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Leadership Lesson Series

Wednesday, March 31st | 8:00 am - 9:00 am

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Create Great Leaders: Leadership Lesson Series

New this year, the Leadership Lesson Series features strong community trustees and leaders to share valuable leadership lessons. For our first event in the series, we’ll welcome Dr. Nkechy Ekere Ezeh, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC), to share her top five leadership lessons that guided her footsteps through an improbable journey.

Dr. Ekere Ezeh, grew up in Ogrute, a small village in Nigeria, a country where about 48% of all women are married before the age of 18. While she did marry young, she and her husband left Nigeria and came to Grand Rapids, Michigan, with not much more than their luggage and a dream, to begin a new life.

Dr. Ekere Ezeh completed her AA from Grand Rapids Community College, BA, and M.Ed. at Grand Valley State University, and Ed.D in Child and Youth Studies with specialization in Curriculum Development and Systemic Change from Nova Southeastern University. She was one of the US delegates to Reggio Emilia, Italy, and a panelist on the Oxford University Early Literacy Round Table.

Following Dr. Ekere Ezeh’s presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to network with Chamber members and connect with other leadership alumni. Register today to join us for this great event!

Wednesday, March 31
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Zoom Webinar
Members: $15 / Non-Members: $25



Dr. Nkechy Ekere Ezeh, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC)

Leadership Lesson Series 2Dr. Nkechy Ekere Ezeh is an award-winning, international scholar who is passionate about helping vulnerable children and parents who are often left out in the educational system. Her life embodies education, and she believes in using early childhood education and authentic parent engagement to ensure that our community’s children have access to quality, early learning opportunities.

Dr. Ezeh is an associate professor at Aquinas College and the founder and pedagogical leader of the landmark Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC) – a trusted, place-based, early learning collaborative that provides funding, innovative shared support services, and advocacy to partner organizations rooted in vulnerable communities. Through its successful dual-generational model, ELNC and its partners provide family support and high-quality, culturally competent, early childhood educational services to at-risk families. Her life purpose is to ensure that teachers are able to educate ALL children and that vulnerable children are ready for kindergarten.

Dr. Ezeh’s work has taken her across the globe to train teachers and empower parents and to the state government to testify and advocate for vulnerable children. She recently published her memoir – Nwaenyi: Child of an Elephant; Lessons Learned from My Father, a Nigerian Chief, about Child Development and Affirmations.

Event Sponsors

Premier Sponsor

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Trustee Sponsors

West Michigan CEO Summit 33    Leadership Lesson Breakfast 1


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