J. Douglas Holladay to be Guest Speaker at Easton’s 30th Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

On Friday, October 26, 2012, from 7 to 9 a.m., Easton’s 30th Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be held at the Tidewater Inn in Easton. This year’s breakfast will feature J. Douglas Holladay, co-founder of Park Avenue Equity Partners, as the guest speaker. Holladay’s career has been varied with a blend of public service, finance and business, non-profit work, and more recently, teaching and journalism.

Service has characterized Holladay’s career path causing him to promote change and understanding in settings as diverse as East and South Africa, the White House and on Wall Street. Noted author, Gail Sheehy, in her best seller, “Pathfinders,” described Holladay as an influential layman who “excelled in all that he touched.”

He comments, “The longing for meaning is at its core a spiritual quest. Religion fails to deliver as do other artificial paths to wholeness. The answer is in a person not a system.”

As the co-founder of Park Avenue Equity Partners, a private equity fund, today he continues as an active investor. The main focus of his time, however, is on several important non-profit efforts, including PathNorth, which helps business owners and CEOs define success more broadly; the Buxton Initiative, an interfaith dialogue organization; PlayPumps, which focuses on clean water in Africa, and ABC² (Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure), working to find a cure for brain cancer.

Holladay was formerly a senior officer with the international investment banking firm, Goldman, Sachs and Company, headquartered in New York and held senior positions in both the White House and the Department of State. After working under White House Chief of Staff, James A. Baker III, Mr. Holladay was appointed by the President to the rank of Special Ambassador, charged to coordinate major aspects of the U.S. public response to the challenges posed by South Africa prior to the dramatic release of Nelson Mandela.

He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Oxford University in England, holds an honorary doctorate in law, and has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia and guest lecturer at Williams College.

Tickets to the breakfast may be purchased at Sear’s in Easton, the Easton Town Office, or the Chamber of Commerce beginning on September 12, 2011. The cost is $12 a person and seating is limited. For further information, contact Kathy Ruff at 410-822-2525 or visit the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Facebook Page.

In photo: Pictured is J. Douglas Holladay, guest speaker of the 30th Annual Easton Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. Service has characterized Holladay’s career path causing him to promote change and understanding in settings as diverse as East and South Africa, the White House and on Wall Street. Noted author, Gail Sheehy, in her best seller, “Pathfinders,” described Holladay as an influential layman who “excelled in all that he touched.”

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