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Leadership Speakers Series » Special Agent In-Charge (Ret.) Bernie Tolbert: Expect Anything

Special Agent In-Charge (Ret.) Bernie Tolbert: Expect Anything

May 22, 2013 - BASCS middle and high school students were visited by Mr. Bernie Tolbert. Students were impressed by Mr. Tolbert’s candid sharing of his difficult early childhood in Buffalo. A graduate of Lafayette High School and UB, Mr. Tolbert shared proudly his strong Buffalo roots.


Students were able to really connect to details of Mr. Tolbert’s upbringing and profound respect for his mother, who was a single-parent. Mr. Tolbert took students on the journey from his college years, to early work experiences to his recent announcement of his candidacy for the seat of City of Buffalo Mayor.


Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Tolbert served as the former Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo FBI Office as well as a former VP in charge of Security for the National Basketball Association (NBA). BASCS students were a captive audience for details of Mr. Tolbert’s experiences.


Throughout his talk, Mr. Tolbert emphasized to students to “expect anything and be ready” because opportunities often arise when you aren't necessarily looking for them.