A LITTLE BIT ABOUT US
IRONBOUND USA can and should be defined by our mission of “Build your skills. Build your brand. Build your future. Everything we do is in support of our mission. We believe that we can make a meaningful difference in many high school students lives by better preparing them for 21st century jobs.
Our goal is to have 10,000 high school students complete our efficient and effective enterprise (jobs) skills programs.
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Ironbound Dot.Org is in the process of being recognized with 501 (c)(3) status
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Our Leadership/ Team Captains
The fifth pillar of the IRONBOUND logo represents teamwork. Team Captains are our leaders and are similar to a Board of Directors. Team Captains are responsible for our overall strategy and are the guardians of the IRONBOUND mission.
Gary Bloore is the founder of IRONBOUND USA and a 20+ year veteran of domestic and international business. He is a successful entrepreneur who is committed to opening doors for underserved youth through skill development and structured mentoring from accomplished entrepreneurial business owners and “fast track” members of the work force.
His vision is to make IRONBOUND USA a model for business involvement in incubating the entrepreneurs and successful workers of the future. Gary continues to help create & develop the IRONBOUND educational programs and teaches those programs at IRONBOUND Dot Org partner schools. He holds a BS from the University of Southern California and a MBA from New York University.
Mike Steadman is the President of Ironbound Boxing & Education. Mike is 2010 graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. While at the Naval Academy, Mike was introduced to the sport of boxing and as a member of the Navy Boxing Team he won Three National Championships as light-
Upon graduation from the Naval Academy, Mike accepted a commission as an officer in the United States Marines. As Infantry Officer in the Marines, he deployed to Afghanistan, Japan, and the Philippines. In April of 2015, Mike left active duty, relocating to Newark to accept a directorship position at St. Benedict’s Preparatory School.
Michael A. Pennella Ph.D. is an executive director of IRONBOUND Dot Org.. Dr. Pennella is currently a business communications consultant and was formerly a Professor and Director of Business Communications at the Rutgers Business School.
Dr. Pennella served as the founder and president of technology and marketing companies for over eighteen years. He is also the founder of Shared Learning, an entity that provides communication and leadership coaching to skilled talent in the workplace throughout the United States. In 2007 Michael left his position as the president of a marketing support company to become the superintendent of the Essex County Vocational Technical Schools (ECVTS), a school district composed of four urban public high schools (including Newark Tech). He was charged to create a new vision and improved results. In the six years that he served as superintendent the schools and district became nationally recognized for moving from failing to high achieving entities and for embracing innovation. In 2013 all four schools were named as four of the top schools in the USA by US News and World Report and including two that were recognized as United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools.
Karen Hunt Global Partner and President of West Coast of Universal McCann. Amongst her many responsibilities, Karen is responsible for the Sony Pictures account (one of the largest accounts in the world) and Hulu in addition to managing UM’s West Coast office. Karen is a branding expert and has conducted branding sessions during the IRONBOUND/TEAL summer program and has given seminars on branding during our I-
Dr. Allison Frazier Jackson When Olivia Cox-
As Assistant Dean at Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science, Dr. Jackson reinvented the University's communications outreach to 30,000 alumni and 12,000 students by moving paper processes online and creating new visual representations of the School that included the diverse student, faculty, and alumni stakeholders. Beginning her college career at 14 years, Dr. Jackson has earned 5 degrees and has completed post-
In addition to advising on strategic objectives, we are pleased and honored to have Dr. Jackson leading the IRONBOUND STEM initiative.