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Neighborhood Allies President Receives Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters From His Alma Mater

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On Saturday May 6, 2017, Presley Gillespie received an Honorary Doctorate degree, and delivered the Youngstown State University Commencement Address to the largest graduating class in 34 years, and second largest in 100 years.

The speech, meant to inspire the graduates by sharing Presley’s personal journey from rough beginnings in Harlem to rising through the senior ranks in banking and the nonprofit industries.  He also provided the graduates with ten important lessons learned over the course of his life and career and left them with this final thought:

“We do not need magic to change the world. You all carry all the power you need inside of yourselves. You have the power to imagine better, to challenge the status quo. What difference will you make? What will be your legacy?”

“It was a humbling and awesome experience”, says Presley.  “A once in a lifetime opportunity, and I’m grateful I could share my story and lessons learned with our next generation of leaders”.

Please join us in congratulating Presley on this great accomplishment and honor!

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