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Harris Appointed LeadBoston Moderator

Cheryl Harris, LeadBoston 2012 Moderator

Cheryl Harris, New LeadBoston Moderator

 

YWCA Boston announced today the appointment of Cheryl Harris as moderator of LeadBoston, a well-regarded, year-long executive leadership development program focused on social responsibility.

Harris, a seasoned consultant, executive coach, manager and facilitator brings more than 25 years of diverse business experience to her new consulting role.   She works with public, private and non-profit executives who seek to make systemic change to their organizations and/or their constituents.

Her clients have included Pfizer Corporation, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, Greater Lynn Senior Services, The Family Center of Somerville and The Patrick Lyndon School.

“We’re delighted to have Cheryl part of the YWCA Boston team as it re-launches LeadBoston,” says YWCA Boston President Sylvia Ferrell-Jones. “Cheryl is well-known in Boston for modeling a measured and holistic approach to social change that allows people to rethink constructs and become more aware of the intended and unintended impact of their leadership approach and decisions.”

Harris is an ideal fit, according to LeadBoston alums who have worked with her. “Cheryl’s work with my department was transformational,” says Christy Egun, LB ’10 and Director of Boston Partnerships at MGH’s Center for Community Health Improvement. “Her leadership training helped us come together and make critical improvements to our community efforts.”

Michael James, LB’09 and newly appointed director of diversity at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, is ecstatic about Harris’s new role with LeadBoston. “Cheryl has been a great professional resource for me over the years. LeadBoston 2012 class members will greatly benefit from her facilitation, training and coaching.”

Prior to establishing her own consulting firm, Cheryl Harris & Associates, Inc.,  Harris was a Managing Partner of Ibis Consulting Group, Inc.; Director of Human Resources at Executive Perspectives in Boston, MA; and Director of Operations, Director of Customer Service and Human Resources Manager at Delta Dental Plan of MA.

A certified life coach and conflict mediator, Harris  is also an ordained Baptist minister.  She is a co-author of YWCA Boston’s interracial Community Dialogues curriculum. Harris also holds a BA from Emmanuel College and a Master of Divinity Degree from Boston University. She is a lifelong Bostonian.

Now in its 21st year, LeadBoston launches a 6-month program in January 2012. Applications from mid-to-senior level executives in the corporate, government and non-profit sectors are now being accepted. For more information, please click here, or contact LeadBoston Coordinator Janeen Smith at 617-5431 or leadboston@ywcaboston.org.

HUMAN DIVERSITY CHAIN TO SPAN FORT POINT CHANNEL

Friday, April 29, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Start at 253 Summer Street

Nearly 250,000 people across the country support national day to promote diversity and equality

WHAT: 400-Person Human Chain Across Forth Point Channel to draw attention to national Stand Against Racism Day (www.ywcaboston.org/stand-against-racism )

WH0: Neighborhood Health Plan, YWCA Boston and other Fort Point Channel tenants and residents Stand Against Racism Day.

WHERE: Beginning at 253 Summer Street, Boston, across Summer St. and Congress Street Bridges

WHEN: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2011

WHY: Fun event for you, for media excellent photo and video shot, contrasting with Boston’s stereotype of a racist city. Draws attention to 39% rise in the city's race and ethnicity-based hate crimes, desire of citizens to create more welcoming city

JOIN HUMAN DIVERSITY CHAIN ACROSS FORT POINT CHANNEL

Today, Friday April 30, 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Start at 253 Summer Street

Nearly 250,000 people across the country
support national day to promote diversity and equality

WHAT: 400-Person Human Chain Across Forth Point Channel to draw attention to national Stand Against Racism Day (www.ywcaboston.org/stand-against-racism )

WH0: Neighborhood Health Plan, YWCA Boston and other Fort Point Channel tenants and residents Stand Against Racism Day.

WHERE: Beginning at 253 Summer Street, Boston, across Summer St. and Congress Street Bridges

WHEN: 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

WHY: Fun event for you, for media excellent photo and video shot, contrasting with Boston stereotype of a racist city. Draws attention to 39% rise in the city's race and ethnicity-based hate crimes, desire of citizens to create more welcoming city

 


NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH PLAN TAKES LEAD IN FORMING HUMAN CHAIN DURING YWCA's APRIL 30 STAND AGAINST RACISM

BOSTON - Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP) today announced its participation in the YWCA's National Stand Against Racism day on April 30, 2010. To call out attention to the project, NHP employees are joining with several other local organizations to form a human chain around the Summer Street and Congress Sreet bridges in Boston's Fort Point Channel area, with signage relating to the event. More than 300 people are expected to participate in the chain. The national civic engagement project will raise awareness that racism still exists in our communities and that it should not be ignored or tolerated.

"Supporting and celebrating diversity in our communities is at the very essence of the mission of Neighborhood Health Plan in seving the health care needs of culturally diverse and vulnerable populations across our State," said Deborah C. Enos, president and CEO of NHP. "This event places a spotlight on the fact that there remains a critical need to create more meaningful dialogue around the issu of racism in our country. Today, we join YWCA Boston in calling out to those millions of like‐minded people supporting tolerance and justice to take action against racism through their everyday lives and relations."

In Boston alone, racially and ethnically motivated crimes have risen 39% over the last three years, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation crime statistics. Nationally, the number of hate groups that promote racism has grown 54% in the last eight years. This type of violence and negativity directly impacts the health and well‐being of the victims of racism and their families.

In response, NHP has joined with the national day's local sponsor, YWCA Boston, and more than 2,000 other organizations nationwide to promote the April 30 Stand Against Racism to combat the spread of hate and intolerance, and to honor and celebrate the richness of diversity. The YWCA expects that more than 250,000 people will participate nationwide.

"We are delighted to have Neighborhood Health Plan take a lead role in our 2010 Stand Against Racism," said YWCA Boston President & CEO Sylvia Ferrell‐Jones. "NHP has been an amazing partner and advocate for our work to empower women and eliminate racism," said Jones, citing NHP's sponsorship of the organization's annual Woman to Woman health education campaign.

In 2009, the program attracted over 300 partnering organizations that became participating sites by hosting local "stands." Over 30,000 individuals took a stand against racism by attending a participating sites' event and sending a strong message. Participants ranged from school‐age children to elected officials, executives of large corporations, church leaders, and others.

For more details, please visit www.StandAgainstRacism.org. For local information, please visit YWCA Boston's Stand page or contact YWCA Boston at (617) 585‐5423 or dialogues@ywcaboston.org.

Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP) is a not‐for‐profit health insurer serving more than 200,000 members across Massachusetts, offering a wide array of competitive Medicaid and commercial products. Working in partnership with community health centers and other community‐responsive providers, NHP focuses on offering members access to care from over 2,800 primary care physicians and over 10,400 specialists in over 300primary care locations throughout Massachusetts. Central to Neighborhood Health Plan's mission, we place special emphasis on serving culturally diverse, traditionally underserved, and vulnerable populations. For more information, visit www.nhp.org.
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