Bill Strickland

Keynote Speaker

Title of talk: Make the Impossible Possible

Time and Location: Jan. 30th, 7:00 p.m., Ford Chapel

Co-sponsored by the William Beazell Memorial Fund and the Neighborhood Center.

Biography: For thirty years, Bill Strickland has transformed thousands of lives, restored our faith in ethical leadership, and reshaped the business of social change. As president and CEO of the Manchester Bidwell Corporation– an extraordinary jobs training center and community arts program — he and his staff work with corporations, community leaders, and schools to  give disadvantaged kids and adults the opportunities they need to build a better future.  (Centers are already running in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and San Francisco; many more are planned.)And for years now, in front of enraptured audiences, this MacArthur Genius has  shared his unshakable message of leadership, self-worth and the intrinsic ability in all of us to  achieve remarkable transformation in our lives.” Bill Strickland is a genius,” says former e-Bay president Jeff Skoll, “because he sees the inherent genius in everyone.”

Bill Strickland is also the author of Make the Impossible Possible, a recipient of The White House’s “Coming Up Taller” Award, and the founder of the Grammy-winning MCG Jazz, the most successful jazz subscription series in America.