Leadership Niagara board of directors, alumni, and friends will gather at the Four Points by Sheraton, 7001 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls, at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, for a special reception to honor an individual who has helped the organization achieve excellence.
Frank P. Mergl, Leadership Niagara Class of 2006, and chair of Leadership Niagara's board of directors, will present the Chairman's Award for Excellence to Tim Widjaja, principal and founder of Kingdom Hearts Group, a leadership expert who joined the organization as a lead consultant in 2010.
"Excellence is not just a word, but a core value of Leadership Niagara, and a word that carries much weight," Mergl said. "(We) are honoring Tim Widjaja as an individual who demands excellence and has guided us to provide the level of excellence we always knew we could."
Widjaja has worked with multi-national and Fortune 100 companies as well as World Bank, Unicef, Gates Foundation and Ford. He developed and facilitates the organization's graduate level curriculum on leadership concepts, principles, change and transformation, creativity and innovation, as well as the coaching and mentoring program, which is now in its third year.
"We are grateful beyond words to Tim Widjaja for his contributions to Leadership Niagara," said Molly Anderson, executive director of Leadership Niagara. "He has empowered each of us to make a lasting impact in all that we do."
Leadership Niagara is the longest-running community leadership development organization in New York. It recently rebranded to provide graduate-level programming, coaching and mentoring, regional and binational collaboration, and world-class leadership development. The class meets one day per month for professional development, personal growth and community impact.
Leadership Niagara will soon kick off its 30th year and recruitment for "Leadership Niagara's Class of 2014: One Year That Will Change Your Life" (which begins in January 2014). More than 1,200 Western New York leaders have graduated from LN since 1984.
For more information contact Anderson at 716-949-3223 or visit www.leadershipniagara.org.