Goodwill Wins Award for Its Executive Development Program



A former assistant professor of urology at Tufts University and Medical Center, Dr. Erol Onel now serves as vice president of Heron Therapeutics, Inc., in La Jolla, California. In addition to his work, Dr. Erol Onel supports a number of charities and other organizations that make a positive impact in communities, including Goodwill Industries.

Last August, Goodwill Industries announced that it has been selected as one of the 2017 recipients of the prestigious Power of A Silver Award, which is given by the American Society of Association Executives to organizations that have demonstrated superior contributions to society. Goodwill was specifically recognized for its Executive Development Program (EDP), which helps train individuals in the skills they need to succeed as Goodwill CEOs in their particular territories.

In his comments, the president of Goodwill Industries International Jim Gibbons said the EDP program is one of the organization’s most important initiatives because it trains leaders who work directly with community individuals in need. He then recognized the program’s participants for their work in helping the organization receive the award.


Goodwill’s History of Community-Building Work


Erol Onel, MD, has built up a distinguished career in the fields of urology, andrology, reproductive health, and pharmaceutical clinical development. Currently a vice president of Heron Therapeutics, Inc., Dr. Erol Onel is also devoted to philanthropy, making regular contributions to humanitarian organizations such as Goodwill Industries International, Inc.

Goodwill manages storefronts and donation centers familiar in most larger communities across the United States. The group translates supporters’ donations into helping individuals, families, and communities to improve their circumstances. It provided job skills training, career support, and other assistance to more than 300,000 people in one recent year alone.

But far fewer people today know Goodwill’s history.

At the turn of the 20th century, Dr. Edgar Helms set out to assist individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds and people with disabilities to fulfill their potential as skilled employees and providers for their families. The Methodist minister and social reformer worked in Boston’s South End. He decided that the best way to help the people of the neighborhood to help themselves was to offer them a means of working with dignity.

So, in 1902, he founded Goodwill, through which people from disadvantaged backgrounds repaired donated clothing, then sold it at prices affordable to others of limited means. While today’s Goodwill employees no longer repair the used items they sell, the basic model of offering both employment and a means of obtaining necessities for only a nominal charge remains, with everyone involved benefiting from the transaction.

The American Heart Association – A Century-Long Educational Mission


American Heart Association

Erol Onel, MD, works in pharmaceutical product development for La Jolla, California-based Heron Therapeutics, Inc. The experienced urologist’s resume also includes a previous position as an assistant professor at Tufts University/New England Medical Center. Dr. Erol Onel remains committed to improving the world for others, a driving force behind his support of the American Heart Association (AHA).

The AHA serves the public as the United States’ largest and oldest organization focused on the prevention and treatment of heart disease and strokes, both of which are among the leading causes of death in the U.S. Founded in 1924 by a group of half a dozen cardiologists, it continues to fund groundbreaking new research projects and serve as a voice of advocacy for patients, families, and physicians.

The organization’s roots go back a decade further: In 1915 in New York City, a group called the Association for the Prevention and Relief of Heart Disease formed around the issue of providing more – and more accurate – information about heart disease to the public.

With its membership now totaling in the tens of thousands, the AHA continues this focus on outreach, with its website offering a wide range of articles and links to helpful resources.

The Boston Red Sox Franchise Homerun Leaders

Ted Williams pic

Ted Williams

Drawing on over 17 years of experience in the medical field with specialized training in urology, Dr. Erol Onel serves as vice president of Heron Therapeutics, where he provides scientific leadership to its pain management division. Outside of his professional obligations, Dr. Erol Onel is an avid fan of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Boston Red Sox.

A storied franchise that has won eight world championships, the Red Sox boast an impressive alumni group. Ten players have hit over 200 homeruns while playing for the team. The top three Red Sox homerun leaders are:

1. Ted Williams – A two-time MVP and 19-time All Star, Williams hit 521 homeruns in 2,292 games for the Red Sox. He also leads the franchise in runs batted in (RBI) with 1,839.

2. David Ortiz – A native of the Dominican Republic, Ortiz played six seasons with the Minnesota Twins before joining the Red Sox in 2003. In 14 seasons with the team, “Big Papi,” as he is affectionately referred to among fans, hit 483 homeruns and recorded 1,530 RBI. He was named World Series MVP in 2013.

3. Carl Yastrzemski – An 18-time All Star and seven-time Gold Glove recipient, Yastrzemski played his entire 23-year career with the Red Sox. The New York native retired in 1983 with 452 homeruns and 1,844 RBI in 3,308 games.