This article appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of Erikson on Children.
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After nearly a year at Erikson, I can confidently say that there is no other place quite like it, both in scope and impact. It has been an amazing journey, as I discovered the many ways Erikson is improving the lives of children and families around the world, and began collaborating with our talented faculty and staff to move our work forward.

Erikson’s work was brought into focus by our first-annual Children at the Forefront Luncheon in October.

More than 500 guests joined us as we celebrated the great advances for children and families in recent years, from the watershed work of our special guests — Nobel laureate and University of Chicago professor James Heckman and Harvard sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot — to Erikson’s own many contributions to the early childhood and social work fields.

This issue of Erikson on Children touches on the breadth and significance of our work, from our impact on education at the school and the policy levels to the variety of careers our alumni pursue. Discover even more by watching our luncheon video at www.erikson.edu/luncheon.

Our work on behalf of families and children wouldn’t be possible without your generous support. I extend my sincere thanks to all the individuals, foundations, and corporations listed in our donor honor roll.

But our collective work is far from done. I offer the same challenge I made to our luncheon guests: join us in helping place children first. The future of our society depends on it.

Best,
Geoffrey Nagle
President and CEO