Real Men Charities’ New Board Chair Byron Garrett Hits the Ground Running

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Newly elected chairman of the board of Real Men Charities (, former National PTA CEO Byron Garrett, plans to engage celebrities and form strategic alliances with corporate and political leaders to further expand the organization and fulfill its mission to help more African American fathers actively engage with their children.

“One of our first steps is to build a robust plan that extends beyond our signature Father’s Day events to engage men in this effort year round.”

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Days after his election as chairman of the board of Real Men Charities, Inc. (, Life Works International President & CEO Byron Garrett today outlined his ambitious goals to grow the venerable male and family advocacy organization.

As the former CEO of the National PTA, Mr. Garrett stimulated greater male involvement in the PTA and plans to build on that success to encourage more men to become actively involved with their children’s educational and co-curricular activities. “I am excited to have this opportunity to lead the organization, influence the next generation, highlight the good and encourage better,” says Mr. Garrett. “One of our first steps is to build a robust plan that extends beyond our signature Father’s Day events to engage men in this effort year round.”

To support this effort, he plans to develop and cultivate strategic alliances with corporations and elected officials at all levels of government. He also envisions recruiting more celebrity ambassadors to help increase Real Men Charities’ visibility nationally.

“Mr. Garrett is a visionary change agent who genuinely feels that each of us should serve the best interests of our nation's most precious resource: our children,” says Real Men Charities co-founder Yvette Moyo-Gillard. “We are honored to have a longtime education advocate and community leader at the helm, sharing his experience and expertise from the non-profit and governmental sectors.”

Prior to his leadership of the National PTA, Mr. Garrett served as national program leader for seven million youth participants in 90,000 4-H clubs at the organization’s national headquarters at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While at the USDA, he was appointed by the White House as co-convener of the “Helping America's Youth” initiative, an interagency effort to address challenges facing youth and to promote successful solutions. He also created the Governor's Mentoring Initiative in Arizona, was the former education advisor to the African American Strategic Alliance of Phoenix, past executive producer for the Phoenix Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration (the largest MLK event in the nation), and he launched effective male engagement programs while principal of a K-8 charter school.

Mr. Garrett serves as senior advisor to the president & CEO of the America’s Promise Alliance and is a member of Parenting magazine’s Moms Congress advisory board. He also serves on the advisory board for the Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now, Inc. Mr. Garrett has been a guest on the “Today Show,” MSNBC, FOX and “Dr. Phil,” and profiled in a number of publications, including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Jet. In 2010, Ebony magazine listed him among the "Power 150," its annual list of the most influential black Americans.

Mr. Garrett has authored several books, including The ABC's of Life. A speaker in high demand, he has addressed large audiences throughout the U.S., Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. He holds a bachelor’s degree from High Point University, a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix, and has completed doctoral coursework at Pepperdine University.


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