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The Harvard Business School Club of Philadelphia announces 2013 Scholarship Recipients
The Social Enterprise Initiative of the Harvard Business School Club of Philadelphia (HBSCP) has awarded scholarships to four local nonprofit executives to attend the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management at the Harvard Business School this summer.
This year’s recipients are: Farah Jimenez, President and CEO of People’s Emergency Center of Philadelphia, Katie Newsom Pastuszek, Executive Director of Philadelphia Outward Bound Center, Paul Redman, Director of Longwood Gardens and John Rowe, Executive Director of the Utility Emergency Services Fund.
As a student some twenty years ago at the University of Pennsylvania, Farah Jimenez discovered her passion for homeless services and community development. At that time, Ms. Jimenez volunteered to lead the University City Hospitality Coalition (UCHC), a full-time, volunteer-led program in West Philadelphia that served 2,800 family-style meals a month to homeless or low-income individuals and families. This volunteer experience opened the doors to Ms. Jimenez’ life-long career in the field of community development. In 2010, Ms. Jimenez returned to West Philadelphia to serve as President and CEO of the People’s Emergency Center – a comprehensive social services agency that serves homeless families through a range of housing, case management and counseling services. Before arriving at PEC, Ms. Jimenez spent 13 years at the helm of Mt. Airy USA, a nonprofit real estate development corporation in Philadelphia's historic Mt. Airy neighborhood. In 2006, President Bush appointed Jimenez to a five-year term on the Community Development Advisory Board of the U.S. Treasury Department's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. Active locally, Ms. Jimenez serves as a trustee of La Salle University, on the board of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and as a member of the grant making services committee of the Philadelphia Foundation.
Since 2006, Paul Redman has been director of Longwood Gardens, located in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and considered to be one of the world’s premier horticultural display gardens. He oversees all aspects of the 1,050 acre site, including its 400 full and part-time employees, more than 800 volunteers and $50 million annual budget. In addition to his duties at Longwood, Paul is President of the Board of Directors for the American Public Garden Association and serves on the Chester County Chamber of Commerce Business & Industry and Greater Philadelphia Gardens Collaborative. Paul has been working and studying in the field of public horticulture more than 20 years; prior to joining Longwood, he was executive director of Franklin Park Conservatory in Ohio. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Horticulture from Oklahoma State University.
As the Executive Director, Katie Newsom Pastuszek leads a full-time staff of 8 with more than 30 instructors, and oversees the now independently chartered Philadelphia Outward Bound School which annually serves more than 4,200 students, teachers, business leaders and community members from across the greater Philadelphia region, and the states of NJ and PA. Katie’s career began in Philadelphia with 10 years of non-profit management experience at the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia. In 1997, Katie joined the Advisory Board of the newly-formed Philadelphia Friends of Outward Bound, then part of the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School (HIOBS). In 1999, she became the Program Director (and only staff member) of the fledgling Philadelphia Outward Bound School. Working in collaboration with Outward Bound Baltimore and other Outward Bound Schools nationwide, Katie has led the expansion of today’s Philadelphia Outward Bound School together with a dedicated Board of Trustees.
With extensive experience in the areas of addressing poverty and achieving self-sufficiency, including energy, housing, homelessness, tenants' rights and welfare reform, John Rowe became Executive Director of the Utility Emergency Services Fund in 2007. UESF began in 1983 to provide assistance to the low-income households in Philadelphia that face the potentially fatal problem of utility termination. Since then the Utility Emergency Services Fund (UESF) has provided over $65 million of utility assistance to over 150,000 families. Every dollar provided through their Utility Grant Program is matched by PECO, The Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW), or the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD). Focusing on the need for utility assistance as part of a larger housing stabilization issue, UESF has recently expanded its scope to assist vulnerable families with rent, mortgage and security deposits as well as provide ongoing self-sufficiency training to help families preserve their housing. UESF today is a $5.8 million non-profit organization that empowers families to address the root causes of their utility and housing crisis.
The Harvard Business School Club of Philadelphia Social Enterprise Initiative began in 1993. The Social Enterprise Initiative focuses on executive education – finance, operations, marketing and strategy – of the Philadelphia Region’s nonprofit leaders. In 2001, the HBSCP began sponsoring and sending nonprofit CEO’s to the Harvard Business School’s one-week nonprofit management course. The HBSCP, one of the oldest alumni organizations in the country, represents more than 1,100 HBS alumni in the greater Philadelphia region. Including recipients for 2013, the HBSCP has awarded 26 scholarships.
Previously recipients include:
The success of the scholarship program has led to an annual local conference focused on nonprofit leadership development, currently in tenth year, with this year’s conference to be held November 18, 2013 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia. Approximately 60 local nonprofit leaders are specially invited to attend the conference. In addition to HBSCP and alumni funding, support of the Social Enterprise Initiative comes from leading corporations and foundations based in the region, including Comcast, The Philadelphia Foundation, William Penn Foundation, United Way of Southeastern PA, TL Ventures, SEI, and an investment management firm that wishes to remain anonymous.