Ante Williams continues his grandfather’s legacy at work and beyond.
How do the grandchildren of those courageous activists who forged America’s civil rights movement carry on a great legacy in today’s 21st century world?
Ante Williams, whose grandfather was at the forefront of integrating Sumter County, Georgia public schools, found the answer to that question right inside his daily professional life at Accenture.
A consulting specialist, Ante helps lead the company’s African-American Employee Resource Group in Atlanta. He also focuses on pulling together the kinds of inclusive teams that today’s forward-looking clients demand.
“We’re not there yet,” he admits about the company’s diversity numbers. “But Accenture actually walks the talk. Our clients see a diverse team coming to them with different ideas and different thoughts that can help solve their business problems.”
Through Accenture’s Corporate Citizenship program, Ante works with Atlanta-area KIPP, the Knowledge is Power Program, public charter schools, which have a track record of turning disadvantaged students into college-bound academic stars.
“Don’t take the no’s personally. Sometimes it’s just about timing.”
Ante also finds deep fulfillment in mentoring young black men “who have experienced some of life’s toughest challenges,” as he puts it, through his membership in the Emerging 100 of Atlanta, a network of high-achieving professionals.
“My advice to younger people is: ‘Don’t take the no’s personally,’” he says. “Sometimes it’s just about timing.”
In all these ventures, memories of his grandfather—a close childhood friend of former President Jimmy Carter—linger in his mind.
“He was a very quiet man,” recalls Williams. “A very peaceful and spiritual man. But he wanted us to understand the history that came with our name.”
A history that Ante Williams builds on, each and every day.
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