24 June 2014
The leader of Australia’s largest preventive health sports program is one of just two recipients to be awarded a fellowship to study at Harvard Business School.
Ms Maree Sidey, General Manager of the Australian Drug Foundation’s very successful Good Sports program will leave for Boston this Thursday.
The Harvard Club of Australia has provided $10,000 to cover fees, accommodation and flights for Maree to attend the highly regarded six-day course Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management this July at the Harvard Business School. While in the United States Maree will also meet with a range of other not-for-profit organisations.
Maree said being awarded the fellowship to attend the coveted leadership development course is a great pleasure and honour.
“I thank the Harvard Club for this wonderful opportunity, and for providing those of us who work in the not-for-profit sector with the means to attend and learn from the 140 similar leaders from around the globe who’ll be there.”
“I work in the not-for-profit field because I have a strong passion for social justice and I believe that people can make a difference in the world around them. I stay in this field because I have realised that it provides me with a unique and very satisfying opportunity to find and develop community leaders right across Australia.”
Mr Ted Blamey, Chairman of Nonprofit Programs said the Harvard Club of Australia send two Australians every year to the landmark course for senior non-profit executives.
“We created the Nonprofit Fellowship program in 2001 with three aims, all of which we hold to today: enhance leadership and performance in the Australian nonprofit sector; assist leaders to examine their missions, develop new strategies and improve effectiveness; bring leverage to the community as a whole,” he said.
“Harvard Business School has achieved global leadership not just for its graduate and executive education in business but also for its Social Enterprise Initiative from which this course springs.”
“Maree faced stiff competition for her much sought-after Fellowship. We were greatly impressed not only by her focus, clarity of purpose and passion but, of course, by the Good Sports program she leads.”
Good Sports is a grassroots program helping community sporting clubs tackle Australia's problematic drinking culture by leveraging our national passion for sport. The program is working with nearly 6,600 clubs across the country, creating a powerful network of local change agents committed to building safe, healthy, family-friendly sports clubs.
For more information visit www.goodsports.com.au
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