Saturday, March 3, 2018

AABLI Board Leadership Program’s Professional Courses

The holder of a master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan, Alicia Procello Maddox is the president of the Avery Dennison Foundation. Committed to growing strong organizations, Alicia Procello Maddox was a board member of the African American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI). 

AABLI is on a mission to strengthen public, private, and nonprofit organizations by recruiting and preparing African-Americans to serve on their boards. The organization offers educational courses through its Board Leadership Program (BLP) to prepare candidates for board positions. Two of its courses are BLP 101 and BLP 201. 

BLP 101 is a one-day course tailored to professionals who either have no experience or little experience serving on boards gf directors. It is designed to offer an introduction to board governance. Participants engage in group discussions, open presentations, and problem-solving activities. BLP 101 also covers topics such as board governance opportunities and legal responsibilities of board members. 

BLP 201 is a two-day course for professionals with experience serving in board positions. It is designed to offer deeper insights into board governance, board development, and management roles. Participants engage in group discussions, case studies, and exercises. The course covers topics such as fundraising, strategic planning, and succession.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Avery Dennison Foundation's Commitment to The Natural Step

Alicia Procello Maddox is the president of Glendale, California’s Avery Dennison Foundation, a global leader in the label and graphic materials industry. In her leadership position with the company, Alicia Procello Maddox manages both business activities and the organization’s various environmental interests.

As an industry leader, the Avery Dennison Foundation recognizes the importance of establishing effective, environmentally sound production processes for label and graphic materials creation. To this end, Avery Dennison has established four key principles, known as The Natural Step, in order to better inform green business practices in the future.

The first of the four key principles states that a company should never extract earthly materials at a rate faster than they can be replenished. This concept serves both the planet and the business by minimizing the risk of overworking a specific production resource. Similarly, The Natural Step advises companies to avoid destroying environments at a rate faster than the planet can regrow them.

The Natural Step further encourages business leaders to cease the production of items and materials at a rate that exceeds the time in which nature can break these products down. Lastly, environmentally conscious businesses must preserve the basic rights of local peoples. In other words, businesses should refrain from overworking a natural environment to the point that people in the area can no longer comfortably live and thrive. 

These four steps are key components in the Avery Dennison Foundation’s plan to significantly expand sustainable business practices by 2025.