PBP celebrated the closing and presentations of the 2013-2014 Fellows’ commitment projects as part of The Satell Teen Fellowship for Leadership and Student Activism Program earlier this month. [Read more…]
Eight weeks in Guatemala, living with a host family in a rural village. Not a typical “study abroad” experience, the Uconn Satell Social EIP is an inspiring, empowering and rigorous initiative that sends top US students into third-world areas to develop sustainable local business models and train villagers in entrepreneurial skills.
Established eight years ago through a gift from Alum Ed Satell ‘57 and his company, Progressive Business Publications, the UConn cohort joined students the first year from Duke, Notre Dame and Columbia Universities in the Higher Education consortium founded by Greg Van Kirk. Van Kirk, an Ashoka Lemelson Fellow, Ashoka Globalizer and Schwab Foundation “Social Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012 World Economic Forum, believed that students could first learn then effectively teach his microconsignment model in rural areas.
The consortium has grown dramatically among colleges and universities across the country, and UConn has continued to be invested in making a difference. This year alone the UConn SSE Interns supported 34 village campaigns and worked with 918 beneficiaries.
On Wednesday evening, October 16th, the Interns presented their extensive projects at the Business School Honors Symposium on the Guatemala Program. They told wonderful stories about their host families and the villages. Yara Zoccarato said: “The welcoming and loving nature of the Guatemalans helped restore my faith in humanity. Every student should have this opportunity.” Each spoke about the impact of his or her project, which included training local entrepreneurs in rudimentary eye exams and fitting glasses, teaching village leaders about safe and efficient wood-burning cook stoves, water purification systems and more.
The Interns also shared their personal reflections on their program. “I will continue to learn from my time in Guatemala and I am able to see its impact on my life every day.” Stated Nicole Simonsen. Varun Khattar shared the inspiring story of a special teacher whose dedication and courage were exceptional: “Beyond my richer global awareness and stronger Spanish skills, I gained a greater sense of purpose and direction. I feel empowered to take on this generation’s challenge of poverty and inequality. I’ve been inspired and transformed.”
Ed Satell debriefed the Interns prior to the Symposium. On behalf of Progressive Business Publications, he congratulated them on their achievements during the summer.
On Saturday evening, October 19th, 2013, Regina Black Lennox, Class of ’77 accepted the 2013 Neumann University Distinguished Alumni Award during a gala Homecoming Celebration. Selected from five proposed nominees, Black Lennox was honored for her commitment to Franciscan values, outstanding career and community achievements, and her contributions to Catholic education, the Catholic Church and empowering laity across the county.
She spoke about the many things she learned at Neumann, and thanked her family, teachers, mentors and particularly the Franciscan Sisters of Glen Riddle. Black Lennox stated: “From these dedicated women I learned the vow of obedience is not confining, it’s a commitment to truly living the second commandment. From the Sisters I learned that Faith is a verb, an action to be completed – love, teach, celebrate, trust, empower.”
As consultant, speaker and presenter, since 1989 Black Lennox has worked extensively with Faith communities, institutions and organizations providing strategic planning, facilitation, educational and resource development, staff training, policies analysis, motivational seminars, mediation, and conflict resolution services.
She was a Catholic and private school teacher and administrator for eighteen years in Philadelphia, Delaware and Chester Counties and loved that experience.
Recognizing that Faith communities have similar organizational needs as business and commercial entities but are driven by a unique integral focus on Faith and Spiritual motivation, Black Lennox began her ministry working with Faith-based not-for-profits. Within the Catholic Church she has created a model for the establishment of new parishes; designed and presented clergy, religious and lay seminars; presented training & development programs; produced resource instruments and communication programs; and facilitated numerous parish and school self-studies, closings and consolidations, town hall meetings and more.
In addition Black Lennox has created and presented workshops and programs for clergy, lay ministers and the laity in numerous diocese, seminaries and universities across the country. She serves as retreat master and presenter to Catholic Scout conferences, MOMS and parent organizations.
She also provides consulting services, programs, conferences and seminars for a number of other Faith communities and nondenominational not-for-profits. Some of her best-known presentations and articles include: The Language of Leadership, Ways to Incite & Excite; Stay Proactive—Not Reactive; Communicate to Create; Called, Challenged and Gifted; and Implementing Change Powerfully and Successfully.
Black Lennox currently operates as the Director of Philanthropy for Progressive Business Publications and works for one of the tri-state region’s quietest but most extensive entrepreneurs, business and community leaders, and philanthropists. She manages a significant family foundation & a corporate charitable trust, overseeing more than 35 initiatives focused on disadvantaged children, young people of promise, community and civic organizations, and cancer and energy research.
She serves on a number of advisory councils and has been honored numerous times for her volunteer activities; one of her favorite is the Juliet Light Award from the Girl Scouts USA.
She and her husband Bill, married 36 years and both avid travelers, are the grateful parents of three extraordinary grown daughters and are awaiting their first grandchild.