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   [Gainesville, GA], [February 22, 2017] – Steven Mickens, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier, is one of just 60 senior leaders from the Boys & Girls Club Movement who have been selected to participate in a new year-long leadership development program called the Leadership Summit.  The program will begin in May 2017 and include a collaborative educational experience designed by Harvard Business School Executive Education and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).
To drive transformational impact nationally and on a local level, BGCA teamed up with the preeminent leadership development institution in the world, Harvard Business School. Together, the organizations established a leadership development experience designed to supercharge the capabilities of local CEOs, raise the organization’s collective leadership abilities and solve the most pressing challenges facing Clubs.
“I am honored to have been chosen as an inaugural participant in the BGCA Leadership Summit Program, and to have an opportunity to join my colleagues at Harvard Business School,” said Steven Mickens, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier. “This is a rare opportunity to learn from an establishment with such a legacy of prestige and success, alongside other leaders with a shared mission, and to use what I have learned to deepen my impact locally and nationally.”
The extremely selective program is designed for high performing Boys & Girls Club organizations. Participants will undergo an intense experience designed to solve organization-wide challenges and to help each local organization reach its unique goals. After the session, the group will work together to implement strategies discussed.
The Harvard Business School component will take place on its campus in June 2017.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier is a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day.To ensure that youth leave the Clubs as well-rounded individuals with a plan for the future, Clubs are focusing efforts on three key outcome areas: Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles.
The Clubs serve over 5,600 young people annually and over 640 members, ages 6 to 18 every day. Fifty-nine percent of our youth come from economically disadvantaged circumstance.  The Clubs membership is 47% male and 43% female, 40% African-American, 40% Hispanic, 12% Caucasian and 8% Multi-Racial.
The work of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier is supported by over 64 full- and part-time staff, plus a volunteer force of over 300 community leaders and private citizens. The fee for membership is $40 per year per child and the after-school program is free.  The eight week Summer Program is $180 per child. No child is turned away due to inability to pay. For more information on the Club, please call Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County at 770-532-8102.
About Harvard Business School:
Harvard Business School Executive Education, a division of Harvard Business School, is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston, Massachusetts. In fiscal year 2016, HBS faculty developed and delivered 73 open-enrollment Executive Education programs and 50 custom programs for leading organizations worldwide. More than 10,000 business executives attended programs held on campus in Boston as well as classrooms in Mumbai, and Shanghai. With global research centers in eight key regions, HBS faculty continue to develop groundbreaking research, forge powerful alliances with global organizations, and fulfill the mission of educating leaders who shape the practice of business and innovation. Learn more at