Volunteer Leadership at Northeastern allows students, alumni, and friends to experience first hand the products of their hard work and dedication. Here is an inside look at volunteer leadership, and the people who empower by example.
May 15, 2014
University Advancement and Human Resource Management were happy to host 38 graduates of the Leadership Development Program* on Thursday, May 15th. As part of the Vantage Point program, the luncheon featured Corporators John Burke, BHS’73, and Mark Vachon, DMSB’82 (pictured) as guest alumni industry experts who facilitated a discussion around leading innovation and change, one of the core competencies of Northeastern’s leadership model.
Focusing on case examples from NBC Universal, Staples, GE Ecomagination and GE Health Care the participants reflected on the challenges and opportunities that evolving industries face. Guests in attendance were graduates of the LDP program sponsored by the Training and Development department in Human Resource Management.
March 26, 2014
NEXPO featured about 50 ventures at the semi-annual celebration of entrepreneurs. The event is sponsored by IDEA, Northeastern’s student-run venture accelerator, which provides students and alumni with a range of resources—mentorship and coaching, gap funding, and connections to investors, to name a few—to help turn their entrepreneurial ideas into thriving businesses.
A VIP Reception hosted in advance of NEXPO featured Head Coach of IDEA, Ben Preston, along with the winner of the spring 2013 Husky Startup Challenge’s audience favorite award, CoffeeBar. Co-founders Johnny Fayad and Ali Kothari (both DMSB’17) provided samples of the company’s mocha latte bar. It’s an all-natural, vegan, gluten-free bar that contains a shot of espresso.
During the reception, IDEA Board Member, James Bourdon, DMSB’73 and CEO and Founder of Accounting Management Solutions, Inc. expressed, “For a long time, I was thinking about reengaging at Northeastern, eventually and I found myself speaking to Dan McCarthy who asked that I consider becoming involved in IDEA. Since being introduced to IDEA, I’ve become an active mentor, Board of Advisors member and donor to the program. It’s been a great experience and it’s an outstanding program for our students and alumni.”
Global Entrepreneurship Week
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Hosted by the Health Sciences Entrepreneurs and IDEA program , “The Power of Mentoring” highlighted the valuable effects mentoring has for entrepreneurship both from the mentor’s side and the ventures experiences. The audience consisted of alumni, faculty, students and friends who were interested in learning about the many mentorship opportunities Northeastern has to offer. A special Keynote Address was given by Bradley Waugh, CEO and President Tunstall Americas and the event was moderated by Terry Fulmer, Dean of Bouvé College of Health Sciences and three Northeastern Ventures and Mentors shared their collective experiences. The Mentor/Venture teams included Thomas Olsen E ’11 founder of Zephyr Energy with mentor Bret Siarkowski E ’87, Ben Maitland-Lewis Co-Founders of Presskit.to and mentor Greg Dalle-Molle DMSB ’05 and Eugene Khazan E ’01 Co-Founder of CleriCare and mentor Christopher Ford, DMSB ’73. It was a great evening of networking and yield much excitement about the many mentorship opportunities at Northeastern. For more information about mentoring or the Health Sciences Entrepreneurs please visit www.neu.edu/hse
Women Who Inspire
October 16, 2013
The Women Who Inspire series is an initiative designed to promote the advancement of women in engineering, technology, science, and sustainability. Wednesday’s event—attended by about 80 Northeastern students, faculty, and staff, as well as professionals from the biotech and pharmaceutical fields—took place in Cambridge at Biogen Idec, a biotech firm that manufactures a drug for multiple sclerosis treatment and conducts research on respiratory diseases and congestive heart failure. Karen Weintraub, a health and science journalist and former editor at The Boston Globe, moderated the 80-minute discussion, which ranged from self-promotion in the workplace to the importance of career mentors, whom Zohar characterized as “people who make you feel like you can do anything.”
