Wednesday, February 27, 2013

An exceptional example of "Leadership lived"

It's been a privilege today for UIS to host Junior Bridgeman as a featured speaker for Black History Month.  Mr. Bridgeman is a retired NBA basketball player (with a solid 12-year career mostly with the Milwaukee Bucks) who went on to found Bridgeman Foods, a multi-million dollar business that owns 160 Wendy's restaurants and over 100 Chili's restaurants across the country  It was inspiring to hear Mr. Bridgeman talk about his life story and about his career.  I was especially interested to listen to him talking about his upbringing in East Chicago, Indiana, where his family had three rules:  you attend church, you go to class, and when you join a team – you don't quit.  My thanks to the UIS Diversity Center and to our many student leaders who have done such a tremendous service for the university this year, organizing and promoting Black History Month events.  It has been a resounding success. That's what I call "Leadership lived".