I had an opportunity to hear Bill Strickland a couple of weeks ago when he spoke to the Economic Club of Grand Rapids. He is a passionate person who is committed to making a difference in the lives of others.
Strickland founded a vocational school in one of Pittsburgh’s toughest neighborhoods, the neighborhood in which he grew up and still lives. Convinced that change can be made in people’s lives by giving them a beautiful environment in which to learn, Strickland’s school has had incredible success. He is now trying to duplicate that success in 200 cities around the country. In Grand Rapids, he has helped found the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology.Here is his talk.