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Making a Way Out of No Way
with author and Trustee Arnold T. Grisham

My story is not a single story, but a series of connected narratives, woven together into one life. ~ Arnold T. Grisham

More than a mere autobiography, Making a Way Out of No Way details the life and experiences of a child born to a working-class Black family in Chicago’s West Side during the 1940s. The crucible of Arnold Grisham’s family and Chicago’s South Side community produced a young man who, against long odds, attended and graduated from DePaul University, ultimately earning an MBA in finance. Grisham’s career in banking is a testament to his courage and commitment to breaking through racial barriers and redefining possibilities for those who would follow. It is also a personal story, involving struggle, pain, loss and renewal.






Making a Way Out of No Way is Arnold Grisham’s first book, though he is already outlining ideas for his next writing project. He recently became President and CEO of Gateway Bank FSB in Oakland, California. Arnold is an esteemed member of the Board of Trustees of Mechanics' Institute. Arnold and wife, author Paulina Van, currently reside in Northern California.

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