ASTON — Leonard Brody, a Canadian entrepreneur, venture capitalist, best-selling business author, and a two-time Emmy nominee, will speak at Neumann University, 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in the Meagher Theatre. His presentation is free and open to the public.
Brody has helped raise millions of dollars for start-up companies, has been through one of the largest Internet IPOs in history, and has been involved in the building, financing, and sale of five companies to date.
“We’ve lived through three decades of massive change,” Brody explains, but the current environment is different than those of the web era or the mobile era. “It’s not about technology or business models. It’s about human adaptations technology … We are rewriting the planet from the ground up.”
In 2016, Brody partnered with Forbes to create The Rewrite, an award-winning series on the future of our world and the way that organizations can stay relevant and thrive. “It’s a playbook for the post-innovation era,” he says. “Innovation as a concept has failed us. It has become void of meaning and thus crippled companies’ ability to respond to the world being rewritten around them.”
He counsels businesses and institutions to embrace the disruption caused by technology. “The ways in which customers behave, what they expect and what they want to pay for have all fundamentally changed,” he believes. “Incumbent enterprises everywhere must reinvent themselves or risk becoming obsolete.”
Brody is currently the co-founder and executive chairman of Caravan, a joint venture with CAA (Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles), the largest sports and entertainment agency in the world. He oversees the building of new ventures for some of today’s most well-known celebrities and political leaders. He was previously the president of the Innovation and Digital Group for the Anschutz Company, a position he took after selling his own company in 2009.
He has lectured at the G8 and the United Nations, and his work has been featured in news outlets such as Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. He is currently writing a book, called The Great Re: Write, based on the successful documentary series with Forbes, which has garnered more than six million views in the last year.
He holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts from Queens University, a law degree from Osgoode Hall, and is a graduate of the Private Equity Program at Harvard Business School. He also owns the Coventry City professional soccer team in England.
The lecture by Brody will mark the sixth annual Rocco A. ’79 and Mary F. Abessinio Lecture in Management and Entrepreneurship. To register for Brody’s free lecture, visit http://www.neumann.edu/abessinio.
Tickets go on sale now for ‘Evening With Divas’ at Oaks Ballroom
Tickets are selling swiftly for “An Evening with the Divas,” 4 pm Sunday, June 19, at The Oaks Ballroom, 511 W. Oak Lane, Glenolden.
The show will feature Joe Staffieri as host and emcee, Lori St. Martin as Olivia Newton John, Tommy C as Voice of Tribute, April Young as Janice Joplin, Debbie Feeser as Barbra Streisand and Suzette Dorsey as Tina Turner.
Tickets cost $55, which includes the show and a buffet dinner. A cash bar will be available. For tickets, call Joe at 610-745-2672.
Holy Myrrh-Bearers accepts reservations for May flea market, craft fair
To help the community with its spring cleaning and de-cluttering, Holy Myrrh-Bearers Church, 900 Fairview Rd., Ridley Township, will hold a community-wide outdoor flea market, craft fair and Slavic food festival, 9 am to 3 pm Saturday , May 14.
Anyone who has non-food items to sell, can rent a space for $25. Spaces must be reserved by May 7. To reserve a spot or for more information, call 610-544-1215 or email HMBChurch@verizon.net. Event will be held rain or shine.
Aston Lions plan Sunday bingo
The Aston Lions Club will host bingo, 1 pm Sunday, April 3 at the Aston Community Center, 3270 Concord Road, Aston. Doors will open at 12 noon. Tickets cost $20 and include cash prizes and door prizes. Raffles will also be available and refreshments will be sold. Players must be at least 18-years-old.
Grand Ole’ Opry singer/songwriter performs concert in Glenolden
First Presbyterian Church of Glenolden, 2 S. Chester Pike, Glenolden, will present an in-person concert by country music performer Daryl Mosley, 6 p.m. Sunday, April 24. The Grand Ole Opry veteran is a two-time Songwriter of the Year, has seven #1 songs, and three Song of the Year awards.
The church is offering the concert to the community for free, but a free will offering will be taken during the event. To RSVP attendance, call the church office at 610-583-1342 and leave a message.
st. Kevin Pioneers Club announces trips
st. Kevin Pioneers Club in Springfield will host a trip to Caesars, Atlantic City, Thursday, March 31. Cost is $30, which includes $20 in slot pay.
Another trip is planned by the Pioneers to see “David” at the Sight and Sound Millennium Theater Tuesday, May 10. David’s ascent to the throne is filled with giants, wild animals and Philistine soldiers. The show is a state-of-the-art theatrical experience with spectacular special effects and live animals. Lunch at a Bird-In-Hand smorgasbord buffet is included in a ticket price of $145.
Bus will leave for both trips from St. Kevin’s parking lot, 200 W. Sproul Road, Springfield. Casino bus leaves 10 am and Sight and Sound bus leaves at 8:15 am
Checks can be made payable to St. Kevin’s Pioneers Club and mailed to 207 Robin Hood Lane, Aston, PA 19014. For questions on either trip, call Mary Nagle at 610-566-3239 or Betsy Boyd at 610-627-4991.
Dunwoody Village dining services director retires
When Dunwoody Village in Newtown Square began Phase One of its expansion and renovation of its community building in November, 2020, part of that expansion included all new dining venues.
Now, as April brings to completion that first phase, and as residents and staff transition into the new settings, there is also a change in its leadership.
John Alberici, who has served as Dunwoody Village’s Director of Dining Services for twenty-seven years, is retiring March 31, and is passing the torch to the new director, Julia McCartha.
Alberici has seen a lot of changes over the years, and he agrees that this transition is an exciting one for residents and staff. Not only will options include casual, waited and private dining venues, but will offer a grab-and-go market and a bar and lounge.
McCartha assumed her role on Feb. 21. The new director previously worked for eleven years with Marriott Corporation, most recently as Director of Restaurants at the Downtown Marriott in Philadelphia.
Dunwoody Village is a five-star quality rated continuing care retirement community on 83 acres that offers residents independent living, personal care, skilled nursing and memory support, as well as rehabilitation and home care to both residents and the outside community. For more information, visit http://Dunwoody.org/.
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