July 15, 2015 |
Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is holding its national convention in Philadelphia this week to select a new president and decide advocacy positions. The group, dedicated to women's health issues and supporting elite medical facilities in Israel, has 300,000 members nationally. "We empower women every day to take control of their health," said Patsy Gruenberg, copresident of Hadassah Greater Philadelphia, which represents 10,000 members in the region. About 350 members are attending the convention, which started Monday at the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel and will conclude Wednesday.
May 28, 2015 |
Leaders of the Devon Horse Show pledged Tuesday to raise $8 million and implement a five-year plan to improve the institution's grounds. The plans emerged after a private meeting in which board members of the nonprofit discussed how to make the show more competitive in the equestrian world, chairman Wayne Grafton said. Among the proposed changes are expanded parking, grandstand improvements, and a new corporate and VIP sponsor section, he said. The show will also refinance its mortgage and use the equity to pay for improvements.
May 23, 2015 |
Anuj Gupta landed a new job last Friday as general manager of the Reading Terminal Market, and the gig offers equal helpings of his two loves: public service and food. "It's hard to find a place in Philadelphia, let alone anywhere else, that offers you the quality and diversity of product, and affordability, that the terminal does," Gupta said during a walk-through this week. "It's this magnificent, historic place. People love it. " Gupta, who will start June 15, arrives at a critical juncture for the market, which dates to 1892.
March 30, 2015 |
Two months before thousands should stream into its grandstands, the Devon Horse Show has been on the receiving end of an unlikely question for an event in its 119th year: Will the show go on? Such inquiries stem from more than a year of turmoil at the storied Main Line institution, including the departures of staffers and board members, whiffs of scandal, and a regime change. The nonprofit's new leaders - who came to power just before Christmas - say the upheaval is behind them.
December 20, 2014 |
Fresh off the construction of its gleaming, $100 million building expansion in University City, the Wistar Institute announced Thursday that it had appointed a new leader from within. Russel E. Kaufman, chief executive officer of the independent research institute since 2002, is stepping down in March to be succeeded by cancer biologist Dario C. Altieri. Altieri, 56, who left the University of Massachusetts in 2010 to head Wistar's cancer center and serve as the institute's first chief scientific officer, said that among his goals was the continued recruitment of top-notch faculty.
December 16, 2014 |
It was a quiet victory on a rainy Saturday, the results announced not to a cheering crowd but to a dozen people huddled under a sidewalk awning in North Philadelphia. Rodney Muhammad had been elected the new president of the Philadelphia NAACP, a victory that in past years might have guaranteed public adulation but that now promises mostly hard work. Muhammad, 62, takes over the leadership of a venerable organization torn by internal dissent, assuming local command amid national protest over the police killings of unarmed black men in New York City and Ferguson, Mo. "He's got a big job," said A. Bruce Crawley, a public relations executive who has known Muhammad for more than 20 years.
December 11, 2014
WITH PROFOUND apologies to Clement Clarke Moore . 'Twas the month before New Year with a Wolf in the wings, And Pa. awaited his taxes and things. Republican leaders sat wringing their hands. Oh, what could they do to derail the Wolf's plans? The state of the state? A big fiscal mess. How best to fix it was anyone's guess. The Wolfman was ready, his team really eager, But prospects for GOP help looked so meager. "On Katie," called Wolf, "on Richman, Shapiro.
October 24, 2014 |
The government watchdog group Committee of Seventy has named the son of a former Pennsylvania governor as its new leader. David B. Thornburgh, executive director of the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, will take the helm in December. He replaces former Philadelphia Daily News editor Zack Stalberg, who retired in July after a nine-year run at Seventy. "David checked all of the boxes we were looking for in a CEO," Stephen S. Tang, search committee chair, said Wednesday.
August 21, 2014 |
The Monell Chemical Senses Center, long known for its pioneering work on taste and smell, is getting a new director whose interests extend to other parts of the body. The research institute announced Monday that molecular biologist Robert F. Margolskee would assume the leadership role on Oct. 1, taking over from Gary K. Beauchamp, who is stepping down after 24 years. Margolskee, 59, studies the role of sensory proteins called taste receptors - so named because they were first found in the taste buds, but more recently discovered in the intestines, pancreas, and other organs.
July 25, 2014 |
The Pennsylvania Ballet, once a major national dance company, turned 50 this year and was in need of a makeover. It got an immediate jolt Tuesday when it named Angel Corella its new artistic director, effective in September. Corella, 38, a former principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, is an international star who has performed with every major company around the globe. He's modeled for Rolex watches and appeared in ads for champagne with Gwyneth Paltrow. Most recently, he ran his own company, Corella Ballet Castilla y León, which became the Barcelona Ballet but which has since folded.