Dr. Eugene J. Richardson, Jr. – The “Find Your Wings” name was inspired by the life and legacy of co-founder, Dr. Eugene Richardson. Eugene is a Tuskegee Airman – one of the distinguished group of African-American pilots of World War II. Following his service, he devoted his career to education – to supporting and inspiring children in their journey to adulthood. Considering Eugene’s love of flying and his passion for seeing children excel, there could be no better name for the career development program for youth than “Find Your Wings.”Eugene earned his wings with class 45A at Tuskegee Army Airfield. He trained for combat in the P-40 and P-47 aircraft at Walterboro Army Air Field, South Carolina. Then he served at Godman Field, Kentucky and Lockbourne Army Air Field, Ohio. He was discharged in July 1946.
For over 35 years, Eugene was employed by the Philadelphia School District as a middle school principal and a mathematics and science teacher.
Dr. Richardson is the current chair of the Speaker’s Bureau of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of Tuskegee Airman. For 20 years he has served as the primary presenter of the Tuskegee Airman story to both national and international audiences.
Since retiring in 1991, up to the present, he has been the business manager of a small human resource company called Career Consciousness in partnership with his wife, Helen. From this company grew the idea for Find Your Wings.
Eugene has bachelor of science in Marketing from Temple University and a doctor of education from Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Helen Richardson – is a passionate advocate committed to addressing issues of: employment, youth career development, diversity, poverty, and social justice. She has 20+ years as a human resource development consultant experienced in building trusting and solution focused relationships in government, manufacturing, insurance, education, and non-profits. She also maintains a private career coaching practice where she works with youth and adults to help them find direction and clarity around work.
For the last 16 years, Helen has been President and CEO of Career Consciousness, Inc., a minority and female owned consulting business focused on leadership and employee development, training, and coaching. Prior to starting her own consulting firm, Helen held senior level human resource positions at Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company and at University of the Sciences. Dr. Richardson was a pioneer in the school-to-work movement having managed two demonstration sites in the Pennsylvania Youth Apprenticeship Program. During that time, she pursued a doctorate and completed her doctoral dissertation “Self Concept and Career Development of Non-College Bound Youth in the Pennsylvania Youth Apprenticeship Program” – for students in junior and senior years of high school. It was then that she observed student-centered activities demonstrating the power of hands-on learning, performance accomplishments and mentoring that helped students develop higher levels of self-efficacy and career direction.
Helen initiated and organized the Career Development Institute at Enon Tabernacle Baptist church providing services to youth ages 10-18 and their parents for four years. She also provided a week long summer camp experience at Lutheran Theological Seminary. This year, she and members of her team provided career development workshops as after school and weekend retreats for the University City District, Carson Valley Children’s Aide, and People for People.
Dr. Richardson is a nationally recognized speaker and organizational consultant and is a certified career development facilitator. Helen is the former president of the Association of Career Professionals International, Philadelphia Network. Dr. Richardson has an International Coaching Certification from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, a Master in Human Services from Lincoln University and a doctorate in Organizational Development and Training from Temple University.