Business School names new director of Social Enterprise Initiative

first_img Read Full Story Harvard Business School (HBS) has named Rob Zeaske, M.B.A. ’02, the new director of its Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI), succeeding Matt Segneri, M.B.A. ’10, who was recently named the Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Executive Director of the Harvard Innovation Labs (i-lab).Established in 1993 with the help of a generous gift from John C. Whitehead, M.B.A. ’47, SEI pioneered the concept of “social enterprise.” SEI has adopted a problem-focused approach toward understanding the management and leadership challenges facing organizations involved in creating social value regardless of their structure (profit, nonprofit, or hybrid) or the source of their funding (from grants to commercial transactions).As director, Zeaske, who recently arrived on campus to start in his new role, is responsible for working with the Initiative’s faculty co-chairs, professors Herman B. “Dutch” Leonard and V. Kasturi “Kash” Rangan, to refine and implement a strategy designed to leverage SEI’s intellectual capital, its network, and its executional capabilities. He will also be responsible for overseeing SEI’s overall strategy and operations, managing a portfolio of program activities that support faculty research and teaching, educational programs within the MBA and Executive Education curriculum, MBA field-based learning and career support programs, and alumni outreach and engagement.“I believe there is an extraordinary opportunity for SEI and HBS to extend our learning platform to those who need it most,” said Zeaske. “This is a time when institutions need to step up and create leaders prepared for the moment. Every piece of my career has built upon what I learned at HBS, and I’m looking forward to bringing that same opportunity to the current and future students of SEI.”“Now more than ever, the Social Enterprise Initiative needs the kind of leadership that Rob can provide, as the world faces more and more complex problems that cry out for solutions from HBS students looking to make a difference,” said Rangan. “We’re excited to welcome him back to HBS, and have him use the experience he gained as a senior executive at some of the leading socially-focused organizations to help guide SEI through its next phase of growth.”“Over the years, Rob has shown a commitment to making social change and has been one of SEI’s biggest supporters,” Leonard added. “It’s only fitting that he returns to where his journey of social impact started, to lead the Initiative through this crucial juncture.”Zeaske has long been a participant in, and collaborator with, SEI. He was among the inaugural cohort of the HBS Leadership Fellows program, serving as manager of program strategy at Mercy Corps, an innovative international relief organization and development agency.Zeaske joins HBS after most recently serving as the chief operating officer at the GroundTruth Project, a nonprofit news and media organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists in the U.S. and around the world.last_img read more

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State of Vermont: 50,000 without power

