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Founders Panel and Reception

Friday, September 15

The Founder's Panel brought together the inaugural group of Michigan Alums who established the BLI. Our esteemed panelists included Dave Barger, Barry Blattman, Jamie Sprayregen, and Rick Price. To this day, each of them continues to support our students and all of our leadership programs. The panel provided an inspiring discussion where the founders shared the stories, challenges, and insights that has made BLI what it is today. Following the panel, we enjoyed a beautiful reception in the Michigan League's Garden Courtyard.

"The most interesting part about the founders panel to me was hearing how each founder had very different skills and interests, but under a common purpose and strong vision they were able to effectively combine to create an amazing and lasting organization. I believe one of the most important skills for a leader to develop is how to find commonalities between differing parties, and their experiences and stories were a great example of how to do so." - Sanjee Choudhuri

BLI Panelist Dave Barger

BLI Panelist (left to right): Rick Price, Barry Blattman, Jamie Sprayregen

LSA Dean Andrew D. Martin

(left to right) BLI Director Jason Owen-Smith, Rick Price, BLI Fellow Aries Rutledge