With the new year commencing, we are pleased to spotlight several of our new and ongoing programs along with notable celebrations highlighting some of the rewarding work during this past year. These efforts have been dedicated to advancing opportunities, fostering entrepreneurism, and promoting leadership development.
Yet, like so many of our colleagues and friends, the dominant focus and concern of the last several months – and today – is in Israel. This will undoubtedly and unfortunately continue in the months ahead. The positive developments emphasized within are no doubt overshadowed; but hopefully shine a light on the good work accomplished by so many.
Inaugural Applebaum Leadership Development Program
In the Fall, Wayne State University’s Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (EACPHS) commenced the reconstituted Applebaum Leadership Development Program (ALDP), with a dedicated commitment to cultivating leadership excellence and nurturing outstanding talent. Eight distinguished Pharm.D. candidates, each receiving a $5,000 scholarship reward, were chosen to participate in this program: Nadeen Abdallah, Mohammed Alahmadi, Sonya Ali, Giang Nguyen, Obioma Opara, Wiam Ouahab, Eliseo Renteria, and Bryce Vanhorn.
The yearlong program is designed to offer participants a multifaceted experience, including curated seminars, networking opportunities, and leadership insights shared by accomplished executives and entrepreneurs to help advance success as a future practicing pharmacy leader. With the collective leadership of Dean Brian Cummings and expertise guidance of Dr. Francine Salinitri, WSU EACPHS Director of Experiential Education and Clinical Professor, and Dr. Susan Davis, WSU Associate Dean for Pharmacy and Clinical Professor, Applebaum Family Philanthropy looks forward to enhancing ALDP’s imprint on the future.
To learn more about the Applebaum Leadership Development Program, click here.
Applebaum Internship Program Summer 2023
This summer, the Applebaum Internship Program (AIP) flourished with an outstanding cohort of interns and supervisors from ten of metropolitan Detroit’s cultural and non-profit institutions: Arts & Scraps, Coaching Detroit Forward, College for Creative Studies, Detroit Historical Society, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Public Theatre, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Zoological Society, Motown Museum, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.
We are proud to highlight the continued growth of AIP over the last year: the program duration extended from six to eight weeks, partnerships expanded from eight organizations to ten, and the number of student interns increased from 14 to 18.
Interns and their supervisors convened during four leadership development sessions, providing key opportunities to engage in timely discussions about their professional journeys and experiences. Beyond the invaluable experiences gained through the internships and leadership development sessions, the true success of this summer’s program lay in the connections formed as a cohort. This offered a unique chance to cultivate relationships with peers and mentors, building connections they can carry forward throughout their careers.
To read more about the Applebaum Internship Program and the Summer 2023 cohort, click here.
The Establishment of the Applebaum Professional Networking Cohort
Inspired by the enthusiasm of the Applebaum Internship Program supervisors who forged valuable connections during the program, and expressed a desire to continue to interact beyond the summer, we are proud of the newly established Applebaum Professional Networking Cohort. The Applebaum Professional Networking Cohort, a diverse group of professionals leading many of metropolitan Detroit’s cultural and non-profit institutes, convenes quarterly to facilitate networking opportunities, exchange valuable resources, and learn from one another. The inaugural meeting occurred at BasBlue, reflecting on the summer internship and best practices for supervision. The second gathering, hosted at the Detroit Public Theatre, focused on relationship building and fundraising strategies. As we look ahead to 2024, we eagerly anticipate the continued development and success of this cohort.
Hillel Campus Alliance of Michigan Applebaum Fall Leadership Training
Applebaum Family Philanthropy was delighted to partner with the Hillel Campus Alliance of Michigan (HCAM) in its seventh year of the Applebaum Statewide Leadership Initiative. One of the main aspects of the Applebaum Statewide Leadership Initiative is the series of experiential leadership development retreats designed to engage and empower students throughout the academic year. Since the retreats began in 2017, there have been over 500 student leaders who have participated.
Applebaum Family Philanthropy had the opportunity to join and help lead a session during the 2023 Applebaum Fall Leadership Training. This comprehensive two-day program is designed for HCAM’s student leaders across the college campuses where they foster and support vibrant Jewish life. Throughout the training, HCAM’s dedicated staff conducted sessions covering various crucial topics such as, antisemitism, Israel advocacy, peer engagement and social media. Andrew Echt and Shelby Bruseloff from Applebaum Family Philanthropy facilitated a session exploring the legacies each leader can create, with the story of Eugene Applebaum serving as an exemplary model.
To learn more about our partnership with the Hillel Campus Alliance of Michigan, check out our spotlight story.
Special Event: Mayo Clinic Awards the Applebaum Family Professorship in Neurosciences
On October 17, 2023, at Mayo Clinic’s Named Professorship Dinner in Rochester, Minnesota, Sean J. Pittock, M.D. was awarded the Applebaum Family Professorship of Neurosciences.
Dr. Pittock is the Director of Mayo Clinic’s Center for Multiple Sclerosis and Autoimmune Neurology, and the principal investigator of Mayo’s Neuroimmunology Research Laboratory. A named professorship at Mayo Clinic represents the highest academic distinction bestowed by the institution to recognize a physician/scientist for their outstanding contributions to research, teaching, and the practice of medicine. Dr. Pittock was thrilled to be able to celebrate this academic honor with Lisa and Pamela Applebaum at the Named Professor Dinner. The Eugene and Marcia Applebaum Family Foundation, and now continuing with Applebaum Family Philanthropy, is extraordinarily proud of their long-standing philanthropic partnership with the Mayo Clinic to help advance their world class research and care related to Multiple Sclerosis.
We thank all of our partners for a successful and rewarding year.