About Clifton Taulbert

Founder and President of the Freemount Corporation Company and the Building Community Institute-A Human Capital Development Company:

Taulbert and his associates are all committed to maximizing the “Power of Community” and “Entrepreneurial Thinking” in our 21st century workplaces.

Chosen by CNN at the turn of the millennium to represent one of the many voices of community, Clifton Taulbert was born and attended school in the Mississippi Delta during the era of legal segregation. After high school and completing a four-year assignment in the United States Air Force in the 89th Presidential Wing, Taulbert completed his undergraduate work in Sociology and History at Oral Roberts University and continued his education in banking with a professional degree from the Southwest Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.

According to Taulbert, who has served as a guest professor at Harvard University, the United States Air Force Academy and FEI-Federal Executive Institute, he could have failed had it not been for the community of unselfish adults who surrounded his life—his Porch People, better known today as mentors.

This is the reality that guides his lectures and impacts the workshops designed by his team. His reach back gives him that authentic momentum needed to address the issues of developing the potential within our human capital.

The presence of his mentors in his life gave rise to his first book and the motion picture that followed, Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored. It also spawned the subsequent 12 books that followed, including the Pulitzer-nominated The Last Train North, as well as the award-winning Eight Habits of the Heart, which garnered him an invitation from former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to speak to her peers at the Library of Congress. Eight Habits has been embraced internationally.

Taulbert and his team has delivered training internationally, from NATO in Brussels to many of the continental congresses in Central America, community colleges nationally as well as Lockheed Martin, Bank of America, the United States Department of Defense and K-12 school systems around the world. Over the years, Taulbert has become a much sought after key-note speaker.

His awards have included literary recognition from the Library of Congress, the Jewish Humanitarian Award of the Year and the NAACP award for contribution to literature. Taulbert has been inducted in the United States Air Force Enlisted Heritage Hall and SMEI-Sales and Marketing Executives International. Taulbert serves on the Board of the Tulsa Area Salvation Army, the Advisory Board of the Eudora Welty Foundation, the Tulsa Historical Society and the Board of Trustees for the University of Tulsa.