Our very own Sally English is one of BusinessWest’s “40 Under Forty” award recipients. Each year, the Western Massachusetts’s business news publication recognizes 40 distinguished business and civic leaders younger than 40 years old. Our 36-year-old Sally is no exception.
The regional clubhouse director for Forum House in Westfield, Odyssey House in Holyoke, and Lighthouse in Springfield, has been wowing staff and members since she began her tenure in 2017. Hired as Forum House’s program manager, she immediately took a hands-on approach to familiarizing and learning clubhouse operations and getting to know members and staff.
“She has developed a strong member-driven culture at Forum House that promotes a welcoming and productive vibe that can clearly be seen, heard, and felt by members, staff, and community partners,” wrote Sue Cauley, VIABILITY senior vice president in her nomination packet suggesting Sally for the 2019 honor.
Our clubhouses offer a community for individuals living with the effects of mental illness to feel supported as they are given opportunities to better their vocational, educational, and social skills.
Less than a year later, Sally earned a promotion to her current position where she continues to amaze her peers.
“As one of the first accomplishments in her new role, Sally was able to recruit, hire, and train new directors for Odyssey House and Lighthouse,” Sue wrote. “Under Sally’s leadership, both clubs are poised to be strengthened and follow the successful path of Forum House.”
Toni Bator, Lighthouse program director, agreed.
“If Sally’s leadership skills are representative of the next generation of leaders I have renewed hope for the future of transformational leadership,” Toni said.
In addition to her responsibilities at VIABILITY, Sally who holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work degrees, also has leadership roles in several civic organizations, including the Hampden County Continuum of Care Board of Directors, and Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival Committee. Furthermore, Sally is active in several roller derby associations.
Sally and her “40 Under Forty” recipient peers will receive their accolades June 20 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke.