The M List 2016: Floyd Rose
Motivated by faith and an upbringing that emphasized stewardship, Floyd Rose lives by a saying that has guided his service to the Madison community. “You are what you do, you are what you protect, you are what you leave behind,” says Rose, president of 100 Black Men of Madison.
Rose has launched and continues to lead numerous nonprofits and for-profit organizations that mirror his belief that everybody needs some help. “It’s about community esprit de corps,” says Rose, who earned his doctoral degree in administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “And this transcends gender and ethnicity.”
His most recent undertaking is Project SOAR (Student Opportunities, Access and Readiness), launched in March and part of 100 Black Men of Madison. SOAR, with the backing of numerous community leaders and organizations, strives to improve the academic standing of up to 1,000 African American boys and girls in the Madison area. The reduction in truancy rates is also a target.
Rose, a native of Rock Island, Illinois, has been in Madison for 38 years and has seen the community increase its resolve to address the needs of its citizens. I see evidence,” he says, “but it’s not the end product.”
The M List
Madison Magazine’s M List is a who’s who of organizations and individuals who are having an impact on our local culture and economy. In its fourth year, the M List recognizes those making strides as mentors and teachers. Last year’s list of honorees were making impacts in the area of social innovation. The original M List, in 2013, honored the technology sector. The 2014 M List honored “Foodtastic” entrepreneurs and innovators.