NFP Leaders head to Harvard
25 June 2014 at 3:55 pm
Two Australian Not for Profit leaders are heading to Harvard Business School after each receiving $10,000 scholarships from the Harvard Club of Australia.
Maree Sidey, General Manager of the Australian Drug Foundation’s Good Sport program, and Professor David Mackey, Managing Director of the Lions Eye Institute in Western Australia, will attend the six-day Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management course in July at the the Harvard Business School.
The scholarship covers the fees, accommodation and flights to attend the course.
Ted Blamey, Chairman of Nonprofit Programs for the Harvard Club of Australia, said the the organisation sends two Australians every year to the landmark course for senior Not for Profit executives.
“We created the Nonprofit Fellowship program in 2001 with three aims, all of which we hold to today: enhance leadership and performance in the Australian nonprofit sector; assist leaders to examine their missions, develop new strategies and improve effectiveness; bring leverage to the community as a whole,” he said.
“Harvard Business School has achieved global leadership not just for its graduate and executive education in business but also for its Social Enterprise Initiative from which this course springs.”
Maree Sidey said being awarded the fellowship to attend the coveted leadership development course was a great pleasure and honour.
“I thank the Harvard Club for this wonderful opportunity, and for providing those of us who work in the Not for Profit sector with the means to attend and learn from the 140 similar leaders from around the globe who’ll be there,” she said.
Prof David Mackey said in addition to improving the health of the nation, the Not for Profit medical research sector was underpinning the rapidly growing biotechnology sector.
“Scientists and medical practitioners usually have limited training in corporate governance and management – thus scholarships like this from the Harvard Club of Australia are not only of value to the Not for Profit CEO, but also stress to their organisations the importance of training in good governance, management and strategy,” he said.