May 9, 2017

Six from EDC Selected for National Leadership Academy

WALTHAM, MA | EDC has been selected to participate in the American Express Leadership Academy, a program that has developed more than 3,000 global nonprofit leaders since its inception in 2008. This year, six EDC staff members are among the 72 emerging leaders from the education sector chosen by the Academy to attend its training program in New York this week.

Participant selection was based on several criteria, including dedication to a career in the nonprofit sector, holding a manager-level position, and a demonstration of strong career momentum.

The EDC employees selected include:

  • Eileen Caruso – Caruso has extensive experience in finance and operations management for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations. She has brought her expertise to various leadership roles in higher education, the performing arts, and afterschool education.
  • Shai Fuxman – Fuxman is an experienced researcher in the fields of education and public health with expertise in youth development, program evaluation, and cross-cultural relations. He is dedicated to promoting positive development among youth from marginalized communities.
  • Marion Goldstein – Goldstein is a STEM researcher and evaluator whose work focuses on improving the developmentally appropriate use of technology in pre-K–12 learning and teaching. She creates tools that accommodate a variety of instructional needs in real-world settings.
  • June Mark – Mark is a researcher and developer focused on computational thinking in relation to instructional design and curriculum implementation. She seeks to ensure all students experience quality mathematics learning and teaching.
  • Carrie Parker – Parker researches a wide range of education reform issues, including educational equity, digital equity, and strategies to enhance STEM learning and teaching. She has expertise in multiple research methodologies and statistical techniques.
  • Sarita Pillai – Pillai is an experienced program manager whose work supports increased access to, and diversity in, STEM fields. She works to engage youth typically underrepresented in STEM fields and to help young people build STEM skills and careers.

“EDC is pleased to take part in this prestigious program,” said EDC President and CEO David Offensend. “The nonprofit sector is unique in many ways, and the Academy offers focused preparation for the special challenges and opportunities inherent in the work that we do.”

The 2017 Academy includes training sessions in career development, business strategy, and marketing, with individual coaching and group exercises all designed to help participants build new leadership skills. The program is run by the Center for Creative Leadership and funded by American Express.

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