Willie Jolley

Motivational Speaker

Date of Publication: 
02/13/2012

Willie Jolley to ‘Motivate’ Founder’s Day Celebrants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Washington, DC) – Motivational speaker Willie Jolley will regale members of the university community Wednesday, February 15th – as the University of the District of Columbia celebrates Founder’s Day.  The annual event honors faculty members and others who have made significant contributions to the fabric of Washington, DC and the nation.  This year, five individuals are being honored, as the university continues its 160-year anniversary celebration.

Jolley was named one of the “Outstanding Five Speakers in the World” by Toastmasters International.  Former winners of the honor include Colin Powell, Nelson Mandela, and Margaret Thatcher.  Jolley has also been inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame.

Jolley, author of several best-selling books, including “It Only Takes a Minute to Change Your Life!” and “An Attitude of Excellence”, can be heard on Sirius XM Satellite Radio and seen on CBS Television’s “Live Better With Willie Jolley”.

“Mr. Jolley’s attitude and motivational spirit illustrate the environment we’re creating for our students,” said Dr. Allen L. Sessoms, President of the University of the District of Columbia.  “Our 2012 honorees exemplify the very best of our community, and it is a pleasure to recognize their efforts.”

The University of the District of Columbia’s Founder’s Day honorees are as follows:

Founders’ Day Awards

The Dr. Marjorie Holloman Parker Distinguished Educator’s Award is presented to that individual whose laudable contributions as an educator have made a difference in the city’s or nation’s public or private schools, colleges and universities.  The recipient of this award is Mr. Harris M. Taylor, former University of the District of Columbia Board of Trustees member ’52 and a seasoned educator with an extensive background in public education.

The Dr. Paul Phillips Cooke Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to that University of the District of Columbia faculty or staff member who has consistently demonstrated exceptional loyalty, commitment, dedication, and service to the advancement of the University and its goals and objectives.  This award is being presented to Dr. Gloria Wyche-Moore, Founding Dean of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES).

The Dr. Cleveland L. Dennard Service Award is presented to that individual who has demonstrated a long-term commitment of outstanding service to the University of the District of Columbia.  This award is being presented to Joseph B. Tulman, J.D., Director of the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law’s Took Crowell Institute for At-Risk Youth.

The Honorable Ronald H. Brown Distinguished Leadership Award is presented to that individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in his/her profession and whose work has contributed to the betterment of our community and its citizens on a local, national or international level.  The recipient of this award is Willie Jolley, an award-winning speaker, author, and media personality.

The 160th Anniversary Medal is presented to that individual who has demonstrated leadership and service to the University of the District of Columbia and the Nation.  The recipient of this award is Norma L. Bullock, a retired Human Resources Manager with over 47 years of Federal service, and an enthusiastic supporter of the University of the District of Columbia.


As the only urban land-grant institution in the United States, the University of the District of Columbia (www.udc.edu) supports a broad mission of education, research and community service across all member colleges and schools, which include the Community College, College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, College Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Public Administration, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and David A. Clarke School of Law.

The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For a full version of the University’s EO Policy Statement, please visit:  http://www.udc.edu/equal_opportunity.

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