Vikki Pryor, principal of Change Create Transform, a thought leadership company which helps driven companies achieve results, will speak at an event hosted by the Catherine T. MacArthur School of Leadership at Palm Beach Atlantic University and the PBA Alumni Association at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the DeSantis Family Chapel, 300 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.
Pryor will speak on “Evolving Leadership: The Nexus between the Common Good and Individual Self-Interest.” The presentation is free and open to the public. The lecture is part of the MacArthur Leadership Speaker Series.
Pryor has held senior leadership positions with Oxford Health Plan, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Allstate and the Department of Treasury. She founded Change Create Transform to provide businesses and individuals a fresh approach to thought leadership, problem-solving and idea generation. She oversees all aspects of the business from internal organization, including strategy and vision to awareness, business development and partnership generation.
Her 30 years of experience in health care, insurance, marketing, operations, technology and branding provide her with unparalleled business acumen and access to the world’s leading experts on the foremost current topics globally. She is a frequent and sought after speaker whose engagements range from subjects relating to: women’s empowerment, ethics, leadership, corporate governance and financial empowerment.
In addition to 20 years of senior executive experience, including 11 years as a CEO of a mid-sized life insurance company, Pryor holds a J.D. and M.B.A. and is a certified CPA. She also serves on several boards and has been heavily involved in philanthropic efforts in communities across the country.
Most recently, she was the CEO of the American Red Cross in Greater New York. She was the first African-American to lead a national insurance company, SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Company. In 2009, she was named one of the 50 most powerful women in New York by Crain’s New York Business magazine.
Also during the event, the Jerms McGraw Second Chance Scholarship will be presented to two PBA students. The scholarship was created in memory of U.S. Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Jeremiah McGraw. Known by his nickname “Jerms,” Lt. McGraw was a student in the MacArthur School of Leadership while serving as a Marine reservist, part of the 4th ANGLICO unit in West Palm Beach.
Lt. McGraw died on Sept. 10, 2009, during a training exercise in Central Florida while serving his country. He was 22. Prior to his death, Lt. McGraw earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from PBA.