Monday, June 25, 2007

CHEN PR Co-founder named MITEF Volunteer of the Year


It was another successful night for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge, this time at their annual end of the year thank you dinner and bad business plan competition (See Barb Heffner's post on the latter below). The Forum hosts the event to thank its many volunteers and talk about the year's successes. 2006-2007 proved to be quite a year for the Cambridge group with over 4,300 individuals participating in 80 MITEF programs and services and 1,200 entrepreneurs served.

200-plus volunteers pledged their skills, knowledge and time over the past year to help make each MITEF event a top-notch technological gathering. Of those 200 volunteers, one was honored on Wednesday night for his or her exceptional work as the Forum's Volunteer of the Year.

I was proud to be in attendance to see CHEN PR Co-founder Barb Heffner named that one. It was and is my privilege to work with Barb on the MITEF team and as I listened to MITEF Executive Director Trish Fleming describe the 2006-2007 recipient's qualities before handing out the award, I was quite sure Trish was describing Barb.

Barb's guidance and expertise helped the Forum land a number of great local entrepreneurs as event speakers, spread the word about its monthly case presentations and provide the counsel of a true industry guru. It was obvious that Trish and the rest of the Forum staff couldn't have been happier to bestow the honor on Barb and I don't think anyone was more deserving.

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