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ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Accenture (NYSE:ACN) has hired Rafael López as a managing director in its Health & Public Service practice in North America. López joins Accenture from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where he served as the commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families. In his new role, López will work across Accenture's child support, child welfare, public assistance and public health practices to shape strategy and identify, develop and deploy offerings, focusing on helping government, education and nonprofit organizations leverage technology and innovation to improve services and mission effectiveness. Prior to joining HHS in 2015, López served as a senior policy advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President and with the Domestic Policy Council. Before that, López was an associate director at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private national philanthropy devoted to improving the educational, economic, social and health outcomes for at-risk children. Earlier in his career López served as the president and CEO of The Family League of Baltimore City, Inc., where he was a member of the Baltimore City Mayor’s Cabinet; as executive director of the City of Los Angeles Commission for Children, Youth and Their Families; as deputy director of the City and County of San Francisco Department of Children, Youth & Their Families; and as senior deputy for Health and Human Services for Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. "Rafael López is focused on improving the lives of children and families in need and brings deep experience from serving local, state and national programs," said Ryan Oakes, managing director of Accenture's Public Health and Human Services practice in North America. "He is dedicated to finding solutions to some of the toughest societal and community challenges, and our North American public-sector clients will gain from his vision, energy and commitment to improving lives and program effectiveness." López has worked closely with community-based organizations as a volunteer, manager, executive, board member and founder and was a fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Social Innovation at the Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders. Born and raised in Watsonville, California, López is an alumnus of Vassar College, the University of California Santa Cruz and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. “I am thrilled to be joining a team dedicated to delivering transformative results at scale for our public sector clients and the children, youth and families we serve," López said. "Improving lives and solving our greatest challenges requires bold new strategies, technology and innovation, and I'm excited to support Accenture's development of cutting-edge, cross-sector solutions.” Accenture is a leading professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. With more than 50,000 people and operations in 41 cities in the United States, Accenture serves 93 of the Fortune 100 and more than 70 percent of the Fortune 500. In the United States, Accenture has innovation hubs which bring together key elements of the Accenture Innovation Architecture – including labs, studios and innovation centers – to help clients develop and deliver disruptive innovations to drive growth. With an unwavering commitment to inclusion and diversity, Accenture is consistently recognized on FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For and DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity lists. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

News Article | May 24, 2017
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STANFORD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) Center for Social Innovation recognized 12 students Tuesday night for their exemplary contributions to social innovation. The students were collectively awarded the Miller Social Change Leadership Award, the Frances and Arjay Miller Prize in Social Innovation, and the Social Innovation Fellowship. Each award is part of Stanford’s ongoing commitment to promote global change through social innovation and to support students who embody the quest for social and environmental progress. The students were from the MBA program as well as the GSB’s one-year Master of Science degree program for experienced professionals, the MSx program. Dean Emeritus Arjay Miller, creator of two of the awards, was also honored at the event for his ongoing contributions to the GSB. Miller served as dean of Stanford Graduate School of Business from 1969 to 1979. During that time, he created the school’s Public Management Program to promote cooperation between public and private sectors for the benefit of society. “As I’ve said before, making money is the easy part—it’s making the world a better place that is the hard part,” Miller said. “I wanted to encourage students to find unique ways to overcome social challenges, and I’m thrilled with the change these programs have inspired over the past few years.” Two social entrepreneurs of the Stanford GSB Class of 2008, Jake Harriman and Jane Chen, inspired the Social Innovation Fellowship program. Their hustle to launch their respective social enterprises revealed the need for a support system for students who want to start a nonprofit venture to address a pressing social or environmental need. Individual recipients of the fellowship are awarded $110,000 stipend each. This year, emerging social entrepreneurs Jenna Nicholas (MBA) and Muhammad Mustafa (MSx) have been selected to test, implement, and iterate their venture ideas through the fellowship. Nicholas and Mustafa were evaluated on their personal leadership potential, as well as the anticipated success and impact of their proposed ventures. Nicholas’ Impact Experience is an organization that brings together investors, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, innovators, and community leaders to solve economic challenges. By invitation, Impact Experience partners with some of the most disadvantaged communities to facilitate deep connections designed to generate trust, enhance strategy, and accelerate transformation. Mustafa’s EasyJob is helping illiterate adults obtain employment with a mobile app that is based entirely on icons and audio. The app will initially help these adults find temporary jobs to supplement their existing incomes. Once validated, the text-free user interface will be used to provide other services like educational content and medical advice. The Frances and Arjay Miller Prize in Social Innovation rewards students who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to public good and is awarded to graduating students who plan to focus on social or environmental impact in the next phase of their careers. This year, students Ali Goldsworthy (MSx) and Benjamin Fernandes (MBA) were selected for the prize and will each receive a stipend of $20,000 to facilitate their transition after graduation. Through the fellowship, Goldsworthy plans to put her insights into politics to good use in the nonprofit sector while Fernandes is working on building a financial institution driving forward digital financial services in East Africa. Fernandes will initially launch these services in Tanzania to support the 80-percent unbanked population. Recipients of the Miller Social Change Leadership Award are selected based on their focus on social innovation through academic coursework and practical application, as well as their leadership within and contributions to the GSB community of social and environmental innovators during their time at Stanford GSB. This year, the award recognized the following students: A special version of the award was presented to James M. Patell, the Herbert Hoover Professor of Public and Private Management, Emeritus. In 1985, Patell revitalized the Public Management Program by expanding its scope to include nonprofit, corporate, and community leadership as well as social ventures and championed its success through multiple leadership changes and economic downturns.

Holocher-Ertl T.,Center for Social Innovation | Fabian C.M.,Center for Social Innovation
CEUR Workshop Proceedings | Year: 2012

Motivating workplace learners to actively getting involved in learning and sharing knowledge with their colleagues is still a challenging task for researchers and educational designers. In this paper we present results from the two-months evaluation of the IntelLEO motivational concept, investigating the role of ICT-supported collaboration and self-regulated learning activities on the motivation and self-efficacy for learning and knowledge building of workplace learners. This motivational concept was evaluated in three different business cases involving 59 participants.

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