Victor Warren is the founder and managing partner of Ascent Support Services, an Ascent Lit Group Company.
In this role, Victor is responsible for managing his team, as well as all other aspects of day to day operations. Victor has worked in the legal industry for the past 13 years, and call some of the Florida’s largest law firms his clients.
Growing up in Ohio, Victor longed for the chance to see what the world had to offer. This led him to study at the University of Miami. While, studying at the “U” Victor fully embraced the culture and diversity of South FL. But he still wanted to experience more. It was during this time Victor developed his personal motto of “see more, do more, be more.” Through a mixture of work, and leisure, Victor has carried this motto with him to 6 continents, and to over 43 countries around the world. It was through his travels that he began to develop a well-defined world view and an understanding of how important diversity truly is.
Based on his background, upbringing, and experiences Victor is adamant in his belief that all people should be treated respectfully, fairly and equally. It’s this belief, and a need to want to help others that led Victor to the SunServe Board of Directors.
Victor has served on the SunServe Board for the past 8 years. He spent one year as a non-voting member, 2 years as Vice Chair, and the last 2 years as the Board Chair.
During his tenure, Victor set two goals for himself. The first was to ensure the board and staff were just as diverse as the people we serve. The second to has been to ensure that SunServe can continue to meet the needs of the local community now and in the future.
Working closely with the executive team, Victor has been instrumental in seeing the agency grow from a budget of $325,000 a year, to almost $3,000,000 in less than 8 years. It was through continually assessing the agency’s services that Victor began to understand how difficult it is for marginalized groups to change their circumstances.
Dismayed from some of his own experiences, and those of the people he served he soon realized how important diversity and equality are. He also realized that without equity is the other two were almost meaningless inchanging ones circumstances.
While he often saw how saw how many groups and individuals were quick to claim they were diverse, they often neglected to provide a seat at the table or the important equity aspect of the equation.
Sensing a clear lack of leadership in these areas led him to create The Odd One Out. The Odd One Out assists others in starting those difficult conversations around diversity, inclusiveness, equality, and equity.
These conversations are not one sided. He hopes that through discussion those marginalized groups understand how important their voice is. This begins with ensuring that everyone knows their value, worth, and potential.
Victor hopes that by helping to start these conversations that they will lead to meaningful and lasting change.