Inbox [March 30]: TEDx event tomorrow; Ascentria names EVP; Gengel to deliver Assumption business ethics lecture; Leadership Worcester nominations

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TedXTEDxWorcester event 5:30 tomorrow at Nativity School

The Worcester Education Collaborative will present TEDxWorcester 2016 at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, March 31, at the Nativity School of Worcester, 67 Lincoln St.

Designed to showcase the ideas and talents of the Worcester community in engaging 12-minute presentations, TEDxWorcester features a diverse lineup of speakers exploring the topic of cultivation.

The presenters will be Thomas Del Prete, chair of the Department of Education and director of the Adam Institute at Clark University; Dr. Matilde (Mattie) Castiel, director of Health and Human Services, city of Worcester; Gloria Hall, arts, historic preservation researcher and interpreter; and Kent Flowers, founder, Technocopia and president, Neuron Robotics.


Timothy Johnston

Courtesy of Ascentria Care Alliance

Timothy Johnstone is the new executive vice president at Ascentria Care Alliance.

Ascentria names Timothy Johnstone to leadership post

Ascentria Care Alliance, one of the largest human service nonprofits in New England, announced the addition of Tim Johnstone as executive vice president. He joined the organization on Feb. 1 and leads its Community Services division of programs throughout New England.

Angela Bovill, president and CEO of Ascentria, said: “We are excited about the contributions Tim will make. He has a great leadership background in both the for-profit and nonprofit worlds, including anti-poverty projects. He will help us fulfill our promise to ‘empower people and strengthen communities’ with rigorous measurement of our programs.”

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Len Gengel

Courtesy Assumption College

Len Gengel will deliver Assumption College’s annual business ethics lecture on Monday, April 4.

Len Gengel, Be Like Brit co-founder, to deliver Assumption’s annual business ethics lecture

On Monday, April 4, Assumption College will welcome Len Gengel, co-founder of Be Like Brit, for the annual Business Ethics Lecture sponsored by the college’s MBA Program. During his talk (7 p.m., La Maison Auditorium, on campus, 500 Salisbury St.) Gengel will discuss the challenges of operating a nonprofit organization in one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere: Haiti.

Len and Cherylann Gengel founded the Be Like Brit Foundation and Brit’s Orphanage to honor the memory of their daughter, Britney, who was killed in a 2010 earthquake that devastated the island nation. “The 19,000-square-foot, earthquake-proof orphanage shaped in the letter B for Brit, stands strong as a beacon of hope for the children of Haiti. Today, there are 66 beautiful children living and thriving at the Be Like Brit Orphanage in Grand Goave.”

Read the Assumption release here

leadership-worcester-logo-websitev2Leadership Worcester accepting nominations for 2016 class

Do you or someone you know have leadership potential, a willingness to collaborate, and a desire to be part of change in your organization and the community? Please consider applying for or recommending a candidate for this leadership development program.

Leadership Worcester engages promising new professionals in the region’s civic life. Leadership Worcester works with a strong network of community partners to build personal and community success.

As the center for commerce and education with a growing innovation industry, Worcester is an ideal place to begin and build a career.


— Cindy Henderson

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