“It’s exciting to have Ted and Josephine share their ideas and help us plan our roundtable-style programs as we wind up 2021 and look ahead to 2022,” notes Danielle Sanders, who leads the Breakfast Club Planning Team. Other members include Jonathan Katz and Lucas Valois.
Volunteering on the Breakfast Club team opens tremendous opportunities for gaining event planning experience, running efficient team meetings and forming new friendships. Breakfast Club programs in 2021 have percolated insightful exchanges on topics to promote personal and professional growth, including The Challenges of Virtual Leadership, How Getting Active Can Affect Your Mental Drive, The Healing Power of Compliments, Is Agility More Important Than Ever? and Staying Positive in Hard Times.
Here’s a glimpse of the team’s two newcomers.
Living in the Berkshires, Ted works for General Dynamics Mission Systems as an Information Systems Business Analyst within the IT Engineering Solutions Team.
He served for eight years in the US Army’s Signal Corp. A graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a BS in Management Information Systems, Ted has broad work experience as a Business Analyst in engineering departments. The father of three, he enjoys playing guitar and working on projects around the house that he shares with his partner, DLE member Alisa Costa.
Ted’s professional goals include pursuing a master’s degree and taking on a leadership role in the IT field. His outlook on life is “to learn something new every day.” Ted is looking forward to getting more involved with the DLE, revealing that “I have a strong desire to become a leader who will help develop my teams to achieve their goals. This organization supports and encourages positive leadership development through workshops focused on reaching my goal of becoming a successful leader.”
Her professional portfolio is deep and diverse, including serving as co-chair of the Bridges LatinX BERG at Northwell Health, being a member of the Diversity and Health Equity System-Site Council and developing a bi-lingual, long-term health program at Lenox Hill Hospital that is designed to address diabetes in underserved communities.
Josie recently coordinated “Rise Against Hunger,” a global service initiative where team members across the organization gathered and packed more than 20,000 meals to be served to various communities across the world.
Deeply committed to giving back, Josie spends her time preparing 200+ meals a week to distribute to homeless individuals in Manhattan and coordinating a Christmas event to feed and provide gifts to more than 1,500 individuals who are either homeless or living in shelters. She’s also a member of RAIN, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide services for vulnerable populations, such as the elderly and physically challenged.
She is a graduate of New York University with a Master of Science degree.
Josie shares that she is “committed to the DLE because of the organization’s mission to help develop our current and future leaders as well as the shared mission of helping our communities in need.”