Estes Park Trail Gazette – ‘Everyone Leads’ message coming to Estes park

Where is the leadership we need to solve our most pressing community problems? It’s all around us. In Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up, Public Allies CEO Paul Schmitz inspires readers to see new leadership possibilities within themselves and their communities. Paul will bring the Everyone Leads message to Colorado in a series of appearances and conversations, including a visit to Estes Park.

– Monday, March 19, 6 p.m.: Reception, Author Program & Book Signing in Estes Park – visit for registration and additional information.

– Tuesday, March 20, 7 p.m.: Reception, Author Program & Book Signing in Estes Park – visit for registration and additional information.

In addition to leading Public Allies, Paul is co-chair of Voices for National Service, serves on the board of Independent Sector, and serves on the White House Council on Community Solutions. He has spent the last 20 years of his career guiding more than 4,000 young people (over two-thirds of them people of color, and over half from disadvantaged backgrounds) into leadership positions.

Paul knows firsthand that there is incredible untapped leadership throughout our communities. In his book, he candidly shares his own story as a juvenile delinquent who was kicked out of grade school, treated for drug addiction, barely made it out of high school and yet rose to become a major non-profit leader, social entrepreneur, and Presidential advisor. The book also shares stories about many leaders who have inspired the author, such as the deli worker who now runs a mental health advocacy and service organization, the single mom in community college who now is a White House lawyer, and the former gang member who now leads a program to help young people gain education and a path to employment.

Everyone Leads is organized around a new definition of leadership: (1) It is an action everyone can take, not a position few hold; (2) it is about taking personal and social responsibility to work with others on common goals; (3) it is about practicing values that engage diverse individuals and groups in collaboration.

Paul’s Colorado appearance is sponsored by Boulder 2140, Bing, Gnip, Whole Foods Market, American Honda Education Corporation’s Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center & The Stanley Hotel.

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