Every year the readers of Bay Area Parent Magazine vote on their favorite camps, schools, doctors, restaurants, and businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. Those that rank in the top are the Best of the Best! This year, the Center for Learning and Autism Support Services, Inc. (CLASS) was ranked 3rd for “Special Needs Services or Organizations” in both the Peninsula and East Bay this year (link). Thank you to everyone who voted for agency! Please remember to vote for us again next year.
Prestigious Awards Program Recognizes World’s Top Women Entrepreneurs:
The Enterprising Women of the Year Awards is widely considered one of the most prestigious recognition programs for women business owners. To win, nominees must demonstrate that they have fast-growing businesses, mentor or actively support other women and girls involved in entrepreneurship, and stand out as leader in their communities. Many of the honorees also serve as leaders of the key organizations that support the growth of women’s entrepreneurship.
“So honored to be invited to join Female Founders Collective! Such an amazing group of women promoting other successful women in business.The work that this group does to financially and emotionally support new up and coming women entrepreneurs is nothing short of inspirational”. — Denise Pollard, Founder & CEO of CLASS
The Female Founder Collective is a network of businesses led by women, supporting women. Their mission is to enable and empower female owned and led businesses to positively impact communities, both socially and economically. The Collective leads that women have the power to change the world, from purchasing decisions as consumers to leadership and offering employment opportunities offered as business owners. More than 11.6 million firms are owned by women which translates into 9 million jobs and $1.7 trillion in sales. “By increasing the wealth and opportunities for women-owned business, we can significantly impact our communities for the better” — Female Founders Collective. For more information please visit femalefoundercollective.com / #thefemalefoundercollective / @thefemalefoundercollective
San Mateo County Autism Treatment Center Named as Top National Behavioral Service Provider
The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE) has recognized the Center for Learning and Autism Support Services, also known as CLASS, with an accreditation acknowledging the organization as a behavioral service provider committed to continuous improvement in Applied Behavior Analysis service delivery. The Accreditation represents behavioral health providers committed to continuous peer review, measurement for outcome analysis and strives to excel in areas of clinical quality, staff satisfaction and qualifications, and consumer satisfaction. These areas are measured via a wide-ranging audit, including interviews with agency clinical leadership, a detailed staff qualification review, anonymous staff satisfaction survey, and anonymous consumer satisfaction survey.
“CLASS is an example of dedication to continuous improvement in providing effective and ethical care to individuals with autism and developmental disabilities,” said Sara Gershfeld Litvak, Founder of BHCOE. “We are excited to congratulate Denise Pollard, Founder and President of CLASS, and her team on building a sustainable ABA program that has systems in place for continuous improvement. They are an incredible resource throughout the State of California and beyond.”
BHCOE Accreditation is the only ABA-specific accreditation. It provides feedback regarding clinical best practices, staff satisfaction and staff turnover, and consumer protection. Acting as a third-party, the organization systematically measures and reports on existing quality criteria in the behavior analysis community using standardized methods and practices, and accredits only those service agencies that meet these standards.
“We are honored for CLASS to be recognized as an Accredited Behavioral Health Center of Excellence. Due to our team’s dedication to providing effective, creative, and compassionate care, we are grateful to be able to assist our clients in making meaningful progress in behavioral, social, and academic areas. – DENISE POLLARD, MA, BCBA
“We are honored for CLASS to be recognized as an Accredited Behavioral Health Center of Excellence. Due to our team’s dedication to providing effective, creative, and compassionate care, we are grateful to be able to assist our clients in making meaningful progress in behavioral, social, and academic areas,” said Denise Pollard, MA, BCBA. “Our therapists are committed to developing and implementing quality individualized services to improve the quality of life for our clients and their families. We are thrilled to be receiving this Accreditation from the BHCOE and we look forward to the continuous improvement of our services throughout California for years to come.”
About Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE)
The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence is a trusted source that recognizes top-performing behavioral health providers. BHCOE offers a third-party measurement system that differentiates top services providers from exceptional services providers. The BHCOE criterion features standards that subject-matter experts developed to measure state-of-the-art behavioral health services. For more information, visit http://www.bhcoe.org/.
What is center of excellence?
A center of excellence is an organization that values clinical quality, staff satisfaction and parent satisfaction while providing ABA services.
Can anyone become a BHCOE?
No, providers are not given the accreditation, it is earned. Providers are evaluated on a number of measures related to clinical quality.
What does the award mean for the organization’s clients?
The BHCOE accreditation demonstrates that the company meets the highest standards of verified clinical quality, transparency, and accountability. Collectively, BHCOE’s lead a growing movement of behavioral health providers that aim to increase the collective quality of services across the United States.
The BHCOE accreditation indicates that the company respects employees. As an employer, you know that your organization’s success starts and ends with its employees. The BHCOE accreditation demonstrates to employees that their company cares about their feedback, is able to look internally, and can set goals for continuous improvement.
