Scott A. Abell ’72, past president of the Harvard Alumni Association and retired chair and CEO of Abell & Associates, Inc., has been elected president of Harvard’s Board of Overseers for the academic year 2017-18.Tracy P. Palandjian ’93, M.B.A. ’97, co-founder and CEO of Social Finance, Inc., will serve as vice chair of the board’s executive committee for 2017-18.Both elected as Overseers in 2012, Abell and Palandjian will serve in the board’s top leadership roles for the final year of their six-year terms. They will succeed Kenji Yoshino ’91, the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law, and Nicole Parent Haughey ’93, the chief operating officer of Mimeo.com.“Scott Abell and Tracy Palandjian each embody the qualities of good judgment, devotion to higher education, constructively critical perspective, and appetite for service that our most valued alumni bring to the work of the University,” said President Drew Faust. “It will be a privilege to work with them even more closely in the year to come.”Scott A. AbellFor nearly 30 years, Scott Abell served as chair and CEO of Abell & Associates, Inc. He founded the company in Akron, Ohio, in 1973, shortly after his graduation from Harvard College, and led its work in the fields of financial services and health care consulting.One of the University’s most active alumni leaders in recent decades, he served as president of the Harvard Alumni Association in 2000-01, leading a comprehensive strategic planning process that helped reshape the HAA. His numerous other volunteer roles have included service as president of the Harvard Club of Northeast Ohio and chair of its Schools and Scholarships Committee, HAA regional director, and reunion co-chair for the College Class of 1972, as well as membership on the HAA nominating committee for Overseers and elected directors, the HAA awards committee, the executive committee of the Harvard College Fund, the board of governors of the Harvard Club of Boston, and the Committee on University Resources. He received the HAA Award in 2003 for his work on behalf of Harvard.Abell came out of retirement in 2004 to serve for several years as the dean for development for Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He currently serves as the national chair of the John Harvard Society.Born to a family of modest means, Abell overcame childhood polio to become a multisport athlete. He was encouraged by a Cleveland-area alumnus to apply to Harvard College. He enrolled in the fall of 1968 with the support of Fred Glimp ’50, then dean of the College, and Jack Reardon ’60, then associate dean of admissions and financial aid.Abell went on to a successful business career after graduation, while taking active part in the civic and philanthropic life of his communities through such organizations as the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Akron General Health System, the Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron Foundation, and Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens.As a Harvard Overseer, he chairs the board’s committee on institutional policy, in addition to serving on the executive committee, the nominating committee, the committee on natural and applied sciences, and the governing boards’ joint committee on alumni affairs and development.An engaged participant in the Overseers-led visitation process, he has also served as a member of the visiting committees for the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Human and Evolutionary Biology, and Mathematics.He lives outside of Cleveland with his wife, Susan Abell, a former health care executive. He is the father of two children, Kelly ’02 and Patrick ’07, M.B.A. ’14.Tracy P. PalandjianTracy Palandjian has served since 2011 as co-founder and chief executive officer of Social Finance, Inc., a Boston-based nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing capital to drive social progress. Social Finance develops pay-for-success and other public-private partnerships designed to address complex social challenges such as achievement gaps, health disparities, and prisoner recidivism. Before leading Social Finance, Palandjian spent more than a decade as a managing director of the Parthenon Group, where she established and led the firm’s nonprofit practice.Co-author of the book “Investing for Impact: Case Studies Across Asset Classes” and vice chair of the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance, she writes and speaks widely on impact investing and social innovation.A native of Hong Kong who came to the United States at age 14 as a foreign student, she studied economics at Harvard, earning Eliot House’s John B. Imrie Memorial Award, and went on to Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar.Her Harvard roles since graduation have included service as vice chair of her College class, as a member of the Harvard Business School Alumni Board, and since 2016 as a member of the Harvard Corporation Committee on Finance.As an Overseer, she chairs the board’s committee on schools, the College, and continuing education. She also serves on the executive committee and the committee on humanities and arts, as well as the visiting committees for the Division of Continuing Education, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and the Sociology Department.An active trustee well beyond Harvard, she serves on the boards of the Surdna Foundation and Affiliated Managers Group. She is a past trustee of Milton Academy and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, and past chair of the board of Facing History and Ourselves.Palandjian lives in Belmont with her husband, Leon Palandjian ’91, M.D. ’00, and their three daughters.
