Monday, September 01, 2008

CEO becomes teacher

In today's Chicago Tribune I read an article about how the ex CEO of H&R Block left his $1 million corporate job to teach in inner city schools.

During the May 2008 Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference, one of the speakers was David Ginsburg, a former volunteer with Cabrini Connections, who now is an educator in a Philadelphia Charter School.

Arthur Mollenhauer, Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Chicago left a 24 year career with Baxter, to become the current leader of BBBS Chicago.

We need this to happen more often. That's the goal of the Tutor/Mentor Connection. If we can help more business people become involved in the lives of inner city kids, through an initial involvement in volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs, some will become leaders, who not only get directly involved as these men have, but who are able to draw resources from their business networks who will help support their work.

This means that as school starts, there will be more leaders in business and philanthropy and media who are encouraging people to volunteer, or are encouraging people to provide dollars needed to support volunteer involvement, or build charter schools.

Thank you Thomas, David, Art and others who have made this career choice.

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