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Leadership Unplugged Spring 2015 - Session 2 with Sharon Abrams

Our Spring 2015 series is made possible through the generous support of Bangor Savings Bank.


May 14th, 2015


Colby College, Schair Swenson Watson Alumni Center, Waterville | Directions

Leadership Unplugged is designed to be a series of conversations with Maine leaders around issues of economic importance. It provides opportunities for leaders from all over Maine and across sectors to come together in intimate, relaxed settings to discuss the pertinent issues of the day and build the relationships that will allow us to move Maine forward.

The spring 2015 series is devoted to “Talent Turnover.” All over the state, some of Maine’s finest leaders in business, government, education and the nonprofit sectors are retiring.  What does this mean for their industries, for those who will succeed them and for the state as a whole?  Come hear their stories, and learn what they see for the future of Maine.

MDF Invites You to Attend Session 2:  Instilling Hope for the Future

Thursday, May 14, 7:30–9:00 a.m., at Colby College (includes breakfast)

Our conversation will be with Sharon Abrams, Executive Director of the Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers in Waterville, a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is "to build and strengthen families and their children, instilling hope for the future and a better quality of life." She has been a tireless advocate for teen parents and their needs, having taught and directed the teen parent school program of the Home from 1974 to 1990, when she became assistant director and then executive director of the organization in 1992. Her passion and high ideals for families and children are palpable. She leads by example, believing strongly that each person can achieve goals with proper guidance. In 1978, Sharon was selected to attend a study of the new curriculum of caring by the Kennedy Foundation in Washington, D.C., and was chosen in 1979 as one of America's Outstanding Young Women.

Sharon has brought the Maine Children's Home through its most difficult and rewarding times. In 2001, she launched a successful capital campaign to ensure the agency's longevity; a process that led to the Dorothy "Bibby" Alfond Campus of the Home that allowed for new and enhanced programming, employment opportunities, and a growing donor base.  And, she has brought many honors to MCH, including the Maine Children's Alliance 1999 Giraffe Award, the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce 2000 Community Service Award, and the Waterville Business and Professional Women's Business of the Year Award. In 2003, the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce awarded the Home a Certificate of Achievement Award, due in large part to Sharon's outstanding leadership.

Come hear Sharon’s story of living her passion, seeing a lifetime of change at the Home, and her hopes for the future of the organization she has led for the past forty years, and the children and families that it serves.

Registration fee per person (includes breakfast):

$20 MDF members
$25 MDF non-members

No refunds on cancellations after May 7.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Laura Hudson or Dianne Heino


The breakfast is being held in the Parker Reed Room of the Schair Swenson Watson Alumni Center at Colby College.

Directions are located on Colby's website at: and the campus map at: The map can be downloaded and printed.

Parking is available in the Mary Low Lot, which is adjacent to the Diamond Building.

Please note: If you come in from First Rangeway and turn onto Mayflower Hill Drive, the Mary Low parking lot will be on your right before you get to the Alumni Center and just as you get to the top of the hill entering campus. The Alumni Center will be on the same side of the street, within walking distance of the parking lot. If you come into Colby from the opposite direction - from the Main Street side of Waterville or Fairfield, the Alumni Center will be on your left after the tennis courts, and the Mary Low parking lot will be on the same side after you pass the Alumni Center and the Diamond building.



Phone 207-622-6345


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