Costa Mesa, CA, May 28, 2015 – The Harvard Business School Association of Orange County (HBSAOC) announced May 12 that Vanguard alumna and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank Orange County, Nicole Suydam, won the HBSAOC’s First Annual Scholarship in Nonprofit Management.
The scholarship, officially titled the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management Scholarship (SPNM), sponsors the CEO or Executive Director of a local nonprofit to attend the SPNM program in July at the Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts. The scholarship includes SPNM program tuition, books, case materials, accommodations, most meals, and travel. The HBSAOC combined with local sponsors Knobbe Martens, Jackson DeMarco, Tidus & Peckenpaugh, Merchant Service Group LLC, and Pacific Life contributed the backing for the scholarship.
About 20 local nonprofit executives applied for the scholarship, and the winner was slated to be announced at the May 12, 2015 at The “Business of Non-Profits” Event, a Harvard Leadership Series Event in Irvine. The event featured a world-class panel of nonprofit experts including former CEO of PIMCO Bill Thompson, CEO of Edwards Lifesciences Mike Mussallem, and THINK Together CEO Randy Barth.
After reviewing the applications of nearly 20 nonprofit executive candidates, the HBSAOC selection committee determined Suydam best met all the scholarship criteria (see criteria here: http://www.hbsaoc.org/article.html?aid=468) for her commendable efforts at the Second Harvest Food Bank. Second Harvest Food Bank’s mission is to find innovative, sustainable ways to end hunger in Orange County by reaching out to the community for donations, grants, fundraising, food drives, food rescue, harvesting and volunteers to help provide food, education and advocacy for the hungry.
Suydam, an Aliso Viejo resident, originally served the Food Bank as the Development Manager from 1997 to 2001. During that time, she directed the organization’s fundraising and communications programs, doubling financial support from individuals, corporations and foundations from $900,000 to $1.8 million. In addition, she managed the organization’s name change, re-branding and public relations campaigns in the late 90’s, which generated a record amount of funds, food and volunteers to support the Food Bank’s mission. After working as the VP of Development for the Goodwill of Orange County, from 2003-2012, Suydam returned to the Food Bank as the CEO.
In 2005, Suydam was recognized by the Nonprofit Times as one of the nation’s “Top 10 Nonprofit Fundraisers under the Age of 40,” and she was named by the OC METRO as one of the “40 Under 40” top professionals in Orange County in 2011. Suydam is currently the chair of the alumni board at Vanguard University, her alma mater.
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