June 26, 2016 |
Mary Livingston didn't need to utter a word. As an African American woman, her presence said it all. But she said what she came to say anyway. "We have really transitioned from the look of old, retired white guys," she told her audience one evening in May. Twenty women were participating in a retirement- planning course offered by the Women's Opportunities Resource Center. Livingston was there to explain how her business- mentoring organization, SCORE Philadelphia, was changing - starting with her appointment as its first female leader.
June 23, 2016 |
The Fairmount Park Conservancy has named Rick Magder as its new executive director. Magder's post leading the nonprofit that raises funds for and preserves more than 10,200 acres of city park land is effective Sept. 1. He succeeds Kathryn Ott Lovell, who is now Philadelphia's Parks and Recreation commissioner. Magder has spent the past 16 years as a leader in the Groundwork movement, a network of organizations created by National Park Service and Environmental Protection Agency to focus on the relationships between urban open space, waterways and community renewal, according to the conservancy.
April 9, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney is expected to name Adam Thiel, Virginia's deputy secretary of veterans affairs and homeland security, as the next leader of Philadelphia's Fire Department, according to three sources with knowledge of the choice. Thiel, formerly the fire chief of Alexandria, Va., has worked in fire and emergency services for more than two decades in four states, according to a biography describing his current role in Virginia. He participated in response and recovery efforts for 9/11, Hurricane Gustav, Hurricane Isabel, and multiple blizzards, another online biography said.
March 30, 2016 |
Since 2002, Paul Steck had run Conshohocken-based Saladworks under two outsize personalities, founder John Scardapane and investor Vernon Hill . Steck guided the 100-store chain through last year's bankruptcy reorganization - the only way the company's advisers could see to end the fiscal impasse that had prevented the chain from growing - and its sale to Centre Lane Partners , a New York buyout firm. The battling bosses gone, he kept his title long enough to roll out the new prototype Saladworks store in Newtown Township, Bucks County, over the winter.
February 20, 2016 |
Jon R. Hall, assistant head of school and middle school head at the Montgomery School in Chester Springs, has been tapped to lead Westfield Friends School in Cinnaminson. Hall will become Westfield Friends head of school effective July 1, but will begin participating in the transition immediately. "It is our sincere pleasure to announce that our community has come together with great unity to select Jon Hall to be the next head of Westfield Friends School," said Peter Taylor, clerk of the Westfield Friends school board.
January 7, 2016 |
After a six-month nationwide search, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has selected a new president from Philadelphia's nonprofit and business communities. Matt Rader - who has held leadership roles with the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust and the business improvement district that helped revitalize East Passyunk Avenue - will be the 37th president of the nonprofit that runs the world's largest and oldest indoor flower show. Rader, 37, holds a master's degree in business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
January 7, 2016 |
Embattled state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin tried to install new leaders in Philadelphia's massive court system by pushing his colleagues on the high court to act before three new justices joined the bench this week. Chief Justice Thomas Saylor and two other justices confirmed Tuesday that Eakin had urged them to put new leaders in place last month, but said they rejected his proposal. Eakin's move would have cut the new justices out of a major decision, handing out a political plum right before they took office: oversight of the nation's fifth-largest court system.
January 5, 2016 |
My favorite childhood book, Goodbye, Mr. Chips , tells the story of a beloved British boarding school teacher who taught two generations of boys and watched them grow into men with fame, fortune, and families. I loved the way he helped these boys build character and was in position long enough to watch the fruits of his labors grow. Year after year, Mr. Chips instilled the same lessons in his students and watched as each, in his own unique way, turned these lessons into a life. Little did I know that my feelings for these fictitious growing boys - who went off to war, or to serve in Parliament, or to raise sons whom Mr. Chips would teach - foreshadowed the sense of wonder and pride I've experienced after more than 20 years of running Leadership Philadelphia, which develops executives' skills and mobilizes them to serve.
December 22, 2015 |
Halfway through fifth period, Christine Black stood in the middle of a vast ground-floor hallway in George Washington High. At either end, small knots of students clustered with no apparent destination or permission to be out of class. But the fact that seven or so students were lingering actually represented good news - their ranks were down sharply from the congregation that likely would have gathered the week before, said Black, a new coprincipal of the school. "Still," she said, "the hallways should be clear.
September 22, 2015 |
Yet another charming, youthful conductor has arrived on classical music's doorstep. The 31-year-old Bulgarian Stilian Kirov, fresh from the associate conductorship of the Seattle Symphony, has promptly filled the void left by Symphony in C's departing longtime music director, Rossen Milanov. Kirov's debut concert Saturday at the Gordon Theater at Rutgers-Camden raised a lot of questions that will be answered only in future concerts, but one thing was clear: He is maintaining the orchestra's high standard of playing.