"Taking the Lead" Speaker Series

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 6-8 pm

This is a free, quarterly speaker series that features entrepreneurs and innovative thought leaders from a variety of industries who will share their insight and experiences with the local community in order to support, encourage and inspire students and business leaders in their entrepreneurial pursuits.




 Rhonda Frederick


 Rhonda Frederick, MPA

“The Importance of Succession Planning in

Not for Profits”



About Rhonda Frederick, MPA, COO People Inc.

Rhonda Frederick, MPA, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of People Inc., a leading not-for-profit health and human services agency providing programs and services to more than 12,000 people with special needs, their families, and seniors throughout Western New York. With an operating budget of $143 million and 3,500 employees, People Inc. has assisted individuals to achieve greater degrees of independence and productivity since 1971.

 Frederick joined the agency as a direct care staff member in 1980 and rose through the ranks to become chief operating officer in 2002. While in that role, the agency expanded into affordable and independent senior housing, improved outcomes, increased efficiency and achieved operational excellence. Frederick was also at the forefront of the agency’s commitment to person-centered solutions to improve the quality of life for individuals receiving supports and services. In recognition of her dedication and success, she became the agency’s president and CEO in October 2014.

Frederick currently serves as president of the Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York (DDAWNY), an organization that fosters collaboration among agencies who support people with developmental disabilities and gives them a single voice in Albany. The recipient of several honors, Frederick received the Dr. Evan Calkins Meritorious Service Award from Network in Aging of Western New York for significant contributions to her field, was named Buffalo Business First Woman of Influence in 2009 and a winner of Buffalo Business First’s Health Care 50 in 2014.

Frederick earned her master’s degree in public administration from Canisius College and a bachelor’s degree in social work from the Rochester Institute of Technology.


 Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker



Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker

“The Charity Strong Initiative"



About Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, President/CEO, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker has dedicated her career to improving lives through civic service.  Her leadership experience has centered on leading community-wide efforts to solve the most critical problems facing communities.  She is a nationally recognized spokeswoman on a range of issues including philanthropy, civic engagement and cultural diversity.

Clotilde has led numerous public/private sector collaborations focused on systemic change.  These efforts have addressed issues such as school readiness, post-secondary attainment, lead-poisoning prevention, capacity building for arts organizations, safety for victims of domestic violence and environmental stewardship.  Most recently, Clotilde launched the Say Yes to Education initiative to drive education reform in the urban core of the region.  She is the founder of the Literacy Funders Network, a national coalition of foundations dedicated to improving literacy in America.

Other service highlights include a White House appointment to the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, U.S. Committee co-chair of the United Nations International Year of the Volunteer and president of the Association of Junior Leagues International.  Clotilde has served on national and local boards including the National Women’s Hall of Fame (president), Mayoral Council on Hispanic issues (chair), The John R. Oishei Foundation, and The National Federation for Just Communities (vice-chair).  Current service includes chair of charitySTRONG, board member of CFLeads, The Foundation Center, FSG and Say Yes to Education.

Clotilde’s work has been recognized by many including the Points of Light Foundation, the Governor’s Award for Service and the President’s Award for Service.  She holds a Master’s degree in Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a naturalized U.S. citizen, native of Cuba.


This event is free and open to the public. Immediately following Alan Weinstein's remarks there will be a book signing and reception. 

Due to limited seating, registration is required.

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 (Fredericks Session)

                  Tuesday November 11, 2014 (Perez-Bode Dedecker Session)             

                  6pm - 8pm

                  Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

Location: Canisius College
                Science Hall Atrium
                2001 Main St.
                Buffalo, NY 14208

Parking: Free parking is available at the Canisius Parking Ramp on the corner of Jefferson and Delavan Avenues.