most concrete answer, I have to say my most important long-term goal is to constantly become better and always do something that I’m passionate about. I have many goals to look forward to- expanding the business, building curriculums, development programs, and the list goes on. But none of that matters without living a life of passion and sharing it with loved ones!
Tell us about your social media presence. Do you use it in your line of work? Why or why not, is it important in your day-to-day responsibilities, platform or career?
I’m probably not the best person to ask about this. I try to be this social media mogul and then my schedule quickly reminds me that there are other priorities. In the end, social media certainly matters, and I try to ensure that I am balancing between people knowing me as Chaz, the friend, and Chaz, the business.
Which public figures, role models and or historical figure shaped your goals as a child and in adulthood? Any that embodies your personal values?
I have to say my grandfather. He was just always this cool guy who did any and everything for his family and friends. Never missed a birthday or major event and I knew I could always get a happy meal with him- thanks PawPaw! He was a historian, a self-proclaimed expert at all things and a true family man.
On a more general level, I have to say Tim Duncan was also a great inspiration. I watched documentaries and admired his love for basketball and his fans. He never lost the “common touch” from what I saw and his family was certainly proud of him.
What does it mean to you to be a millennial? How do you share that with others in your life, those you meet and with your peers?
Being a millennial is almost by default based on when you were born. But to be a millennial and working toward building a legacy or setting aside time to contribute to the development of another is astonishing. It’s like a sixth sense that we often take for granted and perhaps don’t realize just how much our trajectory changes being around others that share this inimitable characteristic. We have the opportunity to change the world in the comfort of our homes, offices, cell-phones and even over brunch. All it takes, at least from what I see, is to be the one willing to start the conversation and be willing to work together to accomplish great endeavors- there’s enough for everyone to make it!
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