Their backgrounds and circumstances couldn't have been more different. Bob survived the foster care system in New York. Willie grew up in a loving household headed by a single mother in Boston. Bob graduated from high school and entered the newspaper business as an office boy. Willie graduated from high school and joined the Boston Police Department as a police cadet. Both rose the ranks through hard work and through building relationships with others.
Bob was white. Willie is black. Both define what success looks like in black and white.
Bob Danzig rose to become the CEO of Hearst Publications. He just died yesterday. Willie/William Gross just became the first African American Police Commissioner in the history of Boston.
Today we'll trace their origins and see why leadership still matters in the hustle bustle of our society.