LeadX is a yearly conference that brings together and inspires promising young leaders. Students from many schools and backgrounds participate in the event, including students from Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Students and young leaders presented on such topics as the qualities of leaders and the impact one can have on the world. One student from the Milton Hershey School gave a speech about the power of one person.
Past LeadX conferences have featured many celebrity speakers, including former President Bill Clinton, and Ann Herrmann-Nehdi, the CEO and president of Herrmann International. Speech subjects have included everything from thinking agility to the science of leadership.
The conference aims to bring individuals from business, schools, and various industries together to learn, network, and further develop their leadership skills through speakers, roundtables, and focused workshops. At a conference of leaders, awards also are given for many achievements, including the Top Future Leader Award, Best Mentoring Program, and Best Corporate University, among others.
Milton Hershey School delivers a cost-free excellent education to children from low-income families in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Due in part to the school’s positive workplace policies and benefits, Milton Hershey School received ranking among the 2015 Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania, a statewide survey competition that identifies the best employers.
Best Places to Work performs comprehensive assessments to determine the top employers in a given state and requires participating companies and businesses to submit an array of survey material. The submission process includes a detailed two-part survey that collects data from each entity’s employers and employees regarding workplace policies, benefits, and demographics. Employees are also asked to rate their employer on a five-point scale.
Survey administration and data analysis performed by Best Companies Group (BCG), an independent research firm that focuses on identifying and recognizing exceptional places to work worldwide. BCG releases the results of its assessments to the Central Penn Business Journal (CPBJ) for publication. The CPBJ also celebrates the event through partnerships with several state organizations, which include the Team Pennsylvania Foundation, the PA State Council, and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.
Application fees and number of employee surveys required vary by company size. Eligible entities include nonprofits, for-profits, and both privately and publically held organizations. Additionally, organizations must consist of 25 or more full-time or part-time employees to qualify.
Established in November of 1909 by entrepreneur Milton Hershey and his wife Catherine, the Milton Hershey School provides a cost-free education and home life to students from low income families. Milton Hershey School delivers instruction through a team of experienced teachers, among the recipient of a Printing Industries of America (PIA) 2015 Education Award for Excellence, Michael DeAcosta.
Mr. DeAcosta serves as a graphic arts teacher at the school and possesses over 25 years of experience in print education. He began teaching there in 2002 and directs the Career/Technical Education program, which prepares students for postsecondary education by allowing them to focus on one of the 11 career pathways within the graphic communications field. His accomplishments include successfully leading efforts to receive accreditation for the program through the PrintED, an initiative administered by the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation. PIA will present DeAcosta with the Education Award for Excellence at the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) 68th Annual Technical Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, in March 2016.
The Educational Awards of Excellence honor educators in the graphic communications field for their outstanding leadership and contributions to the preservation of the future of the graphic communications industry. Recipients of the award also include educators whose leadership correlates to a significant program, project, or accomplishment within their academic community. The PIA is open to nominations not only nationally but also for graphic communications instructors worldwide.
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