Recently I attended the 40 Under Forty ceremony held by the Worcester Business Journal. This annual event recognizes young achievers who have chosen to lead their successful lives in the city and its surrounding towns. This year’s honorees have come—sometimes to study first at area colleges and universities—from as far away as Ghana, Brazil, and Albania.
They have all brought their talents to a wide range of endeavors, from starting their own companies to working for area healthcare organizations to excelling at banks and other area businesses.
Since Nichols is a presenting sponsor of this event every year, I had the chance to speak to the winners. “Your professional accomplishments are truly impressive, but the extent that you give back is remarkable,” I said. “The Worcester Animal Rescue League, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Rise Above Foundation, and the dozens of other volunteer commitments you have listed have benefited from your caring and compassion.”
The success of this year’s 40 is testimony to the attraction of central Massachusetts and the urban culture of Worcester. These recipients exemplify the advantages of becoming leaders early in their careers. That pathway is familiar to Nichols because of the extended leadership training we provide to our students, a number of whom have joined the 40 winners of past years.
It’s a favorite time of year when I can see Worcester thriving through the accomplishments and participation of a dynamic, young generation—and to know that our commitment to teaching leadership can contribute.