Stepped Up

Stepped Up | The Urgency for Fatherhood

In his emotional and at times shocking debut, author, Ralph Harper shares the journey he and his stepson, Cody, took as Harper comported himself as Cody’s father in the absence of Cody’s biological father. The confluence of their stories is compelling as Cody’s antics as a child and as he grew into adulthood tested Harper’s parenting calculus.

Ralph Harper, Chief Executive Officer of DPLOYIT Staffing. Harper has held a number of leadership roles at Fortune 100 companies including Equitable Life Assurance, Pepsi-Cola, PepsiCo, and Frito-Lay. Throughout Harper’s corporate career, he has been responsible for proposing, planning, developing, deploying and supporting enterprise technologies and systems worldwide. Harper has a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Computer Science from Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama.

Harper was recently named President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the CLH Foundation, a nonprofit organization he, his siblings, and his aunt, Elma Greggs, founded in honor of his mother, Catherine Louise Harper. CLH Foundation places focus on providing a path and means for young children to achieve up to 10,000 hours of information technology training.

Harper has recently added the label author to his name as his debut book titled “Stepped Up The Urgency For Fatherhood” was released in late summer 2013. In this emotional and at times shocking debut, Harper shares in detail the unique relationship he forged with his stepson, Cody.       |       Buy Online

Meeting Ralph

Humbling Moment with my CH4K Protégé

Humbling Moment with my CH4K Protégé

I had a humbling moment today.

I met with my CH4K Protégé at his school. I had previously given him a book to read. He never read it. He told me he left it at his dad’s house. When I asked him about the book again today he told me the same story… “it’s at my dad’s house.” I reminded my Protégé of how important it was for him to read the book I had given him. I gave him one of those long speeches – the kind I used to give my son Cody when he was much younger and in trouble. Then I gave him the new book freshly purchased from Barnes and Noble. After we finished our conversation about him being accountable for the choices he makes, I gave him the green light to head to his basketball practice session. Just before he left, he looked me in my eyes and said… “Mr. Ralph. I actually lost the other book you gave me.” I paused. Then I smiled. I told him how proud I was of him for simply telling me the truth. Then I told him the book far less important to me than the fact he respected me enough to come back and tell me the truth. Then he committed to reading two chapters of the new book by this Friday. I will be at his school on Friday for his synopsis of those chapters. This story may seem simple to you. It’s a big deal for me!!!!