The head of an international nonprofit that makes homeownership possible each year for thousands of people speaks Tuesday evening with Elon President Leo M. Lambert as the university begins a year of focus on service opportunities for future graduates.
Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, shares his career story and experiences running one of the most recognizable international nonprofit organizations in a Tuesday evening campus conversation with Elon University President Leo M. Lambert.
The event from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, in Lakeside Meeting Room is the formal start of Elon University’s yearlong focus on opportunities for students considering service programs after college.
Reckford is a North Carolina native who graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He previously worked in executive and managerial positions at Goldman Sachs, Marriott, the Walt Disney Co. and Best Buy.
Though he began his career on Wall Street, Reckford in 1986 was awarded the Henry Luce Scholarship, which provided the opportunity to work in marketing for the Olympic Organizing Committee in preparation for the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, where he also coached the Korean national rowing team. Reckford returned to the United States for his MBA and eventually found an avocation helping to coach pastors in dealing with the management side of church life.
In 2003, that volunteer service turned into full-time ministry as executive pastor of a 4,300-member church in Edina, Minn. He would join Habitat for Humanity two years later.
Co-Sponsors: Center for Leadership, Department of Human Service Studies, Department of Religious Studies, Enactus, Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement, Public Health Studies Program
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