Victor Anthony Scotti, Jr. is a third-generation Chicagoan raised on the South Side of the city. He was educated in the Chicago Public Schools magnet programs from K-12, graduating from Morgan Park High School’s IB Diploma Program as the second Black male valedictorian in the schools then 93-year history. Victor went on to graduate with honors in Sociology, Africana Studies, and Urban Education Research, Policy, & Practice from The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. While at Penn, Victor was also civically engaged in the West Philadelphia community and was a recipient of the Civil Scholar Distinction, granted to 10 students each year from the University Provost for a demonstrated commitment to civic engagement and public policy research. He also completed a senior thesis entitled, “Deep in my Heart: Members’ Assessment of the Social and Academic Benefits of Participation in Historically Black Fraternities”.
Victor’s work coalesces around ensuring employees feel comfortable, supported, and encouraged to be as bold, as brave and as courageous as they wish in bringing their best selves to the workplace. Currently, Victor is the Chief Inspiration Officer at Moving Mountains, LLC. Moving Mountains is an accelerator for Black college men to equip them for personal and professional alignment in Corporate America’s Fortune 500 companies. He was most immediately a 7-year Human Resource and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leader at Google. He holds deep domain expertise in people strategy & culture management, talent growth & development, global program management & design, and educational equity strategy. Victor holds professional memberships in the National Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), Chicago SHRM, and National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR). He is an alum of the Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business Business & Society Impact Program (BSIP), a member of the inaugural cohort of Quinlan’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Institute, and a member of the United Way of Metro Chicago and Northwestern University Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management’s Board Leadership Institute.
Victor is the Founder and Chief Inspiration Officer of Moving Mountains LLC, which accelerates the possibilities of high-achieving Black boys through curated experiences that inspire innovation, spark creativity, and cultivate dreams. Additionally, he is President of Moving Mountain’s philanthropic arm, the Scotti Scholarship Foundation, Inc., which provides educational funding to deserving Black students across the United States. Victor is a proud life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Iota Delta Lambda Chapter and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Raymond Pace Alexander Scholarship Foundation, Inc. through his chapter of initiation, Psi. He serves as an Ambassador for the Brilliant Black Boys Book Club and a big brother to Nahzeer through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago. Additionally, he holds membership in the Penn Black Alumni Society.
In his spare time, Victor is an avid reader, writer, world traveler, and children’s book collector. You can read his work and view some of his recorded appearances here and his children’s book collection here. He regularly moderates and speaks on panels, and his writing coalesces around workplace inclusion and the Black male experience in Huffington Post, Jopwell’s The Well, Abernathy, and Mused. He is most passionate about rewriting the narrative surrounding Black boys and men in America.