BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF WHATCOM COUNTY CEO PARTICIPATES IN LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

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Bellingham, May 24, 2017 – Heather Powell, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County, is one of just 50 senior leaders from the Boys & Girls Club Movement who have been selected to participate in a year-long leadership development program called the Leadership Summit.  The program will begin in May 2017 and include a collaborative educational experience designed by Harvard Business School Executive Education and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).

To drive transformational impact nationally and on a local level, BGCA teamed up with the preeminent leadership development institution in the world, Harvard Business School. Together, the organizations established a leadership development experience designed to supercharge the capabilities of local CEOs, raise the organization’s collective leadership abilities and solve the most pressing challenges facing Clubs.

“I am honored to have been chosen as a participant in the BGCA Leadership Summit Program, and to have an opportunity to join my colleagues at Harvard Business School,” said Heather Powell CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County. “This is a rare opportunity to learn from an establishment with such a legacy of prestige and success, alongside other leaders with a shared mission, and to use what I have learned to deepen my impact locally and nationally.”

The extremely selective program is designed for high performing Boys & Girls Club organizations. Participants will undergo an intense experience designed to solve organization-wide challenges and to help each local organization reach its unique goals. After the session, the group will work together to implement strategies discussed.

The Harvard Business School component will take place on its campus in June 2017.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County

For more than 70 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County (www.whatcomclubs.org) has changed and saved lives, enabling young people to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, some 6,000 members are served through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in four Whatcom County communities, providing a wide variety of youth development programs conducted by trained, professional staff. Key programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives.

About Harvard Business School:

Harvard Business School Executive Education, a division of Harvard Business School, is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston, Massachusetts. In fiscal year 2016, HBS faculty developed and delivered 73 open-enrollment Executive Education programs and 50 custom programs for leading organizations worldwide. More than 10,000 business executives attended programs held on campus in Boston as well as classrooms in Mumbai, and Shanghai. With global research centers in eight key regions, HBS faculty continue to develop groundbreaking research, forge powerful alliances with global organizations, and fulfill the mission of educating leaders who shape the practice of business and innovation. Learn more at www.exed.hbs.edu.

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