Dr. Rosana Kapeller, chief scientific officer at the biotech firm Nimbus Discovery, and Daphne Zohar, a 1992 Northeastern graduate with a bachelor of science in business administration who is a managing partner at PureTech Ventures, a venture capital firm.
Dr. Joanna Horobin, chief medical officer at Verastem, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company.
Daphne Zohar, managing partner at PureTech Ventures and a Northeastern University alumna.
“You actually have to spend time thinking about your failures because we learn so much from them,” explained Dr. Horobin, “I think if we gloss over them and think about moving on to the next project too quickly, there is a richness of understanding there that we leave behind.” – See more at: “You actually have to spend time thinking about your failures because we learn so much from them,” explained Dr. Joanna Horobin, chief medical officer at Verastem, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. “I think if we gloss over them and think about moving on to the next project too quickly, there is a richness of understanding there that we leave behind.” – See more at: http://www.northeastern.edu/news/2013/10/women-who-inspire-2
Arnold S. Goldstein, P’61, PhD’9o Simulation Laboratories Suite Dedication and Reception
September 19, 2013
Bouvé College of Health Sciences graduates, faculty and friends gathered on September 19, 2013 to honor, Arnold S. Goldstein, P’61, PhD’90. Goldstein, who passed away in 2010, was a professor of pharmacy at Northeastern and had served as acting dean in what was then the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions. Arnold’s wife, Marlene Goldstein invested $2 million to name the new simulation laboratories suite in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences in his memory.
“Arnold loved academia and his thirst for knowledge was unquenchable,” said Marlene Goldstein. “Our gift to Northeastern University will hopefully make a difference in the future, one that lasts longer than our lifetimes. Arnold would be so delighted and very proud to see it at work.”
By educating students in techniques designed to ensure patient safety, improve outcomes and prevent medical errors, the Arnold S. Goldstein Simulation Laboratories Suite will have a significant impact on the next generation of healthcare providers and bolster national efforts in health education, research and service.
“Arny Goldstein was a farsighted innovator who recognized the value of experiential education,” said Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern University. “With this transformative investment, Marlene is solidifying the legacy of his pioneering spirit and is strengthening the Bouvé College of Health Sciences as a national leader in patient safety and health- care quality.”
The Goldstein Suite will facilitate health care instruction, utilizing computer- driven mannequins and lifelike models, and will allow faculty and students to replicate clinical symptoms and modulate realistic human responses. By practicing hands- on skills such as starting intravenous lines, resuscitation, and administering anesthesia, students will acquire the training necessary to work as part of a strong health- care team, in settings ranging from emergency rooms to home care.
“Arny had a long history with Bouvé and he remained dedicated to our students throughout his lifetime,” said Stephen Zoloth, former dean of Bouvé. “His passion for teaching and innovation was unparalleled, and thanks to Arny and Marlene the college will offer one of the most advanced clinical simulation environments in the nation.”
Goldstein, who ultimately pursued a career in law, founded Arnold S. Goldstein and Associates, LLC, and was a managing partner at Presser & Goldstein, LLC. In addition to being an accomplished legal author and speaker, he was an inaugural member of Northeastern’s Health Sciences Entrepreneurs program and regularly led student workshops on campus.
“In naming the Goldstein Simulation Laboratories Suite, Marlene is celebrating Arny’s dynamic personality and honoring the value he placed on education,” said Diane MacGillivray, senior vice president for university advancement. “Future generations of Northeastern students and faculty will learn about Arny and be inspired by his tireless enthusiasm for learning and knowledge.”
“Arnold was a great humanitarian,” said Marlene Goldstein. “One of his greatest aspirations was to have the opportunity in his lifetime to better people’s lives.”
Jacob Wirth Restaurant
Thursday, September 12, 2013
School of Law graduates, faculty and friends gathered on September 12, 2013, to honor William “Mo” Cowan ’94, who served as US Senator from Massachusetts during the first half of 2013. The event was hosted by Trustee Emeritus Kevin Fitzgerald ’77 at Jacob Wirth, the legendary Boston restaurant owned by Mr. Fitzgerald.
