Shawn Rochester, MBA

Vice Chairman & Advisor, Corporate Strategy & Equitable Growth
As a Vice Chairman, Shawn advises clients across all Highland Poe business verticals and develops corporate strategy, DEI and equitable growth models for CEOs and investment executives.

Shawn is the author of the critically acclaimed book, The Black Tax: The Cost of Being Black in America, a data-driven, evidence-based account of the massive systemic financial burden Black Americans have endured since the early 1800s. Since his book’s debut, Shawn has advised more than two dozen Fortune 100 C-suite executives and given presentations before state legislatures and the United Nations on how DEI strategies spur a stronger U.S. and international eco-system. He also serves as chief executive officer of Good Steward and PHD Enterprises.

In addition to being an author and public speaker, Shawn has had extensive career as a corporate development and strategy executive in China, Japan, Germany, and Malaysia. He has led new business development and M&A teams for IBM, Amphenol, and International Paper Co.

He holds degrees from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, with a concentration in Finance and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester.