|Birmingham’s Shelley Stewart to Address National Big Brothers Big Sisters Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.|
|Written by Administrator|
|Wednesday, 06 June 2012 11:57|
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – o2ideas President and CEO Shelley Stewart will be part of the keynote opening panel at the national Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) 2012 Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, June 12. The Summit draws BBBS leadership from all local chapters across the country. The Summit’s Tuesday keynote panel is designed to set the tone for the Summit with motivational messages from top national speakers.
Stewart has been unswervingly dedicated to improving the lives of the nation’s youth for decades. In 2007, he founded the Mattie C. Stewart Foundation (MCSF), a national organization devoted to keeping kids in school. The MCSF is now active in 46 states and has reached more than 10 million people through tools such as the InsideOut documentary and its fleet of Choice Buses.
“I look forward to seeing Birmingham’s own Dr. Shelley Stewart speak at the Summit. One of the most current and damaging issues facing our children today is dropping out of school,” said Sue S. Johnson, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham. “Of the children participating in the BBBS program, 95 percent of them say going to school and getting a good education is very important. Mr. Stewart is a true champion for children achieving success in life,” Johnson said.
Stewart will share the panel with other leaders such as Mrs. Alma Powell, chair of America’s Promise Alliance and wife of General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret). The Alliance is also a national partner with the Mattie C. Stewart Foundation.
During his long-running broadcasting career, Stewart’s radio broadcasts brought white and Black youth together through the power of music, humor and dialogue. His “parallel career” in advertising also began in the 1960s. Stewart is President and Chief Executive Officer of o2ideas, one of the South’s longest-running, privately held marketing communications firms. His lifetime odyssey is chronicled in The Road South, a book by Time Warner.