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Manchester speaker offers game plan to take dreams to reality

Patrick Walker-ReesePatrick Walker-Reese, a dream builder and educator, will speak at Manchester University about the value of ideas and what it takes to make dreams a reality.

 “How Ideas Manifest Into Dreams” is 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27 in the upper level of the Jo Young Switzer Center on the North Manchester campus. It is free, and the public is welcome.

An active vlogger, Walker-Reese is co-founder of Aspire, an educational consulting firm which teaches leaders, organizations and students how to be their best selves by finding their passion and leveraging their strengths and vision to gain success and build joy.

He will use current trends and pop culture to show how aspirations can reach a new level. The presentation promises to be highly interactive, and he will introduce “revolutionary partnerships” and ideas that have taken off in the past few years.

“I want to expose dreamers to the work it takes to make their dreams a reality, and the concepts that will help them start today,” he said.

Walker-Reese’s story is one of overcoming hardships. Growing up in East Nashville, Tenn., his father was incarcerated, and his mother struggled with addiction. The epitome of resilience, he uses life lessons of “making it” to encourage others to become the person they want to be and equip them for the journey.

He has been a featured speaker at Clemson University, the National Urban League and Tennessee State University.  Walker-Reese graduated from Tennessee State in 2010 with a history degree and a master’s degree in public administration in 2014.

First-year students in the Manchester University Honors Program (www.manchester.edu/honors) proposed the presentation for the Values, Ideas and the Arts series.

About Manchester University

Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 70 areas of academic study to nearly 1,600 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics, a Master of Athletic Training a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy and a four-year dual degree in pharmacy and pharmacogenomics. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu . 

For the media
Tim McKenna-Buchanan, Ph.D., honors program director, can be reached at tpmckenna-buchanan@manchester.edu.

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Manchester University respects the infinite worth of every individual and graduates persons of ability and conviction who draw upon their education and faith to lead principled, productive, and compassionate lives that improve the human condition. 

March 2019