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Leadership Niagara to host Bill Strickland as special guest at awards luncheon

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Tue, Mar 10th 2015 03:15 pm

White House honoree, community leader, author to headline event

Leadership Niagara has announced Bill Strickland will share his message of leadership, self-worth and transformation as a special guest and keynote speaker at the 2015 annual awards luncheon. The event will take place at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 29, at the Niagara Conference & Event Center on Old Falls Street.

Strickland is the president and CEO of the Manchester Bidwell Corp., a 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 Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and San Francisco.

President Obama named Strickland a member of The White House Council for Community Solutions. He is 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.

Attendees of the awards luncheon will receive a complimentary copy of Strickland's book, "Make the Impossible Possible."

As part of the annual awards luncheon, Leadership Niagara will recognize Cathy Walker, president and CEO of Seneca Gaming Corp., as leader of the year; Greater Lockport Development Corp. as organization of the year; Harry Francois, New York Power Authority Western New York regional manager, will receive the distinguished alumnus award; Tom Lowe, director of ReNU Niagara, has earned the emerging leader award; and Merrell A. Lane will be posthumously honored with a lifetime commitment award.

David Karwick and Marsha Koelmel are serving as event co-chairs. For sponsorship opportunities or to reserve tickets for the luncheon, contact Molly Anderson at 716-949-3223.

Leadership Niagara is the longest-running community leadership development organization in New York. Since 1984, more than 1,400 participants have graduated from the program. Visit www.leadershipniagara.org for more information.

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