Minneapolis, MN, Oct. 17, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Global professional services company ARAMARK today announced that Marsha Edwards, President and CEO of Nashville's Martha O'Bryan Center, is being honored with the 2013 Peter B. Goldberg ARAMARK Building Community Executive Leadership Award in recognition of her innovative and inspirational work on behalf of community centers and her commitment to neighborhood revitalization.
"This award acknowledges and supports leadership excellence by showcasing outstanding executives like Marsha Edwards
, and the work of the Martha O'Bryan Center."
"I am truly honored to be recognized and accept this wonderful award with the full understanding that it is only with the incredible work of the Center's whole family - staff, residents, and board members -- that this is possible," Edwards
"At Martha O'Bryan Center
, we truly believe that relationships and fellowship fuel change and our greatest asset is being located in the middle of Cayce Place Homes.
Thank you to ARAMARK
and the Alliance for this award and their national leadership and investment."
Edwards joined Martha O'Bryan Center in 2001 and under her leadership the organization has grown nearly five-fold, and today offers comprehensive services to thousands of children and adults to help them with education, employment, parenting, crisis services and youth development.
An inspirational leader and strong advocate for those in need, Edwards
has formed partnerships in major sectors of Nashville to bring voice, opportunity and hope to children and families.
In 2011, Martha O'Bryan Center
was one of only 15 organizations nationwide to receive a federal Department of Education Promise Neighborhood Planning Grant to help revitalize Nashville's underserved neighborhoods.
The Promise Neighborhoods program aims to address significant challenges faced by students and families living in high-poverty communities by providing resources to plan and implement a continuum of services from early learning to college and career.
Plans include a range of services from improving a neighborhood's health, safety, and stability to expanding access to learning technology and Internet connectivity, and boosting family engagement in student learning.
Edwards and the Martha O'Bryan Center are leading the Promise Neighborhood initiative in Nashville, collaborating with 20 other organizations, including the Nashville Public Schools, the Metro Police Department, the Metropolitan Development and Housing Authority, Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, and United Way of Metropolitan Nashville.
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Aramark, Marsha Edwards, Martha O'Bryan Center, Leadership
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