Lawrence Technological University President Virinder Moudgil provided leadership for a good cause when he served as honorary chairman of the 2013 MS Leadership Class for the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, Michigan Chapter.
The MS Leadership Class honors local business men and women for their outstanding contributions and leadership in the movement to create a world free of MS. They were recognized for their leadership and fund-raising efforts at a recent awards ceremony held at the Skyline Club in Southfield.
This is the Michigan Chapter’s third annual leadership class. The 17 members raised $32,000 by the end of June and are expected to reach $38,000 by the end of the program in September.
“Americans are generous and caring people who work hard and believe in possibilities. The 2013 MS Leadership Class has made or raised financial contributions, and invested their time and hopes in pursuit of better understanding and quality of life for those among us who try to manage to live with this challenging condition. Every dollar counts to make millions to support research, social and educational programs geared to eventually eradicate MS,” Moudgil said.
Moudgil hosted the kick-off event at Lawrence Tech on April 30, and the leadership class was invited back to the LTU campus for a presentation by Associate Professor Jacqueline Stavros and Assistant Professor Matthew Cole on SOAR, which stands for strengths, opportunities, aspirations, and results.
SOAR is a strengths-based strategic framework that offers a profoundly positive approach to strategic thinking and planning, allowing organizations to construct their future through a whole-system perspective, collaboration, shared dialogues, and a commitment to action.
The presentation at LTU was part of the educational component of the program. The group also toured Wayne State’s MS research center, which receives funding from the national group.
“The MS Leadership Class of 2013 offered exciting opportunities for business men and women to socialize, network and contribute to their community,” said Cheryl Rothe, marketing and public relations manager for the National MS Society, Michigan Chapter. “Not only does this group of professionals show dedication and commitment to promoting success in their own career but they also engage their talent and resources to make a difference in the welfare and well-being of others.”
Many graduates of the leadership program stay actively involved in the fight against MS in a leadership capacity – as a board member, committee chair or a member of a walk, bike or golf MS corporate team. Rothe was herself a member of the first leadership class.
About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society:
The National MS Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move forward with their lives. In 2012 alone, the Society invested $43 million to support 350 research projects around the world while providing programs and services that assisted more than one million people. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS.
Michigan has one of the highest incidence rates of MS in the country, with more than 18,000 people living with MS in the state. Learn more by visiting www.nationalMSsociety.org/mig or by calling 1-800-FIGHT MS.