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Fetzer CEO addresses substance behind love, forgiveness

Jan. 14, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Thomas Beech, president and chief executive officer of the Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, will talk on "The Fetzer Institute's Work on Love and Forgiveness: Fluff or Substance" at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26.

The program will be the fourth presentation in the seventh annual Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Speaker Series and will take place in the Dean's Conference Room of Schneider Hall on Western Michigan University's main campus.

The series, which is free and open to the public but requires reservations, provides regular opportunities for community members, entrepreneurs, business leaders and other guests to learn about and discuss important business issues. It is sponsored by the Keystone Community Bank, while WMU's Haworth College of Business serves as host.

The Fetzer Institute's mission is to foster awareness of the power of love and forgiveness in the emerging global community. This mission rests on the institute's conviction that efforts to address the world's critical issues must go beyond political, social, and economic strategies to their psychological and spiritual roots.

Beech's work in philanthropy has emphasized the central importance of building solid working relationships based on trust, mutual respect and integrity. He has written and consulted extensively on nonprofit governance, and organizational and personal resilience.

Beech has served on the boards of directors of the Council on Foundations, Independent Sector, the Conference of Southwest Foundations, the Institute for Community Peace and Funders Concerned About AIDS. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Carleton College and studied at the graduate level at Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University.

To make a reservation to attend the talk, call (269) 387-5050. Parking will be available next to Schneider Hall in the Fetzer Center lot.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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