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William E. Strickland, Jr.: CEO, Social Architect, Community Leader and Visionary

As president-CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries, Bill Strickland builds partnerships to help the disadvantaged build a better future. He's also the author of Make the Impossible Possible, which includes his story of how a kid from Pittsburgh's ghetto would go on to lecture at Harvard and serve on the National Endowment of the Arts board. The MacArthur Fellowship "genius" award winner is also founder of the Grammy-winning MCG Jazz, the most successful jazz subscription series in America.
“A successful life is not something you simply pursue, it is something that you create, moment by moment.”
- Bill Strickland



National Center for Arts & Technology at a glance: July 2014

Overview National Center for Arts and Technology (NCAT) supports the national replication of
the model for learning and community development created by the Manchester Bidwell
Corporation.  NCAT is a replication strategy that facilitates the development of a significant number of arts and technology centers in communities across the United States. NCAT provides the opportunity to broaden Bill Strickland’s vision of creating healthy communities through culture and enterprise.

NCAT was incorporated in 2007 and is a subsidiary of Manchester Bidwell Corporation.
Mission To impart the Manchester Bidwell Corporation educational model by catalyzing the creation of centers for Arts and Technology.


NCAT’s eight operational affiliates demonstrate the impact the model is already making in communities outside of Pittsburgh. Thousands of individuals have benefited from programming offered at these CATs. Each Center is modeled after the successful programs of MCG and BTC and adapted to fit the needs of each community. Click link below to see our eight established centers:


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July 2014 -Manchester Bidwell Videos Now Live!

We know that words alone cannot do justice to Manchester Bidwell. That is why we have created, with the help of our friends at CareerBuilder and P3 Mediaworks, a series of videos showing the sights and sounds of our organization. We hope you enjoy watching them as much as we enjoyed making them!

Check out the video showcasing Manchester Bidwell by clicking here




Manchester Bidwell to expand to Israel; sights set on Japan

May 25, 2014 -Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Two years after he hatched the idea of expanding his novel arts education and job training center to overseas locations, Bill Strickland intends to make good on the vow this fall in Israel.

Then, he said, he hopes to open clones of Manchester Bidwell Corp. in an impoverished area of East London and in Japan, to help tsunami victims.

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BCAT grads 'on the edge of something extraordinary'

March 27, 2014

When the Brockway Center for Arts and Technology opened in May and when classes began in June, graduation day was a footnote on the calendar.

That footnote became an exclamation point Wednesday when 22 students received diplomas as medical assistants and pharmacy technicians and were told what they helped to achieve is having state, national and international impacts.

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'Something extraordinary'


State Sen. Joe Scarnati, foreground, listens to Bill Strickland trace the evolution of the Brockway Center for Arts and Technology at the graduation ceremony for the students in the first class in two programs of study Thursday. (Photo by Nick Hoffman)







Bill Strickland presents at Harvard School of Public Health

March 3, 2014 4:07 pm

The Decision-making: Voices from the Field webcast leadership discussion series at Harvard School of Public Health invites leaders to speak about their experiences making decisions that affect global health. Highly interactive and candid, the series is produced in The Leadership Studio. The high-definition webcast is streamed live and posted for future viewing. Experienced leaders discuss decisions that were effective, decisions that failed, and which decisions, if any, could have been made differently.

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Crafting hope through opportunity: Bill Strickland

Pittsburgh Business Times

January 3, 2014

Growing up in a struggling North Side neighborhood, Bill Stricklands early encounter with a teacher who introduced him to pottery, jazz and architecture became the inspiration for a nonprofit that uses the arts as a way to inspire young people and down-on-their-luck adults to grow their educational prospects, get training and develop productive lives. Along with a thriving jazz label and concert series,Manchester Bidwell Corp. now offers arts education for public high school students as well as vocational training for a broadening range of subjects, including culinary, horticulture and various medical fields. Strickland’s model has been independently adopted in eight cities, and he hopes to grow it worldwide.

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 Make the Impossible Possible has been selected for Common Reading at FAMU, Florida Agriculture Mechanical University For Summer 2013 and Boston College.


  Make the Impossible Possible has been selected for Common Reading  at the following institutions:

A number of Schools have selected "Make the Impossible Possible" as their Common Freshman Reader:

* Frank Phillips College* Indiana University Pennsylvania* Juniata College* Kendall College * Mt. Union College* North Dakota State University * Penn State-New Kensington* Purdue University* University of Southern Indiana * Voorhees College* Winthrop University* Florida A & M University * Boston College




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Manchester Bidwell Corporation's President & CEO  Bill Strickland featured in London Financial Times Story About His Mission of Hope and Educational Methodology 

November 22, 2013 12:19 pm

Bill Strickland’s education revolution

By John Thornhill

The article released November 22, 2013 features Pittsburgh's Bill Strickland-President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation who shares more about his journey over the past 45 years doing what he says US state schools fail to do – getting disadvantaged kids excited about learning.

"Today, at a time when the 66-year-old Strickland might have considered retiring to spend more time with his third wife and their 12-year-old daughter, he still burns with a mission to spread his philosophy of hope and his educational methodology around the world. “I am type A. I can’t quit while I’m ahead,” he says."

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Manchester Bidwell President and CEO Bill Strickland Presents at the Harvard School of Public Health for a “Decision-making: Voices from the Field” webcast conversation

The Voices from the Field webcast leadership discussion series at Harvard School of Public Health invites decision-makers to speak about their experience making policy decisions that affect global health. Highly interactive and candid, this series is produced in The Leadership Studio for a student audience. The events are webcast live in high-definition, and are posted for future viewing. Students will also learn from experienced leaders about decisions that were effective, decisions that failed, and which decisions, if any, could have been made differently.


On December 10, 2013 Bill Strickland, President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation will be the featured speaker for the “Decision-making: Voices from the Field” webcast conversation. The event will take place from 12:30-1:30pm on December 10 and will be live webcast from this site:

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Paperback-Make the Impossible Possible

One Man's Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary...

“Bill Strickland could sell anything . . . Read this book and you'll understand why he is such an inspiration to practicing and aspiring entrepreneurs.” —James Heskett, Harvard Business School


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President Obama Selects Manchester Bidwell Corporation CEO Bill Strickland for the Newly Formed White House Council for Community Solutions

Strickland joins corporate, non-profit and foundation leaders from across the U.S. in offering solutions for more efficiently and effectively addressing community needs to President Obama.



President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the White House Council for Community Solutions. The Council will provide advice to the President on the best ways to mobilize citizens, nonprofits, businesses and government to work more effectively together to solve specific community needs. Pittsburgh’s Bill Strickland, President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC), is one of the twenty-five appointees who range from Jon Bon Jovi to the president of eBay.

President Obama said, “These impressive men and women have dedicated their lives and careers to civic engagement and social innovation. I commend them for their outstanding contributions to their communities, and I am confident that they will serve the American people well in their new roles on the White House Council for Community Solutions. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”
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Bill Strickland hopes to persuade 200 cities around the world to replicate his arts, education and job-training program. It's late spring, and Bill Strickland is spending some quiet time in the ceramics studio at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, the art and job-training center he founded in Pittsburgh's struggling Manchester area. ... more