first_imgMap as of 10 am Monday.Vermont officials were preparing to assess the damage from Sunday’s flooding as clean-up and recovery efforts begin Monday. The extent of damage to roads, bridges, homes and businesses caused by the remnants of Hurricane Irene was unknown but was expected to stretch from one end of Vermont to the other. As of Monday morning roughly 50,000 Vermont power customers were without service,and officials warned that impassable roads could make restoring electricity to all areas a lengthy process. Transportation officials reported that some 263 roads had been impacted to varying degrees and several bridges destroyed by the floodwaters; a map of affected roads can be viewed at: http://www.511vt.com/default.asp?area=VT_statewide(link is external) Nine Red Cross shelters had been set up around the state and more than two dozen towns had opened their own shelters, but the number of people displaced by the heavy rains and flooding was not immediately available. In Rutland, some 80 residents of two residential care facilities, the St. Joseph Kervick Residence and the Loretto Home, were temporarily being housed at the Rutland Regional Medical Center. Patients in some areas of the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury were relocated within the grounds after flood waters rose into the Vermont State Office Complex next to the Winooski River. That flooding in Waterbury Village also forced Vermont Emergency Management to relocate the state’s Emergency Operations Center to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s temporary offices in Burlington. ‘We were fortunate to have a place that met our technological and logistical needs so close,’ Vermont Emergency Operations Center Manager Chris Reinfurt said. ‘We were able to restore the EOC to operation in a couple of hours.’ FEMA officials, who have been in the state since June helping Vermont recover from heavy rains and flooding earlier this spring, had been working with their state counterparts in the days leading up to Sunday’s heavy rains and were slated to take part in damage assessments. One fatality in Vermont has been attributed to the storm; police confirmed they had recovered a body from the Deerfield River in Wilmington Sunday evening, where a woman had been washed away by floodwaters earlier and feared drowned. Officials warned Vermonters to be careful of downed power lines and always assume they are live and report them to authorities. They also cautioned against driving through standing water.VTrans Areas of Vermont are still under water but rivers are now receding. Much of the state is starting to dry out but there are still many hazards and the public is encouraged to exercise caution.  Everyone is asked to stay off roads unless absolutely necessary.  Many roads are still damaged, and many may be washed out under the road surface and could give away at any time. A number of towns are asking that all traffic stay away, please respect detours and all road closures. See map and list below. Local road closures are too many to list.  It is estimated more than 250 roads around the state are damaged, many of them are impassable.  Every state road with the exception of Interstates 89 and 91 were closed at least for a time and many are still closed. Transportation and emergency officials are out today ensuring citizens are accounted for, assessing damage, and determining what areas are safe. All state offices are closed on Monday due to hazardous travel conditions. Homeowners should not return to a flooded home or turn on their circuit breaker until the electrical system has been inspected by a licensed electrician.  Wires could be wet and could lead to electrocution if not inspected. Around 50,000 power customers are without service.  Restoring power may be slowed for some utilities because of road conditions.  That is another reason to stay off the roads.  Power restoration will take some time, so patience will be necessary. The Vermont Fuel Dealers Association reports that ‘many service technicians are out chasing propane tanks that have been swept away in the floods. Homeowners with aboveground storage tanks should contact their propane provider immediately if their tank has moved from its foundation or if they smell gas.’ Those who need road conditions should call 511 or go to www.511vt.com(link is external) â ¦ do NOT call 211 for road conditions. There are currently six Red Cross shelters open: Brattleboro, VT ‘ Brattleboro Union High School ‘ Fairground RoadSpringfield, VT ‘ Springfield High School — 303 South StreetHartford, VT ‘ Hartford High School ‘ 37 Highland AvenueRutland, VT ‘ Rutland High School ‘ 22 Stratton RoadBarre, VT ‘ Barre AuditoriumSt. Johnsbury, VT ‘ The St. Johnsbury School ‘ 257 Western Avenue Vermont Emergency Management has moved its Emergency Operations Center to the FEMA offices in Burlington.  Contact information for the media is 802-951-2708.  The VEM e-mail server is also down, a temporary e-mail address for the press to contact the information office is [email protected](link sends e-mail) .  The Vermont Agency of Transportation has been working throughout the night and continues today to assess road conditions along state infrastructure resulting from Hurricane Irene.  VTrans priority is to establish safe passage for travelers and is closing roads, when needed, and establishing safe detours.  VTrans urges members of the public to exercise extreme caution in navigating the State highway system.  If travel is not necessary, Vermonters are asked to stay home so emergency responders and road crews can conduct damage assessments to the State’s infrastructure.  There are State highway closures throughout the state, some State highway bridges are completely washed out, while others may be compromised.  It will be several days before State officials can inspect all of the State bridges impacted by the extreme flooding caused by hurricane Irene.  Roads may be undermined by the flooding and slope failures may still be occurring. State officials are assessing which communities may be cut off and what infrastructure needs to be repaired first in order that power crews may gain access to down power lines and transformers. While the Vermont Agency of Transportation knows about the closures to the State highway system, town road closures are reported to Vermont Emergency Management.  The final number and location of all town roads and bridges that are closed or impassable is still unknown at this time.  The public is urged not to cross roadways with standing water.  VTrans Operations crews have been deployed since the beginning of the weather event working through the evening and are still on the job making repairs to the state system.  VTrans is deploying bridge inspection teams including teams from out of state and FEMA to inspect Vermont’s bridges.  It will be several days before all bridges, state and town can be inspected.   To receive the latest information on State road and bridge closures, the public can access the State 511 system at http://www.511vt.com/(link is external). Following are the state highway closures in effect as of 4 am.District OneRoute 7 south of ManchesterRoute 100/9 in ReadsboroRoute 100 north of WilmingtonRoute 9 in WilmingtonRoute 30 at Route 133 in PawletDistrict TwoRoute 30 at Newfane, Jamaica ‘ bridges outRoute 9 west of Brattleboro in area of Shell Station & Cumberland Farms.I-91 SB between Exits 5 and 6Route 5 in Rockingham ‘ bridge 39 underminingRoute 103 Chester at the new bridge 1 mile south of Route 11Route 131 in Cavendish near Chub HillRoute 11 in spots ‘ Chester ‘ Andover and Windham.Route 100 Jamaica near Route 30 IntersectionRoute 100 in WestonRoute 103 in ChesterRoute 100 in WardsboroDistrict 3Route 7 north of WallingfordRoute 4 east of RutlandRoute 7 north of RutlandRoute 100 LudlowRoute 144 East WallingfordRoute 103 Mount HollyRoute 100 between Route 4 and PittsfordRoute 73 between 53 and Route 100Route 7 near Route 73 in BrandonDistrict 4Route 4 in West WoodstockRoute 100 Granville GulfRoute 107 between Bethel and Route 100Route 12 between Route 4 and 107Route 12A in West BraintreeDistrict 5Route 116 between Route 125 and 17Route 125 between Route 116 and Route 100Route 17 between Route 116 and Huntington RoadI-89 in ColchesterRoute 2 JonesvilleDistrict 6Route 100 Moretown to WaitsfieldRoute 100BRoute 12 Berlin to RivertonRoute 12 WorcesterRoute 14 in WoodburyDistrict 7Route 5 north of St. JohnsburyRoute 302 in GrotonRoute 5 in LyndonvilleRoute 122 previously closed now openRoute 5A at Route 5 in West BurkeDistrict 8Route 118 previously closed now openRoute 105 between Enosburg and BerkshireRoute 242 west of Jay PeakDistrict 9Route 242 east of Jay PeakRoute 16 between I-91 and BartonRoute 105 between 114 and Lakeshore Drive near Island Pond Vermont Emergency Management. 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Australian McGrath backs day-night Tests to revive popularity

first_imgBy Sudipto GangulyMUMBAI, India (Reuters) – Five-day cricket remains the ultimate format for Australia fast-bowling great Glenn McGrath, who believes day-night Tests are the way forward for the format to survive in the age of the shorter Twenty20 version.The future of the longest format has been the subject of debate since the rise of popular T20 leagues over the last decade coincided with dwindling crowds at Test matches outside cricket hotbeds Australia and England.Officials view day-night Tests as having the potential to reverse the trend.“I am a big fan of Test cricket, to me Test cricket is still the ultimate and we’ve got to keep the game fresh, people enjoying it,” McGrath told reporters after a Tourism Australia event to attract more Indian visitors. “T20 has taken the world by storm: it is bringing a lot more people to cricket and that is brilliant. Hopefully that will filter into Test cricket.”The International Cricket Council (ICC), the sport’s world governing body, is also set to discuss the idea of reducing Test matches by a day to free up a crowded international calendar.last_img read more

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