The University of Massachusetts Boston’s Center for Collaborative Leadership celebrated the graduation of the 2015 Emerging Leaders fellows on June 5 at the Seaport World Trade Center.
This group of 41 emerging leaders from the corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors started the program in September 2014 and had monthly leadership forums through April 2015. In the program, fellows participate in leadership skill sessions facilitated by top experts in the field, dialogue with Boston’s current leaders, and participate in an experiential team project.
At the luncheon, the center also honored community activist and Dorchester resident Philip J. Carver, an Emerging Leaders Program alumnus from the class of 2006, with the third annual Leading the Way award. Carver currently serves as associate director of community relations and economic development at the University of Massachusetts Boston and is, as he calls it, a double Beacon, earning both his undergrad and masters from the university.
In accepting the award, Carver noted his struggles growing up and recognized UMass Boston as his beacon, stating, “A Beacon is by definition, a source of light or inspiration; someone or something that guides or gives hope to others. UMass Boston has been my beacon and my mother was the compass.” Carver continued on saying, “What UMass Boston did for me, is what she has done for thousands of others since her creation and that is to organically help us achieve our goals, gain knowledge and prepare us to assume the responsibilities of leadership and civic participation in our community.”
He noted that it is fitting that UMass Boston is home to the Center for Collaborative Leadership because both the university and the center strive to develop people who embrace collaboration and civic engagement and “hopefully, when it’s all said and done, they become better leaders and citizens.”
The annual luncheon signals the end of another successful learning experience for a cohort of emerging leaders. The graduates will apply the skills they learned in the program and be better prepared to face challenges as they rise to the next level of leadership within their jobs and within their communities.