Best Buddies Leadership Programs – Ambassadors and Promoters

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For more than a decade, Scott Sohr has been working as an entrepreneur in Tennessee. The president of STS Ventures, a startup incubator, he oversees the conception and development of startups in a range of industries, including real estate, healthcare, and financial technology. Outside of work, Scott Sohr supports such charitable organizations as Best Buddies International.

Best Buddies, an organization dedicated to serving individuals with disabilities, divides its programs into three main pillars: one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development. Through its leadership development programs – Ambassadors and Promoters – the organization empowers and educates individuals with and without disabilities to become advocates for an inclusive world.

The Best Buddies Ambassadors program helps individuals with IDD develop self-esteem and public speaking skills. By offering advocacy and public speaking training, the program prepares individuals to advocate for both themselves and others before their communities, local businesses, and legislators. Individuals who participate in the Ambassadors program have continual access to advocacy training from the Best Buddies staff.

Meanwhile, the Promoters program prepares youth to open new Best Buddies programs and chapters. These individuals also receive ongoing support from the organization and each Promoters chapter is assigned a Best Buddies staff member and faculty advisor. With the help of these leaders, Promoters connect with individuals with IDD and work to establish a special education program at their school. They also host events and fundraisers on and off campus that include individuals with IDD.

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Author: Scott Sohr

With an extensive background in business, Scott Sohr is the co-founder of Stonegate Land in Nashville. The firm develops and invests in residential property developments in Tennessee and Kentucky. Stonegate developed 283 acres of rolling hills in Williamson County in Tennessee with the launch of Arrington Retreat, a community that combines the comfort of countryside living with the convenience of a growing region. Scott Sohr is also the co-founder of Elmington Capital Group, which invests in income-producing real estate and property management opportunities through three divisions: capital, affordable housing, and property management. He also co-founded Health Care Solutions, a third party administrator of self-funded medical plans that has been in operation since 2001, and Correct Care Solutions, which has offered healthcare solutions and services since 2003. Additionally, Scott Sohr is chairman of Built Technologies and president of STS Ventures. Prior to launching his career, he studied mechanical engineering at Auburn University and graduated with a bachelor of science. He then achieved an MBA from Vanderbilt University. To learn more about Scott Sohr, visit: http://scottsohr.com/.

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