WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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an interview with dr. sanjiv chopra been a personal challenge. Once a year we take a family golf vacation, have the title, they don't have the skills. People aren't born with innate including my eight- and ten-year-old granddaughters. And I keep in leadership skills; it can be developed. mind that success is a journey, not a destination. In the last three years, I've delivered the speech 90 times, including 15 times abroad. You can lead not only as CEO or CFO of a company, WWM: You are ardent about teaching leadership skills to others. Tell or principal of a school, but as a teacher in your church or synagogue, us more. or participating in civic activities. Dr. Chopra: I became passionate about leadership 12 years ago when I I told my eight-year-old granddaughter Anya that when she's ten, was appointed faculty dean at Harvard Medical School. Being in a lead- we will write a book together on leadership for children. I think we ership position, I read up on the subject, and I developed a talk, pretend- can teach children leadership, such as how to stop bullying, using the ing I was going to deliver it at a Harvard Medical School conference. I medium of comics by forming stories to impart these wonderful skills. showed it to three of my mentors for their critique, and they gave me favorable comments, saying the subject should be taught at HMS. So I've developed a one-month elective for students on leadership. I've found that people get into leadership positions, and while they WWM: How long have you lived in Weston, and what keeps you and your family here? Dr. Chopra: My wife Amita and I moved to Weston in 1985. My wife, a retired pediatrician who now teaches meditation, has nurtured our family with great distinction. Our three children graduated from Weston High School. At the time they attended high school, we found the principal, Bruce MacDonald, to be amazing. [MacDonald passed away in 2008]. He was tall, with a wonderful mustache, and he would stand at the front doors of the school and greet every single student by their first name, saying "Welcome to school!" When our middle daughter graduated, she earned the "Mensch Award," instituted by MacDonald, for students who displayed qualities of kindness. WWM: Do you have any community stories you can share with us? Dr. Chopra: Yes, some years ago, our son Bharet was a high school classmate and baseball teammate with Brent Orr, Bobby Orr's son. We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 Their baseball team made it to the finals, but lost to Lincoln-Sudbury. The kids were really down, and Brent was almost sobbing. So Bobby, the hockey great, told the team they were great athletes, and should be proud of getting to the finals. In front of everyone, his son said through tears, "Dad, what do YOU know about losing?" And everyone laughed, because Bobby didn't have answer for that one. 52

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