One of my favorite moments at the beginning of the fall term occurs off campus when I attend the annual 40 Under Forty awards presented by the Worcester Business Journal. This event recognizes the extraordinary careers of Worcester-area men and women who are still in their 30’s and younger.
This year—on September 14th—was no exception as a stream of young entrepreneurs, business executives, and organizational leaders crossed the stage to receive their certificates. The word “leader” has special resonance to us here at Nichols. From our required Lead 101 freshman course and Emerging Leaders program to our highly regarded Institute for Women’s Leadership and our tagline Learn. Lead. Succeed., learning leadership is front and center.
What also continues to strike me at the 40 Under Forty gathering is the number of talented individuals — whether they hail from Worcester or from as far away as Albania, Laos, and Ireland this year — who have decided that Worcester feels like home.
Many of our own graduates make successful careers and lives in the Worcester area, including one of this year’s honorees, 37-year-old Rob Cleary. Rob founded his own company ClearCom IT while he was still a senior at Nichols. In the almost 15 years since, he has grown his enterprise from one client with one computer to serving clients nationwide and managing 2,500 computers and mobile devices.
In coming years, you can expect to see more Nichols alumni crossing the stage at the 40 Under Forty celebration.