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Victorian NFP CEOs Bound for Harvard


Thursday, 14th May 2015 at 11:40 am
Xavier Smerdon
Three CEOs from Victorian Not for Profits have been announced as recipients of an annual fellowship providing funded study at Harvard Business School.

Thursday, 14th May 2015
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Victorian NFP CEOs Bound for Harvard
Thursday, 14th May 2015 at 11:40 am

Three CEOs from Victorian Not for Profits have been announced as recipients of an annual fellowship providing funded study at Harvard Business School.

Carmel Guerra of the Centre for Multicultural Youth, Paul Ronalds of Save the Children and Simon Ruth of the Victorian AIDS Council were awarded places as part of The Harvard Club of Victoria’s Non-Profit Fellowship Program.

The awards will be formally presented at a luncheon on June 2 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the program, which annually sponsors up to three Not for Profit community service sector organisations to attend a week-long course at Harvard Business School.

2015 Fellows will attend a course on Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management in July, taking the total number of fellowships awarded under the scheme since its establishment to 30.

The $12,000 award covers course fees (tuition and case materials, accommodation, and meals), as well as travel to and from Boston, including a side-trip to allow for visits to appropriate Not for Profit organisations in North America.

The Fellowship award also covers a domestic side-trip to enable Fellows to visit North American Not for Profits operating in the same sector as their own organisations.  

The HCV Non-Profit Fellowship Committee previously told Pro Bono Australia News that the program began with a focus on the disability sector and last year broadened the program to include the wider community sector.

The Committee said it had expanded the scope of the program this year with particular focus on the drug and alcohol dependency, children and families, disability, family violence, housing and homelessness, mental health, refugees resettlement and youth affairs areas.

“The feedback from the CEOs has been uniformly excellent and we are confident that the Fellowship provides an outstanding leadership development experience for non-profit leaders. Our aim is to help them make an even bigger impact in the community service sector in future years,” the Committee said.

“This world-renowned program focuses on building participants’ managerial and strategic decision-making skills: skills that are in increasing demand within Australia’s non-profit sector.”

The program is funded by donations from members of the HCV community, together with funds raised through the HCV’s events program.

The three recipients in 2014 included Micaela Cronin of MacKillop Family Services, Dr. Stefan Gruenert of Odyssey House and Tony Keenan of Hanover Welfare Services.

CEOs, or equivalent, of Victorian-based Not for Profit organisations operating within the community service sector and whose organisations have DGR status and an annual revenue of $3 million and above are eligible.


Xavier Smerdon  |  Journalist  |  @XavierSmerdon

Xavier Smerdon is a journalist specialising in the Not for Profit sector. He writes breaking and investigative news articles.


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