Make-A-Wish CEO headlines summit

Make-A-Wish CEO headlines summit

For Immediate Release: Feb. 20, 2017

BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University will hold its 11th annual Husky Leadership Summit on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Kehr Union Building. Keynote speaker is David Williams ’81, president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The event is sponsored by the Bloomsburg University Alumni Association, the Center for Leadership and Engagement (CLE) and the Community Government Association of Bloomsburg University.

The Husky Student Leadership Summit is an annual leadership conference presented by BU alumni, faculty, staff and student leaders. The leadership summit is an opportunity for students to network with BU alumni, enhance their leadership skills, learn more about ways to get involved in campus life and engage in workshops for their CLE Leadership Certification. With a focus on professional development, participants will get the chance to engage in mock interviews, resume review sessions, personal branding consultation meetings, professional headshots, panel discussions, a career fair and a networking leadership luncheon.

Williams will cap off the day-long conference with a free, public lecture, “Have a passion for volunteering? Considering a career in non-profits?” at 3 p.m. in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium.

At the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Williams leads the national staff and 62 chapters in a simple, heartfelt mission: granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Williams joined the Make-A-Wish Foundation in January 2005. Under his leadership, the national office annual revenue has more than quadrupled since 2004 to $102 million, and overall revenue has increased by almost $170 million to $329 million. Before joining the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Williams spent 11 years at Habitat for Humanity International, rising to executive vice president and chief operating officer. Williams began his work in nonprofit leadership by serving as executive director of The Houston Food Bank for 11 years. Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bloomsburg University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Houston.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.