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Catalina Escobar

Courtesy Clark University

Social entrepreneur Catalina Escobar (Clark University 1993) will speak at Clark’s commencement on May 22. She is pictured here at the Juanfe Foundation in Colombia, which she created and directs.

Colombia healthcare activist to give Clark commencement speech

The 112th Clark University Commencement will be held at noon on Sunday, May 22, on the Jefferson Academic Center Green.

This year’s commencement speaker is Catalina Escobar, founder and director of the Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar Foundation (Juanfe Foundation), which provides healthcare services to the most tragic and disenfranchised communities in Cartagena, Colombia.

Escobar graduated in 1993 from Clark University with a degree in business administration, studies she combined with other academic programs in economics in Europe and Japan. She completed an MBA at the INALDE Business School in Bogota. In 2001, as she built her career in banking and private fields, Escobar created what would become her passion: The Juanfe Foundation. The foundation provides world-class care to populations that are vulnerable to health crises and lack regular access to adequate health care at public hospitals, particularly young mothers, infants and children.

Read the release from Clark University here

WTI LargeWorcester receives $20,000 grant from TD Green Streets to support local urban forestry

Worcester was named a winner of TD Green Streets, a grant program from TD Bank and the Arbor Day Foundation to support innovation in urban forestry. The $20,000 grant will fund projects throughout the city by Worcester Tree Initiative, including training students at Claremont Academy and The Boys & Girls Club, and members of Alternatives Unlimited.

Stewards will be trained in tree-care skills including tree identification, condition assessments, planting and pruning techniques. Trainees will also learn about tree biology, ecology and principles of urban forestry. Participating youth will also help to plant 20 trees in November at athletic fields that are currently being constructed next to the Boys & Girls Club clubhouse.

Read the release from the Worcester Tree Initiative here

The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. Logo. (PRNewsFoto/The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc.)

(PRNewsFoto/The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc.)

The Hanover Insurance Group recognized among ‘America’s Best Employers’

The Hanover Insurance Group Inc. has been selected as one of “America’s Best Employers” for 2015 by Forbes magazine. Forbes says the list is comprised of companies of which both employees and the public have a good perception.

“We are pleased to be recognized by Forbes magazine and our employees as one of the best places to work in our country and within our industry,” said Frederick H. Eppinger, president and chief executive officer at The Hanover. “This honor is particularly important as it reflects how our employees feel about our company. We are proud and grateful that they recognize our commitment to attracting and retaining top talent, employing the best people in our business, and creating an environment where they can develop and enjoy rewarding careers. Being named to the list provides further confirmation that our people are engaged and motivated, focused on serving our customers and our agent partners, and committed to helping our company succeed.”

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ace10th annual African Community Education Spring Festival

The 10th annual African Community Education Spring Festival will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 24 Mulberry St. This year’s event will feature interactive activities with ACE students and staff, drumming with Crocodile River Music, dances performed by ACE students, student speakers, a dinner of African cuisine, and more!

Come immerse yourself in different African cultures, celebrate the successes of ACE students, and join us in commemorating our 10th year!

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