The 40 Under Forty Keep On Coming

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.

Welcome Home

Nichols alumni came back last weekend for our annual Homecoming gathering and festivities—including our Golden Bison Reception. This event, one of my favorites, honors those celebrating their 50th reunion. As has become a tradition since 2013, the 50-year reunion class funds an endowed scholarship. The class of 1968 presented me with a check for $54,000! We now have 69 endowed scholarships thanks in large part to the generosity of our alumni.

We also hosted even older graduates. I chatted with an alumnus from the class of 1953 who is still working. He uses our library regularly as he conducts research for his consulting and grant-funded projects.

2018 10 5 Welcome HomeOn the athletic front, it was quite fun on Saturday to see our football team with a big win and scoring over 40 points in two consecutive weeks.

My four grandkids came to Homecoming. The Cheerleading Team allowed my granddaughter Grace to hang out with them, and they even incorporated her into one of their cheers.