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George Cylie Fraser

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Business Networking Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Earth Tones, Browns, and Beiges
Favorite Food:
Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
If You Don't Live It, It Won't Come Out Of Your Horn

Birthplace

Born:
5/1/1945
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Business Networking Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Earth Tones, Browns, and Beiges
Favorite Food:
Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
If You Don't Live It, It Won't Come Out Of Your Horn

Birthplace

Born:
5/1/1945
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker George Fraser was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1945. One of eight children born to Ida Mae Baldwin and Walter Frederick Fraser, he graduated from the Thomas Edison Vocational High School, attended New York University and received his executive training at Dartmouth College’s Amos and Tuck School of Business.

Fraser spent seventeen years in management with Proctor & Gamble, the United Way and the Ford Motor Company. He wrote his first book, bestseller Success Runs in Our Race: The Complete Guide to Effective Networking in the African Community, in 1994. His second book, Race for Success: The Ten Best Business Opportunities for Blacks in America, was selected as one of the ten best business books of 1999 by Booklist magazine. He is also the creator and publisher of the award winning SuccessGuide: The Networking Guide to Black Resources. Twenty versions of SuccessGuide have been published and a worldwide edition was released in August 2000.

Fraser has received many awards and citations for his community service, including the United Negro College Fund National Volunteer of the Year Award and an Architects of the Village Award from Allstate Insurance. He is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. In 1986, as director of marketing and communications for the United Way of Cleveland, he conceived, planned and led the release of 1.4 million balloons, the largest single balloon release in history.

The publication Vital Speeches of the Day has selected three of Mr. Fraser’s speeches to be reprinted and distributed worldwide, a first for any professional speaker in America.

He has been featured in articles in Black Enterprise and Upscale magazines.

Fraser and his wife, Nora Jean (née Spencer), are the parents of two sons.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of George Cylie Fraser's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - George Cylie Fraser remembers his paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - George Cylie Fraser talks about his relationship with his parents, his siblings, and growing up in foster care
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - George Cylie Fraser explains why his father migrated to the United States
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - George Cylie Fraser lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - George Cylie Fraser describes the sights, smells, and sounds of his childhood in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - George Cylie Fraser talks about his foster family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - George Cylie Fraser remembers reuniting with his father and older brothers at eighteen years old
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - George Cylie Fraser remembers his elementary school teachers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - George Cylie Fraser describes his middle and high school experiences in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - George Cylie Fraser remembers his determination to graduate from high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - George Cylie Fraser describes his father's personality and influence
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - George Cylie Fraser describes the impact of his mother's institutionalization
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - George Cylie Fraser explains the origin of his interest in entrepreneurship, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - George Cylie Fraser explains the origin of his interest in entrepreneurship, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - George Cylie Fraser remembers influential figures in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - George Cylie Fraser talks about racial identity and W.E.B. Du Bois' theory of double consciousness
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - George Cylie Fraser talks about his entrepreneurial nature as a young child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - George Cylie Fraser explains how he and his brothers avoided the Vietnam War draft
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - George Cylie Fraser talks about the physical and psychological impact of the Vietnam War on his friends in the military
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - George Cylie Fraser talks about relocating to Cleveland, Ohio in the mid-1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - George Cylie Fraser talks about working for Encyclopedia Britannica and opening the Black Educational Development storefront in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - George Cylie Fraser describes being hired at Procter & Gamble and becoming chairman of the United Negro College Fund
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - George Cylie Fraser talks about his social life in the 1970s and being named Ebony magazine's Most Eligible Bachelors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - George Cylie Fraser talks about the development of SuccessNet after he was recruited by the Ford Motor Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - George Cylie Fraser talks about SuccessNet's bankruptcy in the mid-1990s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - George Cylie Fraser considers what he learned from his company's bankruptcy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - George Cylie Fraser describes SuccessNet's recovery from bankruptcy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - George Cylie Fraser talks about the inspiration behind 'Race For Success,' his second bestselling self-help book
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - George Cylie Fraser talks about working in the lecture circuit in the 1990s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - George Cylie Fraser talks about his audience demographic
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - George Cylie Fraser describes why his message is appealing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - George Cylie Fraser talks about connecting with his audiences on a spiritual level
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - George Cylie Fraser critiques the challenges and changes within the American economy in between 2000 and 2004
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - George Cylie Fraser talks about his appearance on HistoryMaker Tavis Smiley's 2005 State of the Black Union symposium
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - George Cylie Fraser relays his message from the 'State of the Black Union' symposium with HistoryMaker Tavis Smiley in 2005
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - George Cylie Fraser talks about facilitating upward mobility within the African American demographic, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - George Cylie Fraser talks about facilitating upward mobility within the African American demographic, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - George Cylie Fraser talks about economic accountability, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - George Cylie Fraser talks about economic accountability, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - George Cylie Fraser critiques the economic state of the African American demographic
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - George Cylie Fraser talks about his marriage and work-life balance
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - George Cylie Fraser talks about his marriage to Nora Jean Fraser
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - George Cylie Fraser reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - George Cylie Fraser describes his family's involvement in the FraserNet business, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - George Cylie Fraser describes his family's involvement in the FraserNet business, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - George Cylie Fraser considers his optimism for the future of the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - George Cylie Fraser considers the value in networking within the black community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - George Cylie Fraser narrates his photographs