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

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Fri, Apr 24th 2015 09:40 am

White House honoree, community leader, author to headline event

Leadership Niagara will host Bill Strickland who will share his message of leadership, self-worth and transformation as a special guest and keynote speaker at the 2015 annual awards luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, at the Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls.

The luncheon will be chaired by two Leadership Niagara Class of 2000 alumni: David Karwick, financial adviser and senior vice president of Key Investment Services, and Marsha Koelmel, co-president of Catapult Inc.

"We are proud to co-chair Leadership Niagara's Leader of the Year awards luncheon. Bill Strickland, president and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corp., and author of 'Make the Impossible Possible' will deliver a keynote that is sure to move you," Koelmel said. "His is a story of how, against incredible odds, a kid from Pittsburgh's inner-city would go on to lecture at Harvard, serve on the National Endowment of the Arts board and change the lives of kids like him across the country - all powered by a vision and drive that will inspire you."

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 "Make the Impossible Possible."

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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