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Programs and Course Descriptions

* Please Note: "Constant Change and the New Normal" originally scheduled for May 22, 2014, has been postponed and will be re-scheduled during the Fall 2014 Leadership Speaker Series. We apologize for any inconvenience.


For the upcoming fall semester, there will be five programs, each lasting three hours from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Neumann University’s campus. Please check back prior to the scheduled program to confirm room location.

We have an excellent group of speakers for the spring program and look forward to helping provide leadership skills and training for the current and future leaders of our local communities, businesses, and non-profit organizations.


The programs are listed below.
Please click on the titles to view the complete course descriptions and
click on the presenters' names to read the bio.



From Philadelphia to the World: Leading in a Global Environment
January 23   ~   2:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.

As the world shrinks and evolves into a global society, the demands on a leader are greater than ever. Leaders in this new world must learn to work together collaboratively, overcoming cultural and other differences, for the betterment of society. Leaders need a high degree of cultural competency, as well as emotional intelligence, to maintain effective relationships with global partners. It is clear that a provincial, and a narrowly focused, leader will not work well in today’s diverse organizations.




Jack Ferguson
Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau


Senator Jeffrey E. Piccola

State of Pennsylvania

Dino Ramos
World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia


Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in Leadership
February 20 ~   2:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.

Recent descriptions lauding women's success in the corporate world are said to be misleading. Increasingly, women are bumping into a "glass ceiling." In Breaking the Glass Ceiling (Morrison, White & Van Velsor, 1994) the authors describe the problem of the glass ceiling as a barrier "so subtle that it is transparent, yet so strong that it prevents women from moving up the corporate hierarchy." From their vantage point on the corporate ladder, women can see the high-level corporate positions but are kept from "reaching the top."



Carol Burns
Intact Vascular

Beth Duffy
Einstein Medical Center Montgomery


Carolyn Dumaresq
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Binney Wietlisbach
Haverford Trust



Leadership, Risk Taking, and Resiliency
March 27  ~   2:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.

Leaders, who take risks, can expect to get exceptional results. Leaders who do not take risks are often viewed as ineffective leaders. However, when is risk taking wise? Are there times when risk taking is unwise? Risks must be evaluated carefully before taking action - balanced with the right timing. Successful leaders have an appropriate amount of risk tolerance. They are not reckless, they are balanced.




Marianne Grace
Delaware County

Senior Judge Frank T. Hazel
Delaware County Court of Common Pleas


Will Morey
Morey Organization

Joe White
Get Life Coaching

Envisioning and Shaping the Future
April 24  ~   2:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.


Leadership is commonly associated with motivating staff and streamlining organizational effectiveness. While these skills are essential, leadership suggests much more. It implies foresight and vision. Leaders are not only responsible for an organization’s best performance today. They also carry the burden of responsibility for their organization’s best performance tomorrow.


Tore Fiore
Brandywine Conference & Visitors Bureau

Sharon Pinkenson
Greater Philadelphia Film Office

Bruce Toll
Toll Brothers

Each program will consist of fundamental leadership training in various topics, including practical advice, theory, case studies and best practices. Instruction is provided by successful community leaders.

The cost for each program is $59, or take advantage of a special rate by joining our Leadership Cohort and registering for all five programs for the reduced price of $249.

Participants will receive a Neumann University Certificate of Completion for attending all five sessions. In addition, current students and continuing education students can earn one undergraduate CAPS college credit for attending the full series.  

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