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Author of 'Everyone Leads' to speak Feb. 19 at MSU

January 23, 2013


Paul Schmitz, author of "Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up," and CEO of Public Allies, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the MSU Procrastinator Theater.    High-Res Available

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Paul Schmitz, author of "Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up," will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the MSU Procrastinator Theater.

The Montana State University Leadership Institute and Hopa Mountain host the event. A reception and book signing will follow. The Procrastinator Theater is located in the Strand Union Building.

Schmitz is also CEO of Public Allies, a national organization committed to building leadership skills in all people. The organization says it believes everyone can make a difference and work to inspire more citizens to believe in themselves, step up and act. The organization says it has advanced leadership of more than 4,000 young adults.

Schmitz founded Public Allies in 1993, and was appointed CEO in 2000. He blogs on leadership for the Washington Post and serves on various development and advocacy committees.

Schmitz graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in political science and received that university's "Graduate of the Last Decade" alumni award. He was selected as a Next Generation Leadership Fellow by the Rockefeller Foundation, was recognized by the Nonprofit Times as one of the 50 most powerful and influential nonprofit leaders in the country, and is a recipient of Fast Company magazine's Social Capitalist Award for Innovation.

Hopa Mountain will host an hour-long conversation with Schmitz at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Bozeman Public Library's main meeting room. Schmitz will discuss the work of community leadership, the role of nonprofits and national initiatives that are coming from the White House Council on Community Solutions.

Both events are free and open to all and sponsored by the ASMSU, Hopa Mountain, MSU Parent and Family Association and the MSU Leadership Institute. For more information call (406) 994-7275 or visit www.montana.edu/leadership or http://www.facebook.com/MSULeadershipInstitute or twitter @MSU_Leadership

Carmen McSpadden, director, MSU Leadership Institute, cmcspadden@montana.edu, (406) 994-7667