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July 2017: A Note From Greg

“Fortune befriends the bold.” -ED

This is more than just a quote written by the famous poet, Emily Dickinson. We’re thrilled to announce it’s also the theme of our Annual Conference this year.

Challenging times require bold leadership. What does being BOLD mean to me? It means dreaming big in the face of challenges and rethinking how we might accomplish those dreams together.

With that in mind, we’ve selected a keynote speaker who embodies boldness — and happens to be a huge fan of Emily Dickinson, as well.Dr. Terrence Roberts was one of the Little Rock Nine, a group of African-American students who, in 1957, were the first black students ever to attend classes at Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. On September 4, 1957, Dr. Roberts and eight other African American students (known as the Little Rock Nine) made an unsuccessful attempt to enter Little Rock Central High School. Despite the presence of the National Guard, an angry mob of about 400 surrounded the school.

The National Guard was removed with the protection of the students left to the local police. On September 23, 1957, a mob of about 1000 people surrounded the school as the students attempted to enter. The following day, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent U.S. Army troops to accompany the students to school for protection. Click here to learn more about the Little Rock Nine.

Our annual conference is designed for our community. We need YOU there. We have an opportunity to create a powerful community conversation and celebration of the bold leadership we know exists here in Louisville. Mark your calendars for October 24th because we’re counting on you to lend your voice, your leadership, your boldness to this year’s convening of our sector.


Gregory Nielsen
Center for Nonprofit Excellence