Enterprise Bank

State Senator Jennifer Flanagan speaks to representatives of local nonprofits during a workshop on the generational transfer of leadership. Senator Flanagan encouraged baby boomers to be mentors to millennials.

State Senator Jennifer Flanagan speaks to representatives of local nonprofits during a workshop on the generational transfer of leadership. Senator Flanagan encouraged baby boomers to be mentors to millennials.

State Senator Jennifer Flanagan joined Mount Wachusett Community College’s Center for Civic Engagement and local nonprofits for a workshop on the ongoing, universal transfer of leadership from baby boomers to Generation X and millennials. The Nov. 19 event in MWCC’s North Café was part of Enterprise Bank’s Non-Profit Collaborative and added to the 145 organizations previously trained by the Center.

Led by MWCC Director of Community Learning Shelley Errington Nicholson, the forum also included remarks from President Daniel M. Asquino and Director of Experiential Learning Opportunities and Civic Engagement Fagan Forhan.

To promote smooth leadership transitions and the inclusion of new voices, Nicholson explained the subtle differences between the three generations, including their core values, attributes, work ethics and values, and preferred work environments. Representatives also brainstormed potential strategies for integrating employees from different generations and shared effective methods introduced by their own organizations.

“If we’re going to be fair and provide leadership, we need to structure our environment so that people from different generations and cultures can succeed. This is what we try to do at MWCC,” said President Asquino, who also praised Enterprise Bank for its commitment to civic engagement. “We have to understand the people we work with and how they respond to situations and environments.”

“Baby boomers need to be mentors and help with institutional knowledge,” said Senator Flanagan. “The top people in companies need to be thinking forward – Who’s going to be part of this company in five years?”

Senator Flanagan also referenced the value of her internship under former State Representative Mary Jane Simmons and encouraged attendees to view colleges as “a pool.”

“The dynamic in our office has changed a lot by having student staff,” said Forhan. “It has grounded us in a different way and changed our perspective, and they feel ownership over their decisions.”

“How are you going to know what good customer services looks like if you don’t have those young voices?” said Nicholson. “We all have a dedication to work, but it looks different.”

– Cameron Woodcock

Over 10,000 baby boomers are retiring every day, leaving a large gap in senior management in all sectors of the workforce, including the non-profit community. Are we preparing Generation X and Generation Y for this transfer of leadership responsibility?

Join Enterprise Bank and Mount Wachusett Community College on Nov. 19 as they host special guest Massachusetts State Senator Jennifer Flanagan and MWCC Director of Community Learning Shelley Errington Nicholson to lead you on an exploration of this pressing concern.

The free seminar will take place in MWCC’s North Café, with doors opening at 8 a.m. for a buffet breakfast. The speaking portion of the program will run from 8:30 to 10.

To register or for more information, call Andrew Duncan at 978-459-9000, or email Andrew.duncan@ebtc.com

Raymond LaFond

Long-serving community volunteer Raymond LaFond of Gardner will be recognized with Mount Wachusett Community College’s 2013 Service Above Self Award. LaFond, senior vice president for commercial lending and business development at Lowell-based Enterprise Bank, will be honored during the college’s 48th Commencement on May 16.

The Service Above Self Awards recognize those who have made significant contributions to the 29 cities and towns that make up the college’s service area.

“Volunteerism is a way of life for Raymond LaFond. His generosity of spirit has enriched our region in many capacities and we are proud to honor him this year with Mount Wachusett Community College’s Service Above Self Award for his abiding commitment to serving others,” said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino.

LaFond has volunteered in the community in many capacities, including as chairman of the Gardner Zoning Board of Appeals since 1980, as a former member of MWCC’s Board of Trustees, and as a current member of the MWCC Foundation board of directors. In addition, he is chair of the audit committee for the United Way of North Central Massachusetts, and previously chaired the major gifts division, served on the chairman’s advisory council, and performed agency visits for proposal requests and other various assignments.

For many years, LaFond has served as a trustee for the Angela M. Zampogna Scholarship benefiting graduating Gardner High School students, and has served on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster, on the Johnny Appleseed Festival committee, and as a youth softball coach and umpire for more than 20 years.

“I’m honored to receive this award. I really believe in helping where I can to make life better for everybody,” LaFond said. “I volunteer because I love doing it, and I see a benefit to doing it.”

LaFond, who fondly recalls pumping gas for founding MWCC President Arthur F. Haley, said he is proud of his long affiliation with the college as a trustee, and now as a member of its foundation board. “Mount Wachusett Community College has always been at the forefront in terms of academics, serving veterans, civic engagement and renewable energy. “President Haley laid the groundwork and the college has gone on to great things under President Asquino. I have always been proud to be connected to the school because of all it has done for the students and residents of our region.”

A veteran of the U.S. Army, LaFond earned bachelor’s degree in business administration from Clark University, and a master’s of business administration from Anna Maria College. He has held leadership positions in a number of banks throughout his career, including Enterprise Bank since 2001, as well as past positions at the Bank of New England, Fleet National Bank and Sovereign Bank.

He and his wife, Linda, also a Gardner native, are the parents of three daughters, Jennifer, Karen and Stephanie, and have three grandchildren.