If the stage changed, his purpose didn't. That's real leadership.

Driving to work I saw a really large pine tree decorated with gifts underneath. A big smile came to my face as I remembered Mr. Neader's words during yesterday's service. 'Reese is a gift'

I wasn't going to post and instead reflect on Reese through random emails and old texts I have, but then driving to work I saw a really large pine tree decorated with gifts underneath. A big smile came to my face as I remembered Mr. Neader's words during yesterday's service. 'Reese is a gift'


When I met Reese Neader nearly 3 years ago, his personality filled up the room at Upper Cup Coffee House. He called me often to get at me about opening another Caribbean Restaurant & would text as he reflected on the great Roti he had while in D.C. He flipped once when I brought him some jerk chicken-"Let's feast!"

I don't think I've ever met anyone who understood more that his purpose would lead to his platform. Many folks I know chase the space-they throw the bricks life gave them, rather than turn them into platforms for others. No matter the room he was in, the people he would meet, or the stage he was on- he always was lead by his purpose...and his energy made others join in. His purpose was spotlighted on his platform- Forge & Kiva--but no matter where he was, he was ON PURPOSE. If the stage changed, his purpose didn't. That's real leadership.

When I came to him with an idea from the youth at LeaderSpark to do bee keeping, he was the first to get it & told me he would dress up in a bee costume to pitch it to others if that's what it would take. Oh, how would have loved to see him in tights, but his enthusiasm on display was great for the kids to understand the art of selling...and I'm forever grateful for the time he took to go inside juvenile detention with us to talk about entrepreneurship. I'll miss you friend.#ForgeOn #GreatAmerican

Memory from WKay Wilson