Eric Upchurch II
Eric Steven Upchurch II is an entrepreneur, strategic development consultant, foreign economy technical analyst, community activist, educator and researcher. He teaches mindfulness and meditation in addition to stewarding entrepreneurial and economic empowerment initiatives. Prior to his current roles, Eric served as the Interim Executive Director for Madison’s Black Chamber of Commerce, Director of Development and Marketing for the YWCA Madison, and 9 years as the CEO of ESUCEO Inc. Previous work included counseling and case management with Briarpatch and AmeriCorp as well as community engagement and grass roots organizing with Operation Welcome Home focusing on agency for people experiencing homelessness. Graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a BS in Consumer Affairs/Business, Eric is learned in meditation, as a professional trader, orator, chief executive, strategist, development professional, mediator, organizer and counselor – delivering a variety of trainings from conflict resolution and business development to mindfulness and meditation.
Having an innate skill of innovation rooted in a spiritual perspective, labor and service, Eric’s advice has taken companies global and framed the seeds of developing success. Eric leans on lesson failures, accomplishments, embarrassments, knowledgeable advice, and a deep spiritual awareness in experience to move through the world with love as a global citizen.
Today, Eric is the Chief Visionary at Opportunity Inc. with a host of community focused as well as for-profit initiatives, one of the Lead Organizers for the Young Gifted and Black Coalition, founder of The Council Of Communities, Economic Empowerment WI, the Madison Alliance for Black Economic Empowerment, Practically Mindful, and father to Messiah Amun Grayson.