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Local Boys & Girls Clubs official training at Harvard
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Boys & Girls Club of Lanier CEO Steven Mickens, right, seen here in this photo from 2011, has been studying a special leadership program at Harvard Business School for the past week.

After weeks of homework assignments and preparation, the chief executive officer at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier is finishing up a week of one of the most rigorous and challenging intellectual bootcamps at one of this country’s most revered institutions of higher learning.

For the past week, Steven Mickens and a select group of other Boys & Girls Clubs executives from every region of the United States have been learning at the Harvard Business School Executive Education. Mickens and company are training to confront organization-wide challenges and problems through strategic solutions they’ve had to brainstorm.

The weeklong intensive training is a component of a year-long development program called the Leadership Summit. Mickens is one of 60 Boys & Girls Clubs executives selected to participate in the program.

Before making the trip to Boston to attend the Harvard School of Business education program, Mickens told The Times that there was plenty pre-study material to absorb just to prepare for the weeklong group experience. The program is a collaborative effort between the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Harvard Business School Executive Education.

The program was designed for high performing Boys & Girls Clubs organizations.

“This is a rare opportunity to learn from an establishment with such a legacy of prestige and success alongside other leaders with a shared mission,” Mickens said in a statement after learning he’s been selected for the program.

Mickens said he’s eager to use what he learns in the program to make an impact locally and nationally.

Since he was hired in 2011 by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier as chief professional officer, Mickens has been responsible for overseeing strategic planning and operation of the organization. Through his leadership, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier has expanded to five school sites and three club locations. The organization serves more than 5,000 youngsters ages 6-18.

In 2015, Mickens was awarded Executive of the Year in the Southeast Region by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

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