Leadership and Change Health Care Activist Steve Davis: Avoiding the 'I'll Give Back Later' Trap
Steve Davis is president and CEO of PATH, an international nonprofit whose goal is to help communities break longstanding cycles of poor health. The cross-sectoral skills he has accumulated during earlier work in other organizations, he says, are crucial when it comes to adapting innovations to the places that need them most. In a recent interview, he talks about his approach to leadership, the importance of strategic partnerships, the effort to eradicate malaria in northern Africa and how to avoid the 'I'm-going-to-give-back-later [to society]' trap. http://knowledge.wharton.
Leadership and Change Nancy Brinker's Education on the Road to Eradicating Breast Cancer
Nancy Goodman Brinker promised her sister, who died of breast cancer in 1980 at age 36, that she would find a cure for the disease. Within two years, Brinker had launched Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a foundation which has raised nearly $2 billion primarily for breast cancer research. During a Wharton Leadership Lecture, Brinker shared the lessons she has learned since launching the foundation more than 30 years ago. http://knowledge.wharton.
Helping Employees to Be Healthier: How About a Sweepstakes?
In order to design effective wellness programs, most large companies are now asking employees to complete health risk assessments (HRAs) -- questionnaires that ask them to reveal such details as their weight, blood pressure and family history of disease. Experts agree that HRAs can be a useful tool, but only if employees actually bother to fill them out. A recent study co-authored by Wharton health care management professor Kevin Volpp suggests one way to encourage workers to do so. http://knowledge.wharton.
Finding a Common Language for Disaster-resistant Supply Chains
Disasters such as Superstorm Sandy, the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the volcanic ash cloud that disrupted international airplane flights for several days in 2010 have highlighted the need for companies to better prepare for potential risks to their supply chains. A number of groups are working to create a common framework to help firms accomplish this, but experts note that the increasingly complex nature of the modern supply chain -- and a tendency by many companies to be reactive rather than proactive when it comes to disasters -- are hindering the effort. http://knowledge.wharton.
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