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Friday, January 18, 2002
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Speaker motivates poor

By Marcus Maleus
Gazette Staff

"The only thing wrong with poor people is they have no money."

Those were the words of William E. Strickland Jr., founder of the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild art school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, during a presentation yesterday at the Richard Ivey School of Business.

The Craftsmen's Guild trains underprivileged people for a variety of different artistic vocations, Strickland said, noting the guild has worked in collaboration with a number of corporate and private partners in their efforts.

Strickland, who grew up in inner-city Pittsburgh, said he started the guild because he wanted to create the same environment for kids that his high school art teacher created for him.

"If you want to change poor people by working with them, you have to look at the solution, not the problem. If you set the bar high for them, they'll aim for that level. If you set it low, they'll aim low," he explained.

A faculty of culinary arts was created at the guild with the help of a $1 million donation from the heir to the Heinz Ketchup fortune, while a music hall was constructed with the financial and creative assistance of legendary jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie.

Strickland said he's not in the training business – he's in the attitude business. "People's behavior is determined by the way you treat them. If you treat kids like human beings, they're more likely to act like them," Strickland said.

LeaderLab, the Ivey organization that sponsored Strickland's speech, was created in Sept. 2000 with the mandate of bringing some of the world's most inspirational leaders to the business school.

Nadia Keung, LeaderLab executive team member, said Strickland gave an exceptional presentation. "I think it will inspire other students to do the sorts of things he did," she said.

Scott Hill, second-year Masters Business Association student at Ivey, said Strickland touched everyone with his enthusiasm. "He's just a simple guy who inspires us all to do more," Hill said.

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