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Bridge Builders Breakfast

Feb 2013The ASU Center for Leadership and Public Policy began as a concept long before it started operating in 1999. A group of visionary leaders at ASU recognized that many of Alabama’s greatest challenges had lingered for decades. These individuals believed that creative new approaches from innovative thinkers could provide workable solutions to meet the state’s unmet challenges. One way the Center helps to meet the state’s unmet challenges is through its Bridge Builders Breakfast Series. Leaders from government, education, law, and other fields engage in honest, productive dialog with citizens who are committed to affecting positive change in their communities. These breakfasts provide unprecedented opportunities to bridge the gaps that exist in the forms of social, racial and economic isolation. Working for social justice and economic empowerment, these non-partisan events seek common ground and promote uncommon vision.

More than 300 busy people attend this free series. Reservations are not needed. The breakfasts usually take place in the RSA Activity Center at 201 Dexter Avenue. This downtown location is convenient for those who work in the Capitol Complex. The location is also good for those who work in other areas of the city because Interstates 65 and 85 are just moments away from the RSA Activity Center. Breakfast times are convenient, also, usually starting at 7:30 a.m. and ending by 8:45 a.m

Previous Bridge Builders Breakfast speakers have included Joseph Borg, director of the Alabama Securities Commission, Montgomery County District Attorney Ellen Brooks; Morris Dees, Founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center; prominent Montgomery trial lawyer and former Alabama Lt. Governor, Jere Beasley; Alabama Governor Robert Bentley; former speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives and director of the Alabama Development Office, Seth Hammett; former U.S. Congressman Bobby Bright; former Birmingham Mayor Richard Arrington; Former State Sen. and now President of ASU, Dr. Quinton T. Ross Jr.; RSA director David Bronner; U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell; and former Atlanta mayor, Congressman, U.N. Ambassador and civil rights icon Andrew J. Young.

Due to budgetry restraints, the Bridge Builders Breakfasts are currently suspended. Watch for renewal very soon.

For more information, contact Myles Mayberry at ASU's Center for Leadership and Public Policy at 334-229-6024 or at


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