Organizers are expecting more than 1,000 people for the fall GEARup2LEAD conference at The Whiting Auditorium on Friday, Oct. 2, according to an article on

The conference will feature several speakers, including former Detroit Lion Charlie Batch as this year’s keynote speaker.

“People usually only see the end result, and that’s being a professional football player, but when they start to hear about the journey on some of the paths I had to go down, a lot of people are surprised,” Batch said. “I look at Flint no differently from where I grew up at in Homestead.”

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