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Leadership Pioneer Valley
Accepting Applications for LEAP
Class of 2023
SPRINGFIELD — Leadership Pioneer Valley
(LPV) is now accepting applications for enroll- ment in the LEAP class of 2023, a regional lead- ership-development program. This year’s class
is expected to have a fully in-person experience. Applicants are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The LEAP program engages the Pio- neer Valley’s most promising emerging leaders through learning, exploration, and connecting. Participants are trained in applied leadership skills by experts. They also explore critical com- munity issues by connecting with local leaders and visiting businesses and local towns across the region. The upcoming program runs from September through May. In its 12th year, more than 350 individuals representing more than 125 companies, organizations, and municipalities have participated. The program has filled a criti- cal need for a leadership program that builds a network of emerging leaders to address the chal- lenges and opportunities of the region. Fifty-three percent of alumni have a new leadership role at work, 64% have joined a new board of directors, and 99% made new, meaningful connections. LPV is seeking applicants from all over the Pio- neer Valley, including Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties, representing different employ- ment sectors. The program is made for those in nonprofits, businesses, and government who
are eager to increase their leadership skills and take action to better the region. Applicants are considered in a competitive application process that prioritizes diversity by employment sector, geography, race, gender, and sexual orientation. Emerging leaders, mid-career professionals with leadership potential, and those looking to better the Pioneer Valley should consider applying. The deadline for LPV class of 2023 applications is July 1. Applications and further information can be found at www.leadershippv.org.
Veritas Prep Charter School Establishes Teacher Diversification Fellowship Fund
SPRINGFIELD — Veritas Prep Charter School(VPCS) has been awarded $53,883from theMass. Teacher Diversification Pilot Program, a state-funded grant program that provides approximately $2 million in competitive fund-
an executive search pro- cess led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG), and comes to the company with
more than two decades of diverse experience in the- ater, dance, film, and tele- vision, particularly in the areas of nonprofit manage- ment, business develop-
ment, and strategic planning.In her new position, Handelsman will be responsible for championing Shakespeare & Company’s artistic vision through the development of new and expanded income streams, expansion, and cultivation of the com- pany’s Board of Trustees; supervision of admin- istrative, marketing, and fundraising efforts, and
ing to support local school and district efforts to strengthen and diversify existing teacher recruit- ment and retention programs. VPCS is using
this grant to establish the Veritas Prep Teacher Diversification Fellowship Fund to help educators and aspiring educators who identify as people
of color enter or remain in education by remov- ing common financial barriers. Candidates can apply for access to funding for education, MTEL test fees, relocation assistance and tuition and loan reimbursement. New and current associate teachers and lead teachers are eligible to apply, and Teach Western Mass (TWM) residents can also apply for TWM tuition coverage. Recipients must commit to working at Veritas Prep middle or high school for three years. All recipients will receive access to free MTEL test preparation, if applicable. Launched in April 2019, the Massa- chusetts Teacher Diversification Pilot Program provides tuition assistance to support enrollment into an approved-educator preparation pro- gram and MTEL preparation and examination. Schools and districts may also use grant funds
to enhance teacher recruitment and retention efforts. Educators and aspiring educators who identify as people of color can learn more about the Veritas Teacher Diversification Fellowship Fund and apply for support here:veritasprepma. org/teacher-diversification-fund/.
Former Landsdowne Dormitories Renovated into Apartments
WESTFIELD — Shawna Gutowski and Maritza Zavala, of the Slope to Shore Team of William Raveis Real Estate, announced that the former Landsdowne Dorms in Westfield have been fully renovated and are officially on the market for lease under the name Landsdowne Place. “We’re excited to make these beautifully-renovated apartments available in downtown Westfield, where residents can shop, experience downtown events, and enjoy quick access to the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail right outside their door,” said Project Manager Anthony Leroux. The newly renovated apartments are a mixture of one bed- room/one bath and two bedroom/two bath units, which were formerly used as housing for West- field State College students. The complex also fea- tures gym and laundry facilities on-site, as well as access to the bike trail. Apartment leases start at $1,400 per month and will require first, last, secu- rity, and credit check.
ongoing engagement with various constituents in the Berkshire County community. Most recently, Handelsman served as managing director of GAL- LIM, a movement production company based in Brooklyn, N.Y., which has staged productions at Lincoln Center’s Hearst Plaza, New York City Bal- let, the Martha Graham Dance Company, Ailey II Dance Company, and other venues.She serves on the Artistic Council of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Playwrights Conference, and has worked as a curator, dramaturge, project manager, and consultant for a wide range of clients including the Hip-Hop Theater Festival (Hi-ARTS), HBO’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, and locally with Jacob’s Pillow and the Batsheva Dance Company’s 2018 Summer Tour.
 OneZo was the first café in the world to make their own boba in-store.Their goal is to serve the freshest boba drinks and use their creativity to develop new boba flavors. Some of the more pop- ular flavors include Brown Sugar Bubble Latte, Hong Kong Style Milk Tea, Strawberry Slush Milk Tea, Grapefruit Green Tea, and Thai Tea.
OneZo tea can be found in 17 countries and has several locations in Massachusetts including Quincy and Worcester.Holyoke Mall guests can experience freshly made bubble tea in their new location in Café Square.
CDK Global Named Presenting Sponsor for Tom Cosenzi Driving for The Cure Golf Tournament
HADLEY — The 14th Annual Tom Cosenzi Driv- ing for the Cure Charity Golf Tournament will take place Sept. 27 at Twin Hills Country Club in Longmeadow, and will be joined by presenting sponsor, CDK Global. The 14th Annual Driving for the Cure Charity Golf supports neuro-oncology research in honor of Tom Cosenzi, a successful businessman and father of four who succumbed to brain cancer in 2009 at 52. Since its inception, this annual golf tournament has raised more than $1.3 million with its partnership with the Jimmy Fund, one of the largest organized golf programs in the U.S. All proceeds support Dr. Patrick Wen and his team of researchers in the Neuro-Oncol- ogy Department at Dana Farber Cancer Institute “My brother Tom and I started this charity golf tournament to honor the legacy of our dad,” said TommyCar co-owner, Carla Cosenzi. “His vision was that no other family would experience the pain that he and his family endured. It was Tom’s wish that his family and friends continue to raise money for Neuro Oncology Research so the bur- den of Cancer can be eliminated for patients and their families. We’re so thankful to CDK Global for their partnership and we are proud to be able to support the world class research that is ongoing at Dana-Farber.” The scramble style tournament features a “Tee off against Cancer” shotgun start. Players will enjoy 18 holes of golf at one of the area’s top private golf courses, lunch, on-course activities, an evening cocktail reception with live entertainment, a gourmet dinner, raffle prizes, and silent and live auctions. For more informa- tion on the Tom Cosenzi Driving For The Cure Charity Golf Tournament visit www.TomCosenzi- DrivingForTheCure.com.
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research foundation director for the Institute of Management Accountants, and in multiple posi- tions with the American Accounting Associa- tion. He is also the Richard Dieter & Susan Dieter Faculty Fellow and associate professor at UMass Amherst, where he teaches financial and mana- gerial accounting and examines how accounting systems change the way people think about and report on their performance.
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Shakespeare & Company, a theater performance, education, and training outfit now celebrating its
45th year, announced the appointment of Amy Handelsman as managing director, effective May 1. Handelsman accepted the position following
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