FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOVEMBER 27, 2017
Theresa A. Daly
Director, Gift of Life Institute
Educational Collaboration between Gift of Life Institute/Two of World’s Leading Business Schools Receives Overwhelming Response
– Program Graduates First Class –
Philadelphia, PA —- Gift of Life Institute graduated the first class of the innovative program “The Art and Science of Leadership: Driving Results for Donation and Transplantation Professionals” on October 17. The sold-out eight-month certificate program was designed in partnership with the Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania and the Fox School of Business, Temple University. It is geared towards both emerging and experienced leaders who are looking to increase their management skills and strategic perspective. Additional information can be found at Institute Leadership First Graduation 2017.
Fifteen leaders from 11 organ procurement organizations (OPOs) served as coaches, and 29 professionals from 15 OPOs participated in the first class of the intensive, multi-faceted program.
Of the program, participants remarked:
“My coach is wonderful; she provides great feedback and really makes me think through what I am trying to achieve. Having a mentor from another program also helps me to see how leadership works at other OPOs.”
“Outstanding. Thrilled that we sponsored, thrilled to have two of my up and coming leaders in the program, and thrilled to have been able to participate as a coach.”
“The mentor/mentee aspect has been most valuable for me. Their expertise and willingness to share has been invaluable.”
“This program is excellent – I feel it would be most beneficial for managers. I have managed teams for 20 years and have been to many leadership sessions and certificate programs. I would recommend for my staff to attend.”
Due to overwhelming response, the program will be offered on a yearly basis.
Founding sponsors for this certificate program are The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland, Gift of Life Donor Program, DCI Donor Services, Inc., Donor Alliance, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, LifeShare of Oklahoma, LifeSource, Mid-America Transplant, NJ Sharing Network and Midwest Transplant Network.
Established in 2004, Gift of Life Institute is the international leader in organ and tissue donation education, training close to 9,000 professionals from 37 countries since its inception. Through its affiliation with Gift of Life Donor Program in Philadelphia, PA, the largest OPO in the nation, the Institute has the unique opportunity to provide learners with real-world and real-time instruction.