We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Orlando Wright and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dr. Orlando, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
The decision which changed my life came much earlier in life. I was about 16 years old and I got into trouble and had to do community service. It was the first and last time I got into trouble with the law. The thought of not having my freedom never appealed to me. The decision to listen to mentors and other role models changed my life. It began the day that I found the place where I completed my community service. I walked into the West Middle School Committee offices that were located at the side of the Asylum Hill Congregational Church. At that same moment, I was greeted by the head of the organization-Lisa Mastronardi. I told her why I was there and she responded, “today is your lucky day.” I completed my community service and I was offered my first job. This seemed like it would be an unremarkable experience. However, at this organization, I met Dr. Louise Loomis who provided tutoring for Algebra after school every day until I was an A student. In addition, Lisa introduced me to the head of a program called Career Beginnings who provided college prep and other social activities. This is where I met my mentor Tracey May who provided guidance including financial aid for college. The decision to listen was the most powerful decision that I made then and it is what I use in my everyday life. I believe this contributed to my success.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I founded Halcyon Clinical Services, LLC as a mental health practice with a focus on providing treatment for working professionals of color. In addition, I am the chief architect for a screening tool that integrates patient-reported outcomes into the treatment process called Care Measured(trademark). In addition, I developed a Legacy Partnership to provide coaching/mentoring to a maximum of two therapists who are interested in growing and building their practice. This model is not transactional, rather, it builds upon several competencies that therapists may not received during the course of their studies. It spans two years to ensure that the new entrepreneurs can build, scale, and sustain their business. This process has not been easy and one of the most important things I learned was leveraging my training, education, and curiosity.

The most important thing I would want the world to know is that skills are developed. Over the past twenty years, I learned and integrated a tremendous amount by being curious about how things worked. From there, I developed the necessary skills to execute the things I wanted to manifest.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am located in the greater Washington D.C. area. First of all, we would take a trip to D.C. National Mall and stop to see the Martin Luther King Monument. From there, we would head over to see the National Museum of African American History and Culture. There are many places to eat but I would head over to La Vie which is located at the D.C. Wharf. Then to add a little flare to the rest of the day, we would travel to Baltimore and have a little nighttime fun at Bygone located on the 29th floor at the Four Seasons Hotel. Sounds like a fun day to me. đŸ™‚

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Throughout my life, I have been mentored by so many people. Some who come to mind are Michael Powell, Tracey May, and Gibriel Cham.

Website: www.HalcyonClinical.com

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