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Quick to Judge

William "Bill" CrawfordLeadership comes in all forms. During HOBY, we are taught and reminded to never judge someone before talking to them. You don’t know a person’s true story until you ask.

This man, Mr. William “Bill” Crawford, worked as a humble janitor for almost 10 years at the Air Force Academy before a cadet discovered his true identity.

Crawford reminds us of a few key values of leaders through his unique story.

Respect should be given to all, no matter their “label.” Crawford may have been just a janitor, but he was also a part of the academy and contributed to the well-being of all around. No matter the life history, no job is beneath anyone.

Humbleness is always noticed, and credited. The humble leaders and heroes, like Crawford, seem to have the important life lessons under their belt. They can teach a thing or 2 when you need it most.

Check out Bill’s full story, and let us know what you learned or were reminded of about leadership.



Meet Your 2015-16 Leadership Seminar Co-Chairpersons

Emily Ciraolo is a 2003 HOBY New York West alumna, representing Holy Angels Academy. She is a corporate communications specialist at National Fuel Gas Co., and considers herself fortunate to have found a rewarding and challenging career in her hometown. Outside of the office, Emily enjoys CrossFit, cooking, blogging, all things social media, and of course, HOBY. She is looking forward to making her 13th year with HOBY, the most outstanding. Emily received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from St. Bonaventure University as well as her master’s degree in integrated marketing communications.

HOBY Pic (2)Melissa Maxwell is a 2005 HOBY New York West alumna, representing Batavia High School. She is a speech-language pathologist at Palisades Park Elementary in Charlotte, North Carolina. Melissa knows HOBY inspires and empowers high school sophomores, enabling them to make a difference in their communities and in the lives of others. That’s why she continues volunteer year after year. Melissa received her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary arts for children with certifications in elementary eduction and special education from Brockport University and her master’s in speech-language pathology from Buffalo State College.


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