Founder and CEO, BMe Community
Trabian Shorters is a New York Times bestselling author, founder and CEO of BMe Community, a network of all races and genders who believe in valuing all members of the human family, recognizing black men as assets, and building more caring and prosperous communities together.
Shorters’s pioneering work in ‘asset-framing’ earned him an Aspen Institute Fellowship and an Ashoka fellowship in 2015 and an opportunity to work with the Commission for Security & Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission). The central premise of asset-framing is to identify people by their contributions rather than their costs and then to engage them in living out their aspirational identity for themselves and society. BMe Community adds over 3,000 participants a month and stood at 35,000 in December 2015. BMe Community has offices in Miami, Detroit, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Akron, OH; and is expanding across the U.S. It’s partners include leading foundations, innovators and private backers.
Prior to founding BMe Community, Shorters was vice president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation where he directed a portfolio of $300M in active grants and endowments. A retired technology entrepreneur, Shorters is also the inventor of a personality-typing tool called the Personal Culture Survey.