"Self-help" sometimes sounds like a catchphrase. For Dr. Nathaniel J. Williams –"Dr. Nat" to his friends and fans – it´s a calling. The author of nine books (including the most recent "Attaining Your Personal Best"), has lived a story like no other, and his commitment to helping others find their way successfully has made his remarkable story all the more meaningful. Orphaned at a young age and a product of the New York City foster home system, Dr. Williams rose from his humble beginnings to earn three masters degrees and a doctorate. Utilizing his experience with the public welfare system, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a passion for helping others, since 1993 he has been the President and CEO of HumanWorks Affiliates, Inc., a cluster of seven corporations focused on human services. HumanWorks employs over 200 people and has an operating budget of over $12 million. In addition Dr. Williams and his wife Tade are raising eight children, one of whom has autism, to planning for a stronger financial future, to learning how to team-build at work and among friends, each HWA program revolves around his focus of "helping ordinary people do extraordinary things by encouragement, enlightenment, and empowerment." In a time where even some of the more successful of us find ourselves under unusual economic strain, his practical approach to surviving hard times resonates more than ever, and requires professional and interpersonal skills that will allow people to stand out from the crowd. And it´s not only the most successful and visible who are in his purview: he speaks often about the intricacies of the adoption and foster care systems and senior housing. Whether he is wearing the hat of an author, speaker, TV personality, social service executive, or successful businessman, Dr. Williams always has an encouraging word as well as a plan of action.
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