WAUKESHA, Wis. — From immigration to leadership, a local entrepreneur is on a mission to take Wisconsin companies to the next level.
Djoly Souffrant spends each day leading leaders to success.
“I wanted to start an organization that primarily focused on helping people to be the best that they can be in fulfilling their goals,” said Djoly.
This year, he opened his leadership firm in Waukesha. Using virtual training like this one, Djoly coaches Wisconsin executives, showing them how to create the best working environment. In light of recent events surrounding racial injustice here and across the country, Djoly says his key focus is diversity and inclusion amongst professional millennials.
“75% of the workforce will consist of a millennial generation and if organizations don’t really look to foster an inclusive organization, they are going to miss out on a huge population as the baby boomers start to exit.”
The 37-year-old father of two is passionate about this generation because he’s a part of it. His story of entrepreneurship started with immigration and is proof of the American Dream. Born and raised in Haiti, Djoly, at age 11, moved to Florida with his family under high expectations.
“The biggest thing my dad has always expressed to me is that you’re in the land where anything is possible, because if you were in Haiti, you would be a farmer like I was and like my father was,” said Djoly.
Since then, he’s never allowed obstacles to get in the way of success. Education brought Djoly to Wisconsin. Playing football and receiving his undergraduate and master's degree at Concordia University, then earning his PhD in Leadership at Cardinal Stritch.
“Here, the sky’s the limit, you can accomplish anything you want to accomplish,” he said. “All you have to do is work extremely hard in order to get it.”
When he’s not training executives, Djoly’s message is simple: “Never stop achieving.”