Julius E. Rhodes, SPHR, is a life-long resident of Chicago's Southeast Side. His greatest accomplishment is his marriage to wife, Linda, and their two children, Jerome and Lauren.
He is the author of BRAND: YOU Personal Branding for Success in Life and Business. A graduate of Mt. Carmel High School he has a Bachelors of Science degree in Human Resources from Roosevelt University and a Masters of Science degree from Loyola University's Institute of Human Resource and Industrial Relations.
In 1992 Mr. Rhodes completed a certified arbitrator development program through Cornell University and the New York State Employment Relations Board. In 1997 he received a lifetime designation as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), the highest level of professional accomplishment in human resources.
In March of 2000 he was awarded an Illinois Consortium for Educational Opportunities Program Fellowship for Ph. D. studies in Business Ethics. He has completed his coursework in this area and he is working on his dissertation that addresses the issue of social justice and disability rights.
Mr. Rhodes has had significant corporate exposure with several leading edge firms such as Exxon/Mobil , General Electric, Baxter Healthcare and Sara Lee Bakery, as well as, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
In 1994 he began the mpr group, a broad based human resources consulting firm providing customized training, consulting and project management services.
Mr. Rhodes has facilitated numerous human resources related activities in manufacturing, health care, consumer products and electronics, information technology, educational and the cultural arts for public and private firms in the profit and not-for-profit sectors.
He has been recognized by the Minority Business Report as their Minority Business Enterprise Entrepreneur of the Week and he has been featured in Black Enterprise magazine in their "Ask AnExpert" section. He regularly instructs graduate and undergraduate level courses at several Universities and Colleges and he has lead courses in human resources and project management human relations and training.
He has been or is a member of numerous philanthropic entities including; Kids In Danger (KID) a child product safety advocacy group, the Leadership Fellows Association of Leadership Greater Chicago, President of the Roosevelt University - South Side Alumni Chapter, Vice-President of the Roosevelt University Alumni Board of Advisors, the Ariel Foundation, the Local School Council for Ariel Community Academy, the community outreach committee at Jones College Preparatory High School, the Chicago Children's Museum HR Advisory Committee, the Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago and Common Threads. He has also served as a member of the Boards of Directors for the Friends of Albert C. Maule, the Illinois Institute of Technology-Center for Service and the South Side YMCA where he has been involved in reading to the preschool program in addition to being a youth sports coach. He also contributes his time as a youth basketball, golf and soccer coach, as well as, helping to prepare Sunday Breakfast for the homeless at Kenwood United Church of Christ.