Hajj Flemings

Hajj Flemings

CNN Subject Matter Expert - CNN's Black In America 4/Digital Brand Strategist

Greater Detroit Area
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Hajj Flemings's Overview

  • Author of The Brand YU LIfe/Speaker/Brand Strategist at The Flemings Group
  • CEO/Co-Founder at gokit
  • CEO at Broken Chains Design Group, Inc.

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Hajj Flemings' Summary

Featured in CNN’s Black In America 4: The New Promised Land: Silicon Valley that aired 11/13/11 and was viewed by over 1 million people. The documentary chronicled the journey of Hajj and 7-other entrepreneurs from around the nation as they lived in Silicon Valley for 9-weeks.

Founded Brand Camp University in 2008 and has grown it into the largest personal branding conference in the Midwest. In 2011 he expanded the Michigan conference and added the NYC and Boston markets. In 2012 he is on schedule to expand the conference to seven markets. One of his main goals is to establish a Michigan based campus that focuses on entrepreneurial and digital technology training for the knowledge economy. GM has sponsored this event for the past two years.

Hajj was selected as the inaugural Oakland County Elite 40 Under 40 winner. Oakland County is one of the most affluent counties in the country from over 400 nominees.

Founder of Gokit a tech startup that he officially launch Sunday, March 11 at SXSW (South by Southwest) in Austin, TX one of the largest interactive conferences in the country which is attended by 20,000 people annually.

He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Mashable, TechCrunch, and CNN Tech Money on the subject of startups, digital technology and branding.

His client list includes: Walt Disney, Pitney Bowes, the U.S. Department of Defense, Iowa State University, University of Michigan - Ross School of Business, University of Detroit and many more.

Hajj in the Media

Fox 2 News: http://bit.ly/Hajj_Fox2News
Flashpoint (WDIV 4): http://bit.ly/flashpointHajj

He is married to his lovely wife, Kasandra and the proud father of daughter Kennedy Flemings.

For more information or speaking engagements, check out Hajj Flemings at http://hajjflemings.com or call 248-971-0189.

Specialties: Personal Branding, Corporate Branding, Consulting, Public Speaking, Corporate Training, tech startup, digital technology

Hajj Flemings' Experience

Creative Ventures Program Mentor

Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3)

Nonprofit; 1-10 employees; Management Consulting industry

2011Present (3 years) Detroit

I work with the Detroit Creative Corridor Center leadership to coordinate my mentoring responsibilities for the Creative Venture Program companies to help grow their businesses. I share my branding expertise with current companies and alumni.


Brand Camp University

2008Present (6 years) Greater Detroit Area

Brand Camp University – Personal Branding 2.0 Conference is an interactive personal branding and social media conference that provides professionals, entrepreneurs, students, job seekers and the general public with concrete and measurable tactics for growing their personal and professional identity. Brand Camp University features keynote speakers, topic driven panels and workshops that provide attendees with the tools, strategy and inspiration they need to compete in a global economy and share their passion with the world.
• Manage annual Brand Camp - Personal Branding 2.0 Conference

Personal Branding - Adjunct Lecturer

Michigan Technological University

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

January 2006Present (8 years 9 months)

• Developed personal brand management textbook , "The Brand YU Life’"
• Developed personal brand management class curriculum for ENT3976
• Lectures 14 contact hours per term at Michigan Technological University
• Teaching personal branding and social media strategies.

Author of The Brand YU LIfe/Speaker/Brand Strategist

The Flemings Group

2005Present (9 years)

Traveled nationally speaking to: Walt Disney, Pitney Bowes, Iowa State University and many other universities.

I have spoken at the following Conferences/Events: CNN's Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien, 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), 2012 SXSW Interactive, #140 Conference, Public Relations Society of America, White House Urban Economic Forum, Wal-Mart/Black Enterprise Job Forum and TED Fellows



Public Company; 1-10 employees; Internet industry

March 2011Present (3 years 7 months)

Gokit’s vision is to create simplistic and beautifully designed identity systems for everyday people and the super influential alike. Within the core of every person is a brand whose story is waiting to be told, packaged and experienced.

Gokit offers a wide range of well-designed, functional identity solutions. Our goal is to transform the traditional press kits into visual pieces of art that communicates your story in a digital, shareable and compelling way.

BlackEnterprise.com Tech Columnist

Black Enterprise

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Publishing industry

May 2011October 2012 (1 year 6 months)

I wrote a weekly column for BlackEnterprise.com columnist about technology, social media and branding for small business.

Link to my Articles: http://blackenterprise.com/author/hajjflemings

Subject Matter Expert/Tech Startup Founder

CNN - Black In America 4: The New Promised Land Silicon Valley

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; TWX; Broadcast Media industry

March 2011November 2011 (9 months) Mountain View, CA

I was featured in CNN’s Black in America 4: The New Promised Land Silicon Valley - Aired 11/13/11.

Silicon Valley's startup scene is mostly young, male and white. In response, the NewMe incubator brought eight black entrepreneurs together for a two-month immersion in San Francisco. CNN's Black in America and CNNMoney will track their journey. Watch how it turns out in Soledad O'Brien's documentary, Black in America 4, which airs November 13

Tech MBA Online - Program Ambassador

Michigan Technological University

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

February 2010April 2011 (1 year 3 months)

( Counseling Project)

Under the direction of the Director of the MBA program and the Marketing Director of the Michigan Technological University School of Business & Economics that serves full-time online MBA Students: social media coordinator and student recruiting for Tech MBA online program.

• Recruited full-time students for the Tech MBA Online program
• Developed content for Tech MBA Blog
• Hosted and researched topics for the weekly #mbachat Twitter chat
• Hosted and recorded Tech MBA Minute – Interview Series with business leaders
• Organized Tech MBA Online Re-Tool Career Events
• Edited Tech MBA Minute Interview videos with Final Cut
• Created and launched personal development program as a business development opportunity to get in front of potential students.


Broken Chains Design Group, Inc.

June 19952001 (6 years)

Hajj Flemings' Publications

Hajj Flemings' Courses

  • Personal Branding - Adjunct Lecturer

    Michigan Technological University

    • Personal Brand Management (ENT3976)

Hajj Flemings' Honors and Awards

  • Oakland County Elite 40 Under 40 Award

    L. Brooks Patterson - Oakland County
    • February 2012

    Selected as the inaugural winner of the Oakland County Elite 40 Under 40 award from a nominee pool of over 400 people. Oakland County is one of the most affluent counties in the country making this a highly sought award honor.

Hajj Flemings' Skills & Expertise

  1. Public Speaking
  2. Management Consulting
  3. Social Media
  4. Movitational Speaking
  5. Consulting
  6. Personal Branding
  7. Digital Marketing
  8. Project Management
  9. Brand Management

Hajj Flemings' Education

Lawrence Technological University

Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Adminstration


Michigan Technological University

Bachelors, Mechancial Engineering


Hajj Flemings' Additional Information


Reading, Personal Branding, Brand Management, Blogging, Public Speaking, social media, and digital technology.

Honors and Awards:

2012 L.Brooks Patterson - Elite 40 Under 40
2009 Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce/Detroit Fusion - Horizon Award
Frasernet Success Guide Top Achievers Award
Who's Who in Black Detroit

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