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Sunday, April 14, 2019 1:00 am

Head of local nonprofit part of workshop

LISA GREEN | The Journal Gazette

A local nonprofit director will join 32 others in this year's Ronald McDonald House Charities Executive Leadership Program at Northwestern University's Kellogg Center for Nonprofit Management.

Jen Veatch, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Indiana, was among peers selected from 13 countries and regions. She said 122 people applied.

The program includes two, three-day classroom sessions and self-paced online learning modules assigned for completion in between.

The first session will be April 29-May 1 and the second will be Sept. 17-19.

“We are thrilled that Jen will be part of this prestigious leadership experience,” Grant Daily, board president for the local nonprofit, said in a statement.

Classroom sessions include topics such as “Leading with Vision and Purpose,” “Communicating for Impact,” “Embracing Change through Effective Transformations” and “Leadership through Empowerment and Delegation,” according to a news release.

Participants will have “personalized support and accountability from an executive coach.”

The Ronald McDonald House of Charities operates the Ronald McDonald House at Parkview Regional Medical Center and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, which delivers health care to underserved children up to age 18.

Veatch, 48, joined the nonprofit in January 2018. She worked for Parkview Foundation the previous two years after nine years as Parkview Health's talent acquisition manager.

Veatch said she was interested in working at Ronald McDonald House Charities because of “the ability to help families when they're going through their time of need.”

She's looking forward to the upcoming training.

“One of the things that attracted me was the ability to learn and grow in a way that I probably wouldn't have pushed myself,” Veatch said in an interview.

She expects to share what she learns with “the rest of the team” at work and see “how that material affects how we run the Ronald McDonald House,” calling the potential “super exciting.”

Veatch said she hopes “families served will see increased leadership and services.”

Grace from above

If you're going to get a photo op with the boss, especially one who leads a Fortune 500 company, you wouldn't expect it would be on the day – and largely because – of one of your worst misfortunes.

But American Airlines flight attendant Maddie Peters had that privilege after being bumped in an aisle and spilling a tray of drinks, several of them landing on company CEO Doug Parker, the Dallas Morning News reported last week.

Rather than get huffy, Parker was a good sport, Peters said on a company Instagram page.

He may have responded more graciously than others would, even if the splash wasn't the attendant's fault.

“The flight attendant said that the CEO introduced himself to the staff as he boarded the plane, but that she had gained an entirely new respect for him after seeing the way he handled her accident with humility,” the Dallas newspaper reported.

That's the kind of boss most employees would love working for.

Turnover at top

Employers at U.S.-based companies announced 135 chief executive officer changes last month, 8.9% higher than the 124 CEO changes announced in February.

March's total was 40.6% higher than the 96 CEO exits announced in the same month last year, according to a report last week from global outplacement and business and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.

In the first quarter, 416 CEOs left their posts, 22% higher than the 341 CEOs who did during the same period in 2018, a news release said.

It was the highest first quarter total since Challenger began tracking CEO changes in 2002.

Challenger tracks CEO changes at companies that have been in business at least two years, with a minimum of 10 employees.

“A difficult business environment, with economic uncertainty, is causing boards to make changes in their leadership ranks,” Challenger executive Andrew Challenger said.

To share a thought, a favorite quote or other wisdom about leadership, email Lisa Green at lisagreen@jg.net. Lead On also appears online as a blog at www.journalgazette.net/blog/lead-on/.