The BHCOE accreditation demonstrates a company’s impact. Businesses across the US use the BHCOE Clinical Audit to benchmark their performance and set goals for continuous improvement. The clinical audit is a great tool to help your organization become a more sustainable company. Think of it as a regular check-up to see how clinically and administratively healthy you are and how you’ve improved.
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EY announces Denise Pollard, CEO and Founder of Center for Learning and Autism Support Services, Inc., as an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award finalist in Northern California
SAN FRANCISCO, May 16, 2017 – EY today announced that Denise Pollard, CEO and Founder of Center for Learning and Autism Support Services, Inc. is a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in Northern California. The awards program, which is celebrating its 31st year, recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Denise Pollard was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 23rd at The Fairmont in San Jose, California.
Center for Learning and Autism Support Services, also known as CLASS, is a nationally recognized Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) provider delivering state-of-the-art ABA services, which are performed within the home, school, and/or clinic setting. We eagerly collaborate with professionals from other disciplines and disseminate data and research in order to ensure best practices and optimal outcomes for each client. We are dedicated to cultivating partnerships with other community providers to ensure continuity of services for their clients.
“As an undergraduate I took a lab that truly changed my life. Groundbreaking research in autism and Applied Behavior Analysis had been conducted by Dr. Ivar Lovaas. I saw how desperate families were to try to find ‘something’ that would help them understand their child. They were searching for answers. For many families, Applied Behavior Analysis was an answer for their child. This is where I got started and it was life changing. I knew that I wanted to make a difference.” – Denise Pollard, CEO and Founder of CLASS
The finalists are:
- 8×8 Inc. | Bryan Martin, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer and Vikram Verma, CEO | San Jose, California
- Ambarella | Fermi Wang, CEO | Santa Clara, California
- App Annie | Bertrand Schmitt, CEO & co-founder | San Francisco, California
- Big Switch Networks | Douglas Murray, Chief Executive Officer and Kyle Forster, Founder | Santa Clara, California
- com | René Lacerte, CEO and founder | Palo Alto, California
- C3 IoT | Thomas Siebel, CEO, Chairman, and Founder | Redwood City, California
- Center for Learning and Autism Support Services, Inc. (CLASS) | Denise Pollard, President / Chief Executive Officer | San Mateo, California
- CoverHound Inc. | Keith Moore, CEO & Executive Board Director | San Francisco, California
- CrowdStrike | George Kurtz, President and CEO | Sunnyvale, California
- Doximity | Jeff Tangney, CEO and Founder and Shari Buck, Co-Founder and Vice President of Product Management | San Francisco, California
- Financial Technology Partners | Steven McLaughlin, Founder / CEO / Managing Partner | San Francisco, California
- Five9 | Mike Burkland, President & CEO | San Ramon, California
- hint Inc. | Kara Goldin, CEO | San Francisco, California
- HotelTonight | Sam Shank, CEO | San Francisco, California
- IronPlanet | Gregory Owens, Chairman and CEO | Pleasanton, California
- Kateeva, Inc. | Conor Madigan, Chief Operating Officer, President & Co-Founder | Newark, California
- Liftoff Mobile, Inc. | Mark Ellis, CEO | Palo Alto, California
- Nevro Corp. | Rami Elghandour, President and CEO | Redwood City, California
- Opendoor | Eric Wu, Founder and CEO | San Francisco, California
- com | Ruzwana Bashir, CEO | San Francisco, California
- SST, Inc./ShotSpotter | Ralph Clark, Chief Executive Officer | Newark, California
- Tanium | David Hindawi, Executive Chairman & co-founder and Orion Hindawi, Chief Executive Officer & co-founder | Emeryville, California
- Tradeshift, inc. | Christian Lanng, CEO, chairman, and co-founder | San Francisco, California
- TRX FITNESS ANYWHERE LLC | Randal Hetrick, CEO/Founder | San Francisco, California
Now in its 31st year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration in the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, November 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco in June 2018.
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EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® is one of the world’s most prestigious business awards programs for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries. ey.com/eoy
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The spirit of entrepreneurship is alive and kicking in Northern California— and we couldn’t be happier to be a part of all the action! Denise Pollard, Founder and CEO of Center for Learning and Autism Support Services, Inc. (CLASS), was recently announced as a semifinalist in the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Northern California Awards program.
As the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs, Entrepreneur Of The Year has been at the forefront of identifying game‑changing business leaders for more than three decades. The program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, John Mackey of Whole Foods Market Inc., Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn Corporation and Mindy Grossman of HSN, Inc. Nominated by Emily Armenta, we’re honored to have Denise Pollard recognized among so many other notable business luminaries in Northern California.
Learn more about the Entrepreneur Of The Year Northern California program and follow our journey to the awards!
For a full list of the semifinalists, check out 2017-EOY-NorCal_Semifinalist_Release