As the president of a college that prides itself on teaching leadership, I look forward to the Worcester Business Journal’s annual 40 Under Forty celebration. This gathering recognizes 40 young men and women in Central and Metro West Massachusetts who have already made a considerable impact through their business and professional careers, as well as through their active community involvement.
This year’s class ranged from Worcester natives to those born in countries ranging from Albania to Nicaragua. As in previous years, I was able to address the honorees, and it was not stretch to tell them, “You are remarkable in so many ways.”
What is as impressive as their individual stories and resumes, is their commitment to organizations and causes that make up the fabric of local society—the ASPCA, Food Banks, Junior Achievement, Canines for Disabled Kids, the Little League, and dozens of other recipients that welcome a continuous flow of caring and compassion.
Kevin Johnson, one of the fabulous 40, graduated from Nichols and kept alive our streak of alumni who have put their education and talents to use in the Worcester area.
What’s even more significant about the 40 Under Forty contingent, is that they represent the wave of millennials who make up the majority of our workforce and on whom the future prospects and values of our society depend. What I saw of these folks gives me a lot of hope.