President & CEO, Manchester Bidwell Corporation
Bill Strickland
President & CEO, Manchester Bidwell Corporation
For thirty years, Bill Strickland has used his innovative arts and training centers to transform the lives of thousands of impoverished adults and teenagers. In his emotionally powerful talks, he explains how he went from a failing student to a trustee on his school’s board, and other real success stories from his experiences in the world of education. A commanding speaker, his resonant message of self-worth leaves audiences in tears and on their feet. “Strickland is a genius,” says former e-Bay president Jeff Skoll, “because he sees the inherent genius in everyone.” Bill Strickland has changed 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, San Francisco, Grand Rapids, New Haven, Boston, and Buffalo; with many more in the planning stages, including international centers in Israel, London, and Japan.) Recently, Strickland was named as one of the 25 members of the White House Council for Community Solutions by President Obama. 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. He was also honored by the US Senate for his contribution to social innovation.