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Edward R. Boyd, Jr., a lifelong serial entrepreneur, educator and executive. He owns early education centers and served in the non-profit sector primarily working with urban adolescents, focusing on national and neighborhood gang prevention, intervention and sustaining. Ed co-founded the Durham H.A.W.K.S. (Helping All Willing Kids Succeed). While remaining active mentoring entrepreneurs and serving on for/non-profit boards, volunteering with organizations dedicated to lowering the prison recidivism rate, increasing minority representation in STEM fields, and reducing the generational wealth gap, he serves as Chief Strategy Officer of iNvictus Group Holdings, LLC, an investment group he co-founded to address the inequities that adversely affect low resource communities and minority populations, using entrepreneurship and education as vehicles of change. Ed is board chair of iNvictus Forward Outreach, the tax-exempt non-profit arm of the iNvictus brand. He founded the iNvictus EMERGE program (Entrepreneurship, Mentoring, Economic Development, Research, Growth in Business(es) and Education). He is a member of the second cohort of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation’s Community Leadership Council, 20 selected diverse leaders from across North Carolina who represent various sectors and professions. Each cohort spends three years working alongside the Foundation to better understand the opportunities and challenges facing the communities and State.