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Pace University and Hitachi America, Ltd. Co-Sponsor Free Education Program For Westchester Nonprofit Organizations on February 16, 2011

--Program to Focus on Social Enterprise and Evolving Nonprofit Business Models--

(Tarrytown, NY) January 24, 2011 – Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT/TSE: 6501) located in Tarrytown, NY, and Pace University’s Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship are co-sponsoring a free, full-morning education program for nonprofit organizations facing increasing demands and decreasing funding.

This year’s program is entitled “Social Enterprise and How It Can Work for the Nonprofit Sector.” The program will explore the intersection of business and traditional nonprofits as well as the appearance of nonprofit hybrids.

Conducted in a panel discussion format, the program will feature representatives from nonprofits ranging from traditional to hybrid practitioners. The discussion will include innovation, governance and leadership in the current economic climate. In addition, the conference will highlight the challenges of economic and social sustainability for nonprofit managers in Westchester County.

The program will take place at Pace University’s Graduate Center located in downtown White Plains, NY and will run from 9:00 am – 11:30 am on Wednesday, February 16, 2011. The campus is located at 1 Martine Avenue. Check in and a light breakfast will begin at 9:00 am and the panel discussion will begin at 9:30 am. Media admission by press pass.

Panelists include:

  • Pam Allyn, Executive Director and founder of LitWorld (
  • Universal literacy through Advocacy, Education and Access
  • Daniel W. Bena, Director of Sustainable Development, Pepsico
  • Nancy Biberman, President, WHEDCo (
  • Interconnected, innovative and high quality solutions for impoverished families in the Bronx.
  • Rohan Mathew, Executive Director and CEO, The Intersect Fund (
  • New Brunswick-based non-profit that trains low-income entrepreneurs, offers long-term support.
  • Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez, CEO, Hot Bread Kitchen (
  • Social enterprise that prepares women for food businesses and sells multi-ethnic breads.

The program is free, but advance registration is required due to limited seating. Attendance is limited to members of nonprofit organizations. Participants can register online at: Pace University/Hitachi America, Ltd. Nonprofit Forum Registration

The goal of the forum is to offer nonprofit leaders content-rich sessions that provide actionable steps to help their organizations weather today’s difficult economic climate. This is the third year that Hitachi America, Ltd. has spearheaded this program and the second year that Pace University’s Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship has served as a co-sponsor.

The Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship was created in 2005 to serve the nonprofit community and Pace University. The Center provides scholarly research, academic programs, advisory services and roundtable discussions to encourage excellence and enhance managerial leadership skills of professionals within the nonprofit sector.

“Educational programs that encourage thoughtful exploration of issues surrounding nonprofit effectiveness and efficiency are at the core of our mission at the Wilson Center,” said Rebecca Tekula, PhD, the Center’s Executive Director. “We are proud to once again work with Hitachi America, Ltd. on what promises to be an enlightening discussion for the nonprofit, corporate and student communities.”

“We are excited to be sponsoring this educational program that will look at the evolving business model for nonprofit organizations,” said Lauren Garvey, Director of Community Relations for Hitachi America, Ltd. “As nonprofits continue to face increasing social demands and decreases in funding, many are looking at alternative business models. We have organized our morning program to provide a forum for dialogue and exchange of ideas about this compelling topic. I am appreciative of our continued partnership with The Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Pace University in putting this program together.”