The next generation of leadership

Full and original article posted on Worcester Business Journal

Back in March, we wrote in this space about how pending retirements among longtime CEOs and executive directors at more than a dozen key businesses and nonprofits like Edward M. Kennedy Health Center in Worcester, the YMCA of Central Mass., Main Street Bank in Marlborough and the Worcester Community Action Council were going to create a leadership vacuum in the region’s business community, especially with the loss of such significant institutional knowledge in such a short period. While the corporate level of turnover feels more normal, the leadership changes in the nonprofit sector is dramatic.

As those empty leadership chairs have been getting filled with the likes of longtime employee Jim McCarthy at R.H. White Cos. in Auburn, former Obama Administration official Barbara Fields at the Greater Worcester Community Foundation and seasoned hospital executive Lou Brady at the Family Health Center of Worcester, it’s rewarding to see Central Massachusetts organizations attracting such qualified hires with a diverse array of backgrounds and experience. While only time will tell how each of the new leaders performs in their roles, the organizations experiencing a transition in leadership appear to have landed in capable hands.

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