Submit StumbleUpon GiG launches WSN Podcast hosted by Bill Krackomberger June 18, 2020 Updating stakeholders, Stockholm-listed Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) has confirmed that it has been accredited with ISO-27001 certification for a further year.Sanctioned by the consumer standards and protections NGO the ‘International Organisation for Standardization’, ISO-27001 is regarded as one of the highest-ranking global IT security certificates for technology enterprises.ISO accreditation follows a review of GIG’s technology stack, analysing the firm’s development infrastructures, network configuration and associated client services hosted by the GiG Core platform.In addition, GiG governance confirms that it has achieved ISO accreditation for its data warehouse, which has been developed to ‘transform its data into reports for customers and internal teams informing business-critical decisions’.In its update, GiG governance notes the importance of renewing its ISO-27001 certification, which underlines the firm’s commitment to being the most secure B2B network for industry stakeholders.Richard Brown, acting chief executive officer of GiG, said: “The accreditation continues to prove that we are committed to protecting our customers and players information. Our teams have been working round the clock to continuously improve the robust control framework we put in place last year. This framework not only ensures the information we hold is protected, it also means we are actively detecting and ready to react to situations which could put any of our information at risk.” Share GiG ups code security oversight with Checkmarx July 10, 2020 Related Articles Share GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020
Additionally, the committee members also congratulated the Future Cup winners – Phatcharaphon Ungpakornkaew, Marion Grace Montgomery, Christopher Marsh, Krit Romanyk and Jade Gavin.For more news and information about Royal Varuna Yacht Club, visit website: www.varuna.org.Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya celebrated the achievements of its junior sailors at a special awards evening held Oct. 1.Sophia Montgomery was the recipient of the 2016 RVYC Sailor of the Year award.Jade Gavin (centre) was a Coaches Choice and also a Future Cup winner.Claudia Nazarov (left) was voted the Most Improved Beginner (female).Marion Grace Montgomery was the Most Improved Sailor (female).Phitchakon Ungpakornkaew (left) won the award for Most Improved Sailor (male).Krit Romanyk (far left) was a Future Cup winner. The Royal Varuna Yacht Club (RVYC) Youth Awards 2016 evening was held Saturday, October 1 and saw approximately 90 members join together to congratulate the club’s most successful youth sailors, taking into account their results and performances over the past 12 months.Chanon Thanatayaudom (front centre) was the Coaches Choice Award winner (male).After much deliberation the judges came up with some standout winners. Sophia Montgomery was voted the 2016 RVYC Sailor of the Year while other notable achievers were Joanne Gavin (Team Sailor Award), Chanon Thanatayaudom and Jade Gavin (Coaches Choice Awards), Farida Vernon and Chusitt Punjamala (Best Overall Performance), Phitchakon Ungpakornkaew and Marion G. Montgomery (Most Improved Sailors), and Paul Salaw and Claudia Nazarov (Most Improved Beginners).Chusitt Punjamala (left) took the Best Overall Performance award – male sailor.Commenting on the award winners afterwards, RVYC Commodore Tom Whitcraft said: “The winners tonight have exceeded all of the expectations and challenges thrown at them this past year. Some of the more experienced ones have already matured into competent sailors, and more importantly great role models for those just starting out.“Sailing is a sport that is noted as being hard to learn and even harder to master, but we are sure that if these award winners continue the way they are going they will have no problem reaching their goals.”
Serena Williams returns the ball to Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka during their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, May 19. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)by Andrew DampfROME (AP) — Serena Williams won her fourth consecutive title of the year in dominating fashion Sunday, beating third-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-3 in the Italian Open final.The top-ranked American will enter the French Open, which starts next Sunday, on a career-best 24-match winning streak.Williams was coming off consecutive titles in Miami; Charleston, South Carolina; and Madrid last week.She didn’t drop a set while winning this title.Williams’ only previous title at this clay-court event came in 2002, when she beat Justine Henin in the final.That was also the year she won her only title at Roland Garros. Last year in Paris, Williams lost in the opening round of a major for the first time, falling to 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano of France.Later, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were renewing their rivalry in the men’s final at the Foro Italico.On a pleasant spring day, Williams immediately took control by breaking Azarenka’s serve twice to take a 3-0 lead in the opening set.The 15-time Grand Slam winner slugged winners at will off both Azarenka’s first and second serves, stepping into the court to dictate play at every opportunity.Azarenka grew distraught at the end of the first set, twice slamming her racket on the court in desperation.After trading breaks midway through the second set, Williams took control again when Azarenka double faulted to hand her a 5-3 lead. Williams then served out the match at love and let out a big scream when she unleashed a backhand winner down the line to close it out.Williams held a massive 41-12 edge in winners and served nine aces to Azarenka’s none.Williams improved to 12-2 in her career against Azarenka, who spent 51 weeks at No. 1 before Williams reclaimed the top spot in February.Williams had twice won 21 matches in a row before, although both of those runs came more than a decade ago, in 2002 and the beginning of 2003.Martina Navratilova established the longest women’s winning run in the Open Era at 74 matches in 1984.At 31, Williams is back at the top of her game after missing 11 months in 2010 and 2011 with a right foot injury and a pulmonary embolism.It was Azarenka’s first final since beating Williams for the title in February at Doha, Qatar. That followed the Belarussian’s Australian Open victory. Since then, Azarenka has been slowed by right ankle and left foot injuries.It was the 51st title of Williams’ career. Navratilova also holds the record in that category with a seemingly insurmountable 167 titles. Williams moved within two titles of matching Monica Seles for ninth on the all-time list.Wiilliams was already first among active players and now has seven more titles than her sister Venus, who is second on the list and watched the final from the stands.Earlier in the women’s doubles final, Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan and Peng Shuai of China upset the top-ranked Italian pair of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci 4-6, 6-3, 10-8. Your comments are welcome.Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierJoin us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courier