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Harvard Business School Professor To Speak In Norwalk

Allen Grossman
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NORWALK, Conn. -- Harvard Business School professor Allen Grossman will give a talk on "The promise of collective impact: An innovative approach to solving community problems” Thursday, March 31 at Norwalk Community College.

Collective impact is the process by which nonprofits work together to resolve highly complex social issues. Grossman will discuss collective impact’s importance as a new way of organizing nonprofits, which in the past have lacked a means for systematically focusing the different interests in a community.

In education, educators, not-for-profits, the business community and government all affect this critical task but not in a coordinated way.

Grossman has studied StriveTogether, a national program that includes 65 cities. StriveTogether is of the most ambitious examples of collective impact, and it seeks to unite all the different decision-makers in the educational process so that these groups work together, define common objectives, and, based on careful review of data, select the most effective programs.

The public is invited to the lecture. For additional information or to register for this free event, please click here.

Grossman was appointed a Harvard Business School Professor of Management Practice in July 2000. He joined the business school faculty in July 1998, with a concurrent appointment as a visiting scholar at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

He served as president and chief executive officer of Outward Bound USA for six years before stepping down in 1997 to work on the challenges of creating high-performing nonprofit organizations. Grossman will discuss his experiences with the challenges of effectively managing such large coalitions

For more information on Grossman, his research and his publications, click here to see his Harvard Business School profile.

Grossman's talk will begin at 3 p.m.

Norwalk Community College is at 188 Richards Ave., Norwalk.

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