“I always make a point of emphasizing my good fortune in attending Northeastern University School of Law and how the many people, past and present, in the institution opened my eyes to the value of public service and provided me the skills to not only become a lawyer but also a useful public servant,” Cowan told more than 100 guests. “Northeastern is where I grew up academically and socially, and where I really began to develop my sense of self and lessons that would help me become not only true professional but a better man.”
“I was honored to be able to do something for Mo, who has done so much for others,” said Fitzgerald, who got to know Cowan several years ago when they worked together on a fundraising campaign for the law school.
Those who attended the event were invited to make a donation to the law school’s Fund for the Public Interest. “When we contribute to the Fund, as we are doing tonight, we empower the law school to be that exemplar of what a law school and her alumni can and should be: powerful agents of agitation and change who, above all else, use their talents to ensure justice is available to all and work tirelessly to ensure inequality harms none,” said Cowan.
The College of Professional Studies Scholarship Celebration
August 27, 2013
The Annual Scholarship celebration for the College of Professional Studies gathered scholarship recipients and donors together for an evening to congratulate the students on their accomplishments and thank the donors for the difference they make in the lives of students. Donors were able to meet the students benefiting from their philanthropic support, and students expressed their thanks and shared how receiving a scholarship will allow them to achieve a degree and become one step closer to realizing their goals. Alumnus Allan Ditchfield ’68 hosted the evening’s ceremonies; he shared with the students the importance of hard work and gave his tips on how to be successful. Allan introduced the two guest speakers, current recipient and junior Erica Roche, and past recipient and alumna Cheryl McCormick ’09, both shared stories of overcoming obstacles to achieve an education. As full time workers and mothers, Roche and McCormick were incredibly honored and grateful for their awards, and explained the great financial burdens that were lifted through financial support.
Professor Herb Itzkowitz, a participant that evening shared his thoughts on giving back through philanthropy:
“As a member of the faculty, I taught evening courses over the years. Seeing the various circumstances of student financial need, I was inspired to help. At the start of each of my classes I made it a point to inform the class of available scholarships. It is wonderful to have the opportunity to move someone’s life forward and I enjoy being part of an effort to make it easier for the next generation. I can’t do it for everyone but if I can help at least one person that is my goal. I serve the University through my philanthropy as had it not been for Northeastern, I may have not had the same opportunities in life.”
The D’Amore-McKim School of Business Golf Outing on the Cape
August 20, 2013
The D’Amore McKim School of Business alumni leaders, Bill Casey, DMSB’68, Ted English, DMSB’76 and Billy Cotter, LA’73 hosted Dean Courtney and members of the Dean’s Executive Council at the Golf Club of Cape Cod on Tuesday, August 20th 2013. An annual tradition, this meeting on the green is an opportunity for a small group of engaged and newly engaged volunteers to get to know each other better and to discuss the kind of relationship they have with the University and the D’Amore-McKim School of Business.
On asked why he hosts this annual golf outing, Trustee William “Billy” Cotter shared, “Engaging alumni support for the business school in a format that is both fun and productive is our goal. It is my pleasure to host a day where invited academic leaders, coaches, fundraisers, donors and alumni and parent volunteers can deepen their business relationships while strengthening Northeastern friendships.”
Trustee Bill Casey stated, “It is very important for alumni to get back involved in any capacity that they love to do. The University, under team leadership, is outstanding! All alumni should be involved to see the progress. One of the projects I’ve worked on for the last five years is this annual golf outing where we honor alumni. It gives us an opportunity to hear from several Deans and members of the board of trustees while being a good way to express our gratitude to the leadership of Northeastern.
As many will hear me say, or sing, “We’re doing alright, we’re getting good grades, as Northeastern alumni the future is so bright, we gotta wear shades.”