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Alumni Spotlight: Georgena Williams– HOBY Pennsylvania East, 2017

“HOBY inspired me to be that beacon of hope, to help those currently at an obstacle in life to rise above. The seminar inspired me to do more, to take action instead of sitting back.” When she was young, Georgena Williams knew she wanted to help those she saw begging for loose change on the […]

HOBY 2019 Volunteer Training Institute Highlights

Our annual Training Institute was held in the heavily air- conditioned Hyatt Winfrey Hotel in Birmingham, AL on Aug 15- 18th! Volunteers, DNPs and HOBY International staff from almost all corners of the United States flocked by the hundreds to participate in this highly informative training. Here are some highlights: Friday, August 16 was the […]

HOBY Event Highlight: 2019 Global Leadership Awards in Chicago

HOBY’s second annual Global Leadership Awards reception was held at Cushman & Wakefield’s headquarters in Chicago. Shawn Mobley, the CEO of the Americas for C&W and Anna Gomez, CFO of the Leo Burnett Group co-hosted the event with over 150+ people in attendance. Taylor Hicks, the “American Idol” season 5 winner, provided the entertainment for the […]

Stuffed Love: Increasing Hope, Love, and Community Connection

I first heard about HOBY through a local Rotarian that knew my dad. Jody had gotten to know me through my volunteerism around my community, and thought I would be a great fit to attend a HOBY program! Her club helped fundraise the cost of attending the winter 2014 Advanced Leadership Academy and I was […]

HOBY Was the First Place I Saw a Woman of Color in a Leadership Position

This is a transcript of a speech was presented by a HOBY alumna at the closing ceremony for the 2019 HOBY Connecticut Seminar. Let me tell you a story about a student. She has thick, brown, curly hair. Each hair follicle that sprouts from her head falls into its own individual curl pattern. Some days she likes to wear her […]

Alumni Spotlight: Tyler Farace – HOBY Central Pennsylvania & WLC, 2018

Guest Writer: Tyler Farace – HOBY Central Pennsylvania & WLC 2018 Hey HOBY! My name is Ty Farace and I was a 2018 Central Pennsylvania and 2018 HOBY WLC representative. I’ve been asked to share my HOBY story and so that’s what this is. I hope you enjoy! My HOBY journey started when a friend […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Donnie Lindsey – HOBY Alabama

“HOBY has redefined my entire philosophy around leadership as a discipline and provided me with a community of people who I recognize as family. I have taken classes and attended workshops on leadership before, but there is nothing like the curriculum that HOBY provides and the wonderful people that convey it so well!” Donnie Lindsey […]

HOBY Alumni Stand Together To Make Strides to Protect the Environment

“It’s impossible to measure the lasting effects HOBY has had on my life. WLC taught me not only to believe in myself but believe in my generation as a whole. Standing up for what you believe in, and having the courage to follow through is one of the most honorable ways to live your life.” […]

Calling All Leaders: Leave Your Mark

HOBY’s founder Hugh O’Brian believed that everyone “if given the opportunity and encouragement to recognize his or her own potential, regardless of background, has the freedom to choose in our world. Will an individual be a taker or a giver in life? Will that person be satisfied merely to exist, or seek a meaningful purpose? […]