Issiah D. Thomas Jr. (aka: Zae) is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, life coach, philanthropist, mentor and educator, currently living in DFW. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science Pre-Veterinarian Medicine from Prairie View A&M University in 2000, Issiah then pursued his Master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and a Ph.D in Adult Education from Capella University, with a well versed resume of educational experience and research. 

Issiah worked as an educator for 17 years with Dallas Independent School District (ISD), UTSW Community Intervention and Prevention Health survey and HIV testing, along with other government entities (F.E.M.A. & Census). 

In 2017, Issiah became one of the co-founders of a nonprofit organization. Isaiah and his business partner Trevon J Holmes started thinking about how to connect the minority community to the business community of the DFW Ecosystem and bring equity to the marginalized communities. This dream became a reality, and Networking Knights, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, was launched. As a highlight, The Networking Knights recently rolled out the Youth Impact and Entrepreneurial Leadership Program in south Dallas in partnership with Frazier Revitalization Youth. 

Issiah's goals is to continue to share his passion for relationship building, creating an impact among all communities with a level of integrity, gratitude and humility His message is simple: Sow Into Your Destiny.