2018 MISSION BREAKFAST
Friday, June 8, 2018; 7:00-8:00 a.m.
American Bank Center, Selena Rotunda – 2nd Floor
Sponsored by: Rio Texas Conference Transforming Communities Vision Team
Speaker: Mike Smith, Executive Director, Holding Community Center
Holding Community Center is on the front lines of mission that crosses the U.S.-Mexico border. The institution was founded in 1882 as a kindergarten and primary school. For nearly a century thereafter, Holding was a state-accredited boys’ and girls’ boarding school. In October 1883, Miss Nannie Emory Holding, a Methodist missionary from Kentucky, began a 30-year tenure as superintendent of the institution that later was named for her.
Michael has served as a National Mission Institution director, as well as being an author, researcher, and evaluator for federal programs including GEAR UP, HEP, SIF, USDA, and AmeriCorps. His extensive hands-on knowledge in these direct-service fields allows for a practical approach to evaluative results which can be easily shared and readily applied towards sustainability. Michael is a social entrepreneur who has a strong background in organizational development and community outreach. His primary focus is helping organizations and individuals alike, “Be Better at What They Do”. Michael is a nationally recognized speaker / trainer, and his confidence and commitment to hands-on practical solutions makes a difference.