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Marcus J.

Founder and Executive Director
Brooklyn, NY, USA


Marcus John is the Founder and driving force behind the StraightForward Scoliosis Foundation - a critically-acclaimed 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose commitment is to improve the quality of life of individuals affected by scoliosis through empowerment, education, awareness and preventative care. With a vision to celebrate the remarkable stories of individuals affected by scoliosis, Marcus and his team set out to create a society where people do not feel invisible and showcase scoliosis in a more empowering light. The StraightForward Scoliosis Foundation raises proceeds for medical research by way of fashion and art.

Witnessing the struggles of individuals with spinal conditions, Marcus was determined to share his influence, power of storytelling and resources to bring about scoliosis awareness, while remaining dedicated to improving the quality of life of individuals affected. As a nationally recognized and sought-after Creative Director and Stylist, Marcus designed the #IAMSTRAIGHTFORWARD Empowerment Bracelet with ALEX AND ANI that continues to sell out online and at the jewelry chain's location in Soho, New York.

With more than 10+ years of experience as a high-powered business leader who has gained entry and experience working with medical companies such as SRS, K2M and FOCOS, Marcus has become a sought-after speaker, giving audiences the power to find intrinsic motivation and direction to move momentum forward, the keys to unlocking their greatest potential, and recommendations on fashion and styling. Marcus utilizes his innate skills as a roadmap and testament on what it takes to remain fashionable and stylish, while continuing to challenge oneself in both life and business.

In addition to Marcus' humanitarian work, he sits on the Influencer Board of Directors at GLAM4GOOD Foundation, is a current Conde Nast Insider, was the 2018 nominee for the ASAE Gold Circle Award, was the 2017 Cadillac influencer, and co-produced and styled the Fashion For Charity Gala hosted by Tyson Beckford and Miss USA. Marcus' work has been featured in TIME, Billboard, Harper's Bazaar, VOGUE, GQ, and has worked with brands such as Amazon, iHeartRadio, Lacoste, Diesel, SwimmsuitsForAll and more.

Marcus received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga. In addition to serving as the Founder of the Foundation, you'll find Marcus at the openings of new art exhibitions, practicing his 3-point shot on the basketball court, or trying out a new recipe in the kitchen.