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"Crisis Called. Who Answered?" WBF Contest Winner

With the “Crisis Called. Who Answered” World Business Forum Contest officially at its end, I'd first like to thank everyone who submitted a nomination for the best crisis-time leader across this past year. 

All of the submissions have been reviewed, and it is now my pleasure to announce our winner: Dr. Ellen Weber of Rochester, NY.  Dr. Weber who wrote a very compelling nomination on behalf of Dr. Bill Cala, a highly admirable leader and philanthropist also hailing from Rochester.  (I profiled her submission in a blog post earlier this month, but I’ve copied it again below.)

And as Dr. Weber has very graciously transferred her award to Dr. Cala, I look forward to seeing him at the World Business Forum at Radio City Music Hall next week.

Dr. Bill Cala leads with a sense of service that defies the rise and fall of finances. Just retired from a busy and highly successful superintendency, Bill brings hope to hundreds by schools he raises and supports in Africa.

In addition, Dr. Cala is currently launching a high-performance Regional School here in Rochester, NY. Bill plans to lead an organization for disadvantaged youth from urban areas to learn and lead alongside advantaged youth from suburbs. His idea is for mutual learning and teaching that brings together differences in ways that benefit all, and builds community.

Bill spends personal finances extravagantly to fund much of his philanthropic work, is highly respected and sought after from areas of both learning and leading, and serves with unique humility and passion.

While most business and government leaders in my area cut employees and slashed programs, seeing only financial crisis, Bill gave back more because he saw how others were harder hit by broken financial systems they must deal with daily.

Bill and his wife Joanne, travel to Africa each summer to oversee several schools and water systems they built in extremely poor areas. Then, for several months following, he facilitates many highly successful leaders here in Rochester, to give back to disadvantaged and those in need.

As a renewed leader Bill leans toward transformational ethics, reconfigured intellectual systems that work more for youth and less to sustain bureaucracy, and mind-bending generosity that gathers the best and brightest together to build and serve those who possess less fortune, for whatever reason.

I've personally been deeply inspired by Dr. Cala, and yet I know that I am only one of many who'd rejoice if he won admission to your wonderful World Business Forum at Radio City Hall on Oct. 6th and 7th, 2009. Thank you kindly!

“Crisis Called. Who Answered?” Contest Update, 9.15.09

With the “Crisis Called. Who Answered?” World Business Forum Contest well underway, we’ve received scores of submissions from all across the country.  Here’s another compelling nomination, this time from Anwar Chowdhury in support of UK PM Gordon Brown.  Reactions?

I nominate British Prime Minister Gordon Brown for his leadership in leading us out of the abyss caused by the financial crisis. Amongst world leaders, he played the most significant role in quickly identifying the need to stabilize the financial system by injecting money into financial institutions to recapitalize so that banks could continue to lend money to businesses and individuals to protect jobs. He also played a significant role by hosting an international summit of world leaders to stimulate the economy.

He emphasized the need for concerted global action and cautioned us against protectionism that would result in a much more serious and prolonged recession.

At the time of crisis, his voice was one of reassurance that we would be able to control the damage and restore confidence in the financial system.

He is also a leading advocate of strengthening the regulation of the financial industry to avoid future catastrophe.

The World Business Forum is three weeks away (Oct. 6th–7th), so there’s still time to submit a nomination – who would YOU nominate as the best crisis-time leader in America.

“Crisis Called. Who Answered?” WBF Contest Nominee: Dr. Bill Cala of Rochester, NY

The “Crisis Called. Who Answered?” World Business Forum (WBF) Contest is off to a breakaway start, with nominations pouring in for the best crisis-time leader across the past year.  This particularly compelling nomination comes from Rochester, New York in support of Dr. Bill Cala.

Bill Cala leads with a sense of service that defies the rise and fall of finances. Just retired from a busy and highly successful superintendency, Bill brings hope to hundreds by the schools he raises and supports in Africa.

In addition, Dr. Cala is currently launching a high-performance Regional School here in Rochester, NY. Bill plans to lead an organization for disadvantaged youth from urban areas to learn and lead alongside advantaged youth from suburbs. His idea is for mutual learning and teaching that brings together differences in ways that benefit all, and builds community.

Bill spends personal finances extravagantly to fund much of his philanthropic work, is highly respected and sought after from areas of both learning and leading, and serves with unique humility and passion.

While most business and government leaders in my area cut employees and slashed programs, seeing only financial crisis, Bill gave back more because he saw how others were harder hit by broken financial systems they must deal with daily.

Bill and his wife Joanne, travel to Africa each summer to oversee several schools and water systems they built in extremely poor areas. Then, for several months following, he facilitates many highly successful leaders here in Rochester, to give back to disadvantaged and those in need.

As a renewed leader Bill leans toward transformational ethics, reconfigured intellectual systems that work more for youth and less to sustain bureaucracy, and mind-bending generosity that gathers the best and brightest together to build and serve those who possess less fortune, for whatever reason.

I’ve personally been deeply inspired by Dr. Cala, and yet I know that I am only one of many who’d rejoice if he won admission to your wonderful World Business Forum at Radio City Hall on Oct. 6th and 7th, 2009. Thank you kindly!

Dr. Cala is undoubtedly among the best in American leadership.  And while he is most certainly in the running, the contest is not over yet – who would YOU nominate as the best crisis-time leader in America.

Crisis Called. Who Answered?

When the 2008 financial crisis called, who answered?  Your boss?  A colleague?  A politician or CEO?  Who are you proud to say displayed the best of American crisis-time leadership?

Make your nomination now!

I want to honor those leaders who pulled America back from the brink, which is why I’m sponsoring this contest.  The winner will be invited the renownedWorld Business Forum at Radio City Music Hall on Oct. 6-7, free of charge.  And just for participating, you will receive a Study Guide to Bill George’s latest book, 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis, and a $300 admission discount to the World Business Forum.

It’s imperative that we recognize those people who demonstrated forthright, principled leadership during the economic downturn so that they can stand as models for future crises.  Thank you for taking the time to make your nomination.

Best regards,

Bill