NEW YORK, Oct. 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The CEO of the world's leading housing nonprofit is sharing his inspirational message of how we might all strive to live by our better angels. Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford is now available to be booked as speaker through the Macmillan Speakers Bureau.
Reckford's career, from business executive to church pastor, to head of one of the nation's largest nonprofits, gives him a unique perspective on the challenges facing our society and our ability to address them. Ahead of the release of his new book, Our Better Angels, Reckford joins Macmillan to share moving stories from his work with Habitat for Humanity, and describe the seven timeless virtues that he believes can change the world. His speaking topics include activism and social justice; business and management; culture and society; leadership; and religion and faith.
Reckford recently delivered the keynote address at the University of North Carolina's spring 2019 commencement.
Reckford is donating his speaking fees as well as the proceeds from the sale of Our Better Angels directly to Habitat for Humanity to further support its work in the United States and around the world.
For more information or to request Reckford as a speaker, visit macmillanspeakers.com/speaker/jonathan-reckford.
Our Better Angels is on sale Oct. 8 and is published by St. Martin's Essentials. For more information or to purchase the book, visit habitat.org/betterangels.
ABOUT JONATHAN RECKFORD
Jonathan Reckford has served as chief executive officer for Habitat for Humanity International since 2005. Under his leadership, the global housing organization has grown from serving 125,000 individuals per year to more than 8.7 million people in 2018 alone. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Reckford earned his MBA from Stanford and went on to managerial positions at various Fortune 500 companies. Reckford also served as executive pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina, Minnesota. In 2017, Reckford was named Influencer of the Year by The NonProfit Times.
ABOUT OUR BETTER ANGELS
During his time as CEO of the leading global housing nonprofit, Reckford has seen firsthand how simple acts have the power to change lives around the world. In Our Better Angels Reckford presents seven timeless virtues—kindness, community, empowerment, joy, respect, generosity and service—and shows how we can practice them to inspire hope and change within people and their communities. The stories in Our Better Angels will resonate with readers across a wide spectrum of readers who are yearning for compassion and community in a time of division and divisiveness.
"In a world that is divided and disconnected—where so many are struggling with problems seen and unseen—these virtues answer the question of what we owe each other," Reckford said. "This book helps readers find their own better angels and then go out to make their neighborhood, community or workplace a brighter place."
Our Better Angels was inspired by an essay written by Jimmy Carter following Hurricane Harvey in which the former president called on us to seek out our better angels in turbulent times. President Carter provides a moving foreword to the book.
"Rosalynn and I have always believed in doing whatever we can for as long as we can to help those around us and to change this world for the better," President Carter wrote. "One of the ways we've been able to do that most consistently has been through our involvement with Habitat for Humanity. This book is full of the kind of transformative stories that we've seen again and again in our more than thirty-five years of building with them around the world."
ABOUT MACMILLAN SPEAKERS BUREAU
Macmillan Speakers is a division of Macmillan Publishers, a global media company. They are dedicated to bringing talented authors to audiences across the globe, and working with meeting planners to ensure captivating events. Macmillan Speakers is at the hub of one of the world's great publishing houses, and has access to some of the most fascinating thought leaders in the marketplace, from bestselling novelists and historians to politicians, business leaders, and more.
ABOUT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S., and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.
SOURCE Macmillan Speakers Bureau; Habitat for Humanity International