Guild for Human Services CEO selected as finalist for Nonprofit Leadership Award

The Concord Journal

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network recently announced that Amy Sousa, Ph.D., CEO of the Guild for Human Services in Concord, has been selected as a finalist for the 2019 Nonprofit Excellence Award in the Leadership category.

The winners of the Nonprofit Excellence Awards will be announced at MNN’s annual event, Nonprofit Awareness Day: A Celebration of Nonprofit Excellence presented by Citizens Bank, to be held June 3 at the Massachusetts Statehouse.

“We are honored to recognize the important contributions of Amy and the 26 other Nonprofit Excellence Award finalists, and look forward to recognizing excellence in the state’s robust and diverse nonprofit sector on Nonprofit Awareness Day,” said Jim Klocke, CEO of MNN.

“I am humbled to receive this recognition from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network,” said Sousa. “To me, this honor represents an acknowledgment of The Guild staff’s dedication and commitment to the individuals we serve.”

The Excellence Award in Leadership recognizes a nonprofit chief or senior executive who has an extraordinary record of organizational results and exemplifies strategic vision, passion, integrity, innovation, perseverance and a collaborative spirit. In her two years as CEO of The Guild, Sousa has increased the number of individuals served by the Guild and launched several initiatives: extending The Guild School day by adding more than 200 hours of additional instruction per year; expanding programming to two new residences serving adults with disabilities; strengthening supervision for Guild staff with support from the Yale Medical School; and enhancing program accessibility for students and adults with impaired vision.

The Guild’s mission is to educate, encourage and empower individuals with intellectual disabilities so they may achieve their full potential. The Guild serves more than 140 individuals diagnosed with mild to severe intellectual disabilities, autism and behavioral and mental health challenges. Services are offered through the Guild School, which serves 85 students ages 6-22 years, and an adult residential program.

Nonprofit Awareness Day highlights the work of the nonprofit sector and raises awareness of important causes throughout Massachusetts. During the ceremony, the Nonprofit Excellence Awards will be presented to one finalist in each of the following six categories: Advocacy, Collaboration, Innovation, Leadership, Small Nonprofit and Young Professional.

This year, an independent panel of judges reviewed more than 100 nominations for the Nonprofit Excellence Awards. The 27 finalists range from large education providers to small human rights organizations and represent every region of Massachusetts.

For information: massnonprofitnet.org.

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