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Executive in Residence for Leadership

Cabrini University invites leaders in the corporate and non-profit sectors to serve as Executive in Residence.

They serve one‑ or two‑day residencies on campus and meet with students, faculty, and staff to discuss their style of leadership as it relates to their work and personal life.

These leaders will be selected for their extraordinary spiritual, emotional, and organizational leadership accomplishments.

All are invited to attend this free event.

For directions to Cabrini, please visit cabrini.edu/directions

Fall 2017 Executive In Residence

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017

We look forward to welcoming you at the following programs:

3:15pm │ Campus-Wide Address │ Grace Hall Atrium
7pm │ A Conversation with Sister Mary │ Mansion Foyer

Sister Mary ScullionSister Mary Scullion, Nerney Executive in Residence Fall 2017

Executive Director and President, Project HOME  

Since 1978, Sister Mary Scullion has been involved in service work and advocacy for persons experiencing homelessness and mental illness.

In 1985 she co-founded Woman of Hope, which provides permanent residential and support services for women experiencing homelessness and mental illness. In 1988, she founded the first Outreach Coordination Center in the nation, an innovative program coordinating private and public agencies doing outreach to chronically homeless persons living on the street.

In 1989, Sister Mary and Joan Dawson McConnon co-founded Project HOME, a nationally recognized organization that provides supportive housing, employment, education, and health care to enable chronically homeless and low-income persons to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Under their leadership, Project HOME has grown from an emergency winter shelter to more than 700 units of housing, including JBJ Soul Homes, which provides supportive housing for homeless youth, and three businesses that provide employment to formerly homeless persons. Project HOME also prevents homelessness in a low-income neighborhood in North Philadelphia. This initiative includes economic development, homeownership for the working poor, and the Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs—a 38,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art technology center that offers comprehensive educational and occupational programming.
In 2015, Project HOME opened the Stephen Klein Wellness Center, a model for integrated health care including primary care, behavioral health, dental, a YMCA, pharmacy, and wellness services. It serves those that are homeless and is located in the second poorest zip code in Philadelphia.

Sister Mary is also a powerful voice on political issues affecting homelessness and mentally ill persons. Her advocacy efforts resulted in the right of homeless persons to vote as well as a landmark federal court decision that affects the fair housing rights of persons with disabilities.

Sister Mary has received numerous honorary doctorates for her leadership in the City of Philadelphia. She was named 2011 Citizen of the Year by the Philadelphia Inquirer and selected by Time Magazine as one of the World’s Most Influential People in 2009. In addition, Sister Mary and Joan Dawson McConnon received the Laetare Medal from the University of Notre Dame in 2011. Sister Mary was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship in 2002 as well as the Distinguished Alumnus Eisenhower Award in 2010.

Sister Mary serves on the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph’s University and the Board of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, and she chaired the Hunger and Homelessness Committee for Pope Francis’s visit to Philadelphia in 2015.

    Participate as an Executive in Leadership

    If interested in becoming part of this series of leadership experts, or if you have any questions, please contact:

    • Nathaniel Pearson, PhD 
      Executive Director of the Nerney Leadership Institute

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