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Roderick HayesOn behalf of the Urban Financial Services Coalition’s Board of Directors, I extend warm greetings and best wishes for the coming year to our communities, members and partners.

Our organization will turn 43 years old in 2017 thanks to the tireless dedication, passion and support of many. This same commitment, if not more, will be needed by “all” if we are to continue to fulfill our mission of being the pre-eminent financial services organization that provides professional development programs, supports educational advancement and promotes economic empowerment for its members and communities.

I attended the recent Annual Holiday Reception and Scholarship Awards Program hosted by our Greater Kansas City Chapter.  The keynote speaker of the evening made a statement that resonated with me and that I encourage all of us to adopt as our motto and remember as we carry out our roles as community leaders:  “If service is beneath you, then leadership is above you”.

I am looking forward to seeing and working with you at our 2017 Leadership Summit that will be held in Kansas City, MO on July 23-29.  The focus for that week will be “Strategic Leadership Development & Organizational Sustainability.”

Sincerely,