Wolcott J. Humphrey III Symposium 2009: The Art of Change

Fred Grandy, television star, radio personality, former CEO and U.S. Congressman will deliver the keynote address, The Art of Change, at the 2009 Wolcott J. Humphrey Symposium on Leadership and Community Life at Genesee Community College. Grandy will present the topic of bringing positive change to local organizations and the community.

The symposium is scheduled for Monday, September 21, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Genesee Community College’s Batavia Campus. The keynote address will be followed by a reception with hearty hors d’oeuvres. Reservations may be made by calling the Office of External Affairs at 585-343-0055 x6234.

Best known for his acting role as the loveable “Gopher” on The Love Boat, Fred Grandy has an assortment of career experiences that allow him to present poignant messages on importance of giving back and community involvement. Upon leaving his Hollywood career, Grandy launched a campaign for Congress in his home state of Iowa and began an eight year run in the U.S. House of Representatives. After eight years in Congress, Grandy left the political arena to become the president and chief executive officer of Goodwill Industries. He spent the next few years rebuilding the not-for-profit chain of retail stores and rehab centers.

A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard with a Master’s degree in Shakespearean studies from The George Washington University, he has been a visiting professor at the University of Maryland's School of Public Affairs, as well as a consultant to a number of nonprofit organizations. He now makes his living in talk radio as the host of the popular Grandy & Andy Morning Show on 630 WMAL in Washington, DC, and is the co-host of Retired Living TV's Daily Café, which strongly focuses on news and current affairs, and includes viewer participation.

The family and friends of Wolcott J. (Jay) Humphrey III, who died suddenly in September 2001, established the Wolcott J. Humphrey III Symposium on Leadership and Community Life in his memory. Mr. Humphrey, who served as President of Pavilion State Bank (now part of Five Star Bank) and was chairman of the Board of Trustees for Genesee Community College at the time of his death, was one of the Genesee region’s foremost civic leaders and a strong proponent of leadership development.

The symposium brings speakers with a national or regional reputation to Genesee Community College to discuss some facet of the subject of leadership. Past speakers have included Syracuse University Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim, Paychex CEO Thomas Golisano, William Hudnut III, former U.S. Representative, and Paul S. Speranza, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“We couldn’t have asked for a more appropriate topic for this year’s symposium,” said 2009 Symposium Chair Lori Stupp. “As the economic and political climates have changed recently, our local businesses and community groups must adapt and change as well.”

Tickets to the symposium are $25 and reservations must be made by September 14, 2009. For further information, please call the Genesee Community College Office of External Affairs at 585-343-0055 x6234.
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Editor’s note:
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