CEO Blog: May 2013

Amanpour to Graduates: “We must take a strategically patient long view”

Last week I attended the commencement ceremony of my 28-year-old daughter, Clare, who earned her master’s in International Economics at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. It will be fun to watch the rest of Clare's life unfold, but personally I am betting on her making a significant societal contribution no matter what she does!

The commencement speaker was Christiane Amanpour, CNN's chief international correspondent and global affairs anchor for ABC News. She did a great job connecting to the graduates and providing both real and tangible guidance in terms of her view of the vital ingredients to success. She also provided a quote that I found right on target. … more

Don't Miss Implications of Science and Technology Advances

It seems that a day does not go by that I am not hearing or reading about the rapid advances in science and technology. I am convinced that these advances will have significant and profound impact on those of us in the behavioral health and human services world regardless of area of focus. … more

Member Offers Inspiration to Social Welfare Grads

Betsy Vander Velde, president and CEO of Alliance member The Family Conservancy in Kansas City, Kan., was the commencement speaker for the Kansas University School of Social Welfare this week. Vander Velde, a Kansas University alum, was generous to share her inspiring remarks.

Kansas University
School of Social Welfare
Commencement Speech
May 17, 2013

Congratulations graduates! I am deeply honored to be among you today. As I stand before you, I feel the collective positive energy in this auditorium.

KU’s School of Social Welfare has a long and rich tradition of excellence and stellar dean leadership. … more

Grants for Health Care Innovation from CMS Speak to Your Expertise

After presenting at the National Summit on Adverse Childhood Experiences earlier this week, I received an email from the event sponsors, the Institute for Safe Families and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, on a funding opportunity through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for round two of the Health Care innovation Awards.

Alliance member Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles received a grant through this same program last year. The grant deals with something our sector has the expertise to help accomplish: Innovations in new payment and service delivery models that achieve better care and lower costs.

See the message from the Institute for Safe Families and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation below: … more

Member's Letter Shows High Impact Means Visionary Leadership

In our efforts to call attention to the attributes of high-impact leaders and organizations and disruptive forces in action, below is a wonderful letter that David Dennis, president and CEO of Alliance for Children and Families member Eckerd sent to both his board and that of National Foundation for Youth. This is an example of great visionary leadership and the impact members of the Alliance network make. My thanks to David for allowing me to include this in my blog.

Message to the National Foundation for Youth and Eckerd boards and Eckerd executive team from David Dennis, president and CEO, on April 30, 2013: … more

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