Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Vikki Pryor Headlines Annual Servant Leadership Conference

On Thursday, October 20, 2011, the Center for Servant Leadership, a division of the Pastoral Institute, will host its Annual Servant Leadership Conference at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center in Columbus, Georgia.

This year's keynote address will be delivered by Ms. Vikki Pryor.

Vikki Pryor is the founder of the Change Create Transform Foundation, www.changecreatetransform.com, conceived to promote scholarship and transformational leadership by unleashing and nurturing human potential. The Marie Nesbitt Promise Prize, named after and honoring Vikki's grandmother, first awarded in 2001, and now a part of the foundation, has provided scholarships to 24 students.

Currently Regional Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross in Greater New York, Vikki leads all volunteer and humanitarian efforts which serves over 11,000 people annually. She has held senior leadership positions with SBLI USA, Oxford Health Plans, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Allstate, and the Department of Treasury. Vikki is the first African American to head the New York Red Cross and the first African American woman to head a major life insurance company in the U.S.

Vikki has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes Online, and was named by Crain’s New York Business, as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in New York and by Black Enterprise Magazine, as one of the 75 Most Powerful African American Women in Business. She led an organization that twice was named among the 50 best places to work in New York City.

Vikki earned a B.A. degree magna cum laude and a Juris Doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She also earned an MBA degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a CPA, CLU and ChFC and is admitted to practice law in New York and Illinois. Vikki received an honorary doctorate degree from Sacred Heart University in 2004 and the Presidential Medallion from Bronx Community College in 2008.

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