—Geoffrey Canada, President/CEO, Harlem Children’s Zone

Paul Schmitz’s unique perspective and experience make this a must-read for community activists.

—Arianna Huffington, President and Executive Editor, Huffington Post Media Group

We must mine the most underutilized resource available to us: We the People. Everyone Leads shows us how.

—Tavis Smiley, author, broadcaster, philanthropist

Everyone Leads shows us how we can all step up and contribute to social change.

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  • Transcript | Stanford Social Innovation Review Features Public Allies CEO Paul Schmitz

    The Stanford Social Innovation Review continues to explore the practice of “Collective Impact” in its Fall 2012 issue by publishing the transcript of a discussion that included Public Allies CEO Paul Schmitz. “Collective Impact” is a model for addressing community problems that gets various organizations to work together on a common agenda to tackle big […]

  • Award | The Nonprofit Times Honors Paul Schmitz

    We’re proud to announce that for the second time, The Nonprofit Times has named Public Allies CEO Paul Schmitz to its prestigious Power & Influence Top 50 list. The list recognizes the nonprofit sector’s most influential leaders. Paul just completed a 25-city book tour for his book, Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up, […]

  • Story | Huffington Post

    Huffington Post publishes article by Public Allies CEO Paul Schmitz, “Leave No  Young Adult Behind,” which lays out a strategy to engage the nearly 7 million disconnected young people in the United States today. Read the story here

  • Story | Intersections South LA

    Intersections South LA covers the visit of Paul Schmitz, Public Allies CEO and author of “Everyone Leads,” to Los Angeles the week of May 14, 2012. Read the story

  • Audio | Nonprofit Spark Radio

    Renee McGivern of Nonprofit Spark interviews Paul Schmitz, author “Everyone Leads” and Public Allies CEO, to discuss Public Allies, how to measure the impact of nonprofit work, and the promise of cross-sector collaborations to make positive community change. Listen to the interview

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    Paul Schmitz has been invited to give a talk and workshop at The Millennial Impact: MCON13, July 18 in Indianapolis, Indiana.   SEPTEMBER 19, 2013, BURLINGTON, VERMONT Paul Schmitz has been invited to give a keynote address for Common Good Vermont.   SEPTEMBER 20, 2013, NEW HAMPSHIRE Paul Schmitz has been invited to give a […]

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I wrote Everyone Leads to inspire individuals and organizations to see new leadership possibilities within themselves and their communities. To solve the problems of our day, we need the leadership of the many. This book provides inspiring stories and concrete examples on how we together can lead change in our communities.

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A Powerful Example of Servant Leadership

The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said that “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” Last month, New York City and our nation lost such a leader, Richard Murphy, whose legacy should serve as an example of […]

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Reading Through the Presidents

This piece was originally published by Huffington Post Happy Presidents’ Day. While I usually write about bottom-up leadership, I also have long been fascinated by the presidents. Several years ago, on a conference call, I heard an older colleague talk about how he had been reading all the presidents’ authoritative biographies in chronological order. At […]

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‘Everyone Leads’ Excerpt in World Financial Review

The original version of this excerpt from “Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up,” was published by the London magazine, World Financial Review By Paul Schmitz, Public Allies CEO Everyone leads. When I began using this phrase in presentations about Public Allies and chose it as the title of my book, it provoked many questions […]

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MLK’s Leadership Lesson for Us All

This article by Public Allies CEO Paul Schmitz originally published by Huffington Post on Jan. 21, 2013 This weekend, millions of Americans served their communities and made commitments to volunteer to make a difference in their communities and for the causes they care about over the next year as part of the Inauguration’s National Day of […]

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The Rewards of Diversity and Inclusion

(Originally published on Huffington Post) In the course of giving more than 100 speeches this year for my book, Everyone Leads, I met countless people who reinforced my belief about the incredible leadership talent often left untapped in our communities. Two who most inspired me were Monte Allen and Bob Littman from Cincinnati, Ohio. Their story […]

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