"Taking the Lead" Speaker Series


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.


 Tuesday November 11, 2014 

 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 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.

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