Creating a home environment encouraging leadership

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Creating a home environment encouraging leadership

Parents need to understand, and I think it's really important for me, that leadership, good leaders, get you to believe in them. But the best leaders get us to believe in ourselves. The same with teachers. So teaching a kid to be a person who expansively puts out a girl or a boy who's able to build those relationships with others and get them to move along with them towards a location. Lao Tsu, the great Chinese philosopher said, if we push, coerce, cajole and encourage a people to arrive at a certain destination, a great leader wisely remains totally silent. In other words, push them along, help them arrive at where you needed them to be, and then celebrate with them in a way of humble silence. Just saying wow! I helped them get to where they needed to be. That's those strong relationships. I work with leadership groups all over the country. And they always want to ask, how do we reach out? And I told them, one of the things is to reach out to the kid who is lonely and distressed. No one left alone. No one sits alone. And this is important for leadership. No one is forgotten. And no one is abused or humiliated in front of us. We don't allow that. Dr. Martin Luther King's line is it's not the bullies that hurt us the most; it's our friends that don't defend us. Caesar Chavez said there's two forces in the world - the force that pushes people down or the force that lifts people up. Be a person who's lifting people for up. Coeur is the French word for heart. en-cour-age. Give strength to the heart. Not dis-cour-age. And every one of the young women that I've ever helped out, I've watched them become great painters, it's because consistently they find in themselves something about leadership that's first internalized and awakened and then it's externalized. Like Tara my daughter, she said, I'm not going to listen to that. I think they talk about the glass ceiling. I'm bringing in a slingshot.

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Michael Pritchard

Humanist & Child Advocate

Michael Pritchard is a nationally acclaimed keynote speaker praised by the Wall Street Journal, CNN and Time for his ability to use humor to inspire and educate his audiences on communication skills. Michael Pritchard is a big guy with a warm heart who as one student described him, “truly walks as he talks.”

He began his career on both the comedy stage and as a juvenile counselor in San Francisco’s Youth Guidance Center. In 1980, Michael Pritchard won first place in the San Francisco International Stand Up Comedy Competition as well as winning the prestigious California Probation Officer of the Year.

Michael’s offers from Hollywood rolled in including a guest appearance on an Emmy Award winning episode of “Taxi”. His sensational standup comedy billed him with Robin Williams, Jerry Seinfeld, Dana Carvey and Whoopi Goldberg playing venues as Caesar’s, the Comedy Store, Universal Ampitheater and opening for such names as Diana Ross, the Grateful Dead, Kenny Rogers, Mike Mc Donald and Boz Scaggs. But Michael rejected offers from Hollywood to focus on using his comic talents for inspiring youth and adults.

Drawing from his counseling background, Michael Pritchard began using humor to inspire, teach communication skills, anger management, diversity, conflict resolution and overcoming burnout and stress.

His broad base of audience from corporate employees, healthcare workers, government and state officials have honored him with countless standing ovations and numerous awards including: President’s Volunteer Action Award, Commendation - Office of the Attorney General , Paul Harris Fellowship - Rotary International, Toastmaster’s International Speaker, Outstanding Performance - Federal Executive Board , Josephine Duveneck Humanitarian Award and the Key to the City of San Francisco.As a result of his work, Michael Pritchard has been featured on CNN, NBC’s “The Today Show”, “The Tonight Show”, CBS “Sunday Morning” with Charles Kuralt, “Time” magazine and “People” magazine.

His seven educational series for PBS and distribution has been seen by millions and focuses on youth guidance in the areas of violence prevention. “The Power of Choice” “You can Choose”, “Big Changes, Big Choices”.

Forming Heartland Media, he continued with “Red Ribbon Week” and “PeaceTalks” teaching students to make positive choices.“SOS: Saving Our Schools from Hate and Violence”, featured in both Time magazine and on CNN, filmed after the tragic Columbine disaster. His new series: “Lifesteps” builds the social and emotional intelligence in youth and has already received the Parents Choice Award

For his work in promoting nonviolence with youth, Dr. Michael Pritchard was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Hartwick University and winning, 2001 Lewis Hine’s Award for Service to Children & Youth Certificate of Appreciation and the 2002 Marin Community Foundations Beryl Buck Fund Award for achievement in Promoting Nonviolence.

As an extension of Heartland Media, he established Heartland Media Foundation building character and emotional intelligence, violence prevention, inciting motivation and leadership in both youth and adults to improve schools and communities. The foundation provides youth guidance programs, including video, print curriculum, and live presentations by Michael Pritchard to aid in schools and communities where the funding is limited.

In the fund raising capacity, Michael Pritchard has help raise millions of dollars by donating his time and talent to events and various charitable organizations including: Boys and Girls Club – Ronald McDonald House –Salvation Army - Jewish Family Services – SF Giants Community Fund – American Heart Association –Women’s Wellness Forum – Special Olympics - CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates - Bread & Roses – Recreation Center for the Handicapped –– DARE –– Texan’s War on Drugs –– Vietnam Vets of America - Guide Dogs for the Blind

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