Rahim Islam, Convener

Rahim Islam is a National Speaker and Writer, Convener of both the Philadelphia Community of Leaders (PCOL) and the Milwaukee Community of Leaders (MCOL). He has been President/CEO of Universal Companies – a Community Development and Education Management Company since its inception in 1993. Universal Companies is headquartered in Philadelphia, PA with offices in Milwaukee, WI and Newark, NJ.

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About Rahim Islam

Rahim Islam is a National Speaker and Writer, Convener of both the Philadelphia Community of Leaders (PCOL) and the Milwaukee Community of Leaders (MCOL). He has been President/CEO of Universal Companies – a Community Development and Education Management Company since its inception in 1993. Universal Companies is headquartered in Philadelphia, PA with offices in Milwaukee, WI and Newark, NJ.

A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Islam was raised in the Tioga Section of North Philadelphia where he attended Cleveland Elementary School, Gillespie Jr. High and Gratz High School. Mr. Islam is a graduate of LaSalle University with dual degrees in accounting and finance. A proponent of life-long learning, his educational background also includes specialty areas of tax accounting, oil refining, investment banking, marine transportation, and community & real estate development.

In 1993, Mr. Islam successfully completed the Pennsylvania Certified Public Accounting exam and holds a Pennsylvania real estate license. An accomplished accountant and financial analyst with vast experience in business and economics, Mr. Islam has more than 25 years of experience in both marine and inland transportation as well as accounting and financial reporting and analysis.

Mr. Islam is one of the co-founders of Universal Companies (Universal), a comprehensive community development, education management and community empowerment organization. Universal was founded by Kenneth Gamble, Mr. Islam’s mentor and an accomplished singer, songwriter, music composer and philanthropist. Under Mr. Islam’s leadership, as President and CEO since its inception in 1993, Universal is the largest African American led private manager of public schools in the country and also one of the largest African American led organizations in both Philadelphia and Milwaukee. Under his direct leadership, Universal has been the conduit for over $1.5 Billion of real estate investment developing nearly 2,000 units of housing of all types in several neighborhoods in Philadelphia, PA, Camden, NJ, and Newark, NJ. Universal currently educates over 5,500 students in 12 schools (K-12) and employs nearly 750 professionals across disciplines of education, real estate, community development, social work, technology, finance, public engagement and preventive health.

Mr. Islam is the ultimate organizer and is currently the “Convener” of both the PCOL and MCOL organizations which have begun to organize the leaders of both Philadelphia and Milwaukee to aggregate the talent, skills, and capacities of the Black community. These organizations will support and implement a Black political and economic agenda while developing a “collective” strategy to address the many “systemic” social and economic issues facing the Black community in those cities. Efforts are underway to expand to other cities and discussions have also begun to scale up this model to organize Black leaders nationally.

In addition to speaking engagements across the country, Mr. Islam is the founder and author of “Universally Speaking with Rahim Islam” which is the brand under which you can find all of his writings, podcasts of public appearances and radio broadcasts. Mr. Islam hosts several radio shows that are featured on 860AM WNOV Radio-Milwaukee twice a week and 900AM WURD Radio-Philadelphia weekly, both Black owned radio stations. In addition, Mr. Islam’s column “Universally Speaking with Rahim Islam” is currently carried weekly in several Black owned newspapers across the country.

Mr. Islam’s communication efforts on radio, in print and on social media reach tens of thousands of Black people weekly with a message of Unifying the Black people as the only solution to “move the needle” for the Black community.

Current Message To the Community

Both our allies and our adversaries are listening closely to what the President says and sometimes doesn’t say, which is why previous Presidents were extremely scripted when they spoke to the public, and they had a strong command of the issues. Being politically correct is important because your words can offend and/or be misinterpreted, which is why Presidents are very careful of what they say.

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Past Messages To the Community

» Donald Trump is America’s Hypocrisy – 10/11/2017

» The Black Community Must Organize and Protest – 9/28/2017

» America Must Lead Abroad and at Home: Part 1 – 9/13/2017

» When it Comes to Racism, We’re Asking the Wrong Questions – 9/5/2017

» Black Leaders are Failing our Community – 8/24/2017

» Trump is a Racist, but so are so Many White People – 8/16/2017

» Who Can/Will Lead the Black Community and Why are Black Leaders Silent? – 8/7/2017

» Wake Up Black Leaders – Where are You Now? – 7/26/2017

» Independence Continues to Elude the Black Community in America – Part 1, 7/10/2017

» The Entire Political System Has Failed the Black Community, 6/28/2017

» The Black Leaders Must be Accountable to Black People and Black Unity – Part 3, 6/20/2017

» The Black Leaders Must be Accountable to Black People – 6/7/2017

» The Black Leaders Must be Accountable to Black Economics: Part 2, 5/25/2017

» The Black Leaders Must be Accountable to Black Economics – 5/18/2017

» The Black Community Suffers from a Massive Economic Structural Deficit – Part 5, 5/10/2017

» The Black Community Suffers from a Massive Economic Structural Deficit – Part 4, 5/2/2017

» The Black Community Suffers from a Massive Economic Structural Deficit – Part 3, 4/25/2017

» The Black Community Suffers from a Massive Economic Structural Deficit: Part 2 – 4/12/2017

» The Black Community Suffers from a Massive Economic Structural Deficit: Part 1 – 4/5/2017

» The Black Community Must Unite Around an Economic Agenda: Part 2 – 3/20/2017