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Drucker Institute head to speak at NICNE event

Wednesday, August 19, 2009  
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For immediate release – 8/18/09
Contact: Pam Clark-Reidenbach, NICNE, 815-226-2833

Rick Wartzman, executive director of the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University is the featured speaker at the fifth year anniversary celebration of the Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence (NICNE), September 14, 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Giovanni’s in Rockford. 

As head of the Drucker Institute, Wartzman spearheads a think tank that promotes effective management and ethical leadership across all sectors of society using the principles of Peter F. Drucker, considered the father of modern management.

Prior to joining the institute, Wartzman was a reporter and White House correspondent with the Wall Street Journal and was also business editor of the Los Angeles Times, where he helped develop “The Wal-Mart Effect,” winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.  He later edited the paper’s Sunday magazine, West, which was named the best newspaper supplement in America by the University of Missouri School of Journalism.   

Wartzman is an author whose recent book, Obscene in the Extreme: The Burning and Banning of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath was chosen as one of the top  nonfiction books last year by the Los Angeles Times. He also co-authored the King of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American Empire.

The Drucker Institute serves as a hub for a worldwide network of Drucker Societies, volunteer-driven organizations that are using Drucker’s teachings to bring about positive change in their local communities.

NICNE, an affiliate of Rockford College, began operations in 2004 as a resource for non-profit organizations, helping them to reach their highest level of service and management excellence by providing information, education, consultation, and other resources.  

During the last five years, NICNE has served more than 1,000 nonprofit staff, volunteers and board members representing some 250 agencies. It has also helped generate more than $2.75 million in new grant funding received by participants in the center’s popular proposal writing course. 

For more information on NICNE’s five year celebration event with Rick Wartzman, contact NICNE at 815-394-4384 or e-mail Karen Ream at by August 31. Cost is $50 per person or $450 for a table of 10.

Prior to the luncheon from 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., NICNE members can participate in a special event with Wartzman entitled “Five Most Important Questions.”  Cost for this members-only event is $35 or $315 for a table of 10.     

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