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The Transformation of Youth

A Conversation with Larry McKenzie

Larry McKenzie is an author, speaker, and six-time high school championship basketball coach in North Minneapolis. Larry connected with Chanda over Zoom to talk about what makes someone an effective leader, how to combat negative narratives in our communities, and the profound impact extracurricular activities have on our youth.

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Larry McKenzie

Larry McKenzie is an experienced leader with demonstrated expertise in motivating and implementing meaningful transformation in private and nonprofit organizations and inspiring individual growth and performance. Larry’s significant experience and expertise in education, including youth program development, charter school compliance, and coaching — combined with his background in developing strategic partnerships, executing successful fundraising and capital campaigns, and leading teams — make him a dynamic and engaging motivational speaker for audiences of corporate executives, nonprofit professionals, students, and any group seeking inspiration to take their performance to the next level.

With his unique blend of purpose and passion and a relentless focus on helping others succeed, Larry has inspired champions on the basketball court, in schools, throughout the community, and in businesses across the Midwest. Currently, he’s the Head Coach for boys basketball at North Community High School in North Minneapolis. He’s also the Charter School Authorizer Liaison at Pillsbury United Communities and the CEO of Coach Seminars & Consulting, LLC.

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