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Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership

Mission

We strengthen ethical leadership to enhance civil society.

The Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership, working with business, government, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, and within Rutgers, provides leaders and future leaders with the education, training and critical-thinking tools needed to make ethical decisions. Part of a broad-based academic institution, the Institute believes that cultivating and rewarding sustainable ethical practices assist leaders to create a more powerful and successful organization.  The Institute, under the direction of co-founders, Alex J. Plinio and James Abruzzo, aspires to a position that leaders, across all sectors, look to for guidance, partnership, and support.  The Institute believes that ethical behavior drives good business and that legal compliance alone may fail to address the complexities of ethical conduct. 

To learn more about Institute programs and initiatives, read our newly released 2013-14 Annual Report.

 

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James Abruzzo to Retire – Dr. Joanne Ciulla to Lead the IEL Beginning January 2018

NEWARK, N.J., October 17, 2017 - The Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School is pleased to announce that Professor Joanne B. Ciulla will succeed James Abruzzo in the role of Director beginning January 2018. After thirteen years, since co-founding, and leading the Institute for Ethical Leadership (IEL) at Rutgers Business School (RBS), Abruzzo will officially retire from the IEL. He will remain associated with the IEL, mainly continuing work with the Cultural and Ethnic Arts Executive Leadership Program, while devoting more time to professional consulting in the nonprofit sector.

Professor Ciulla joined the IEL this year as Research Director and Professor of Leadership Ethics after 25 years as a professor at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond. In Richmond, Ciulla held an endowed chair in leadership and ethics and was one of the founding faculty of the school. Her appointment is part of the IEL leadership succession plan to extend the national and international influence of the IEL, particularly in the areas of Leadership Ethics and Business Ethics. Under Joanne’s direction and Judy Young’s management as Executive Director, the IEL will expand it academic focus and integrate some of the cutting-edge teaching and research of RBS faculty into the IEL’s programs. IEL will continue its programs on ethical leadership for Rutgers students, and business and nonprofit leaders. In doing this, the IEL hopes to offer the best of what the practical and academic worlds have to contribute to ethical leadership development.

“My years at the IEL allowed me to influence nonprofit leaders and promote ethical leadership, combining my academic activities with my life-long nonprofit executive search and consulting practices,” says Abruzzo. Though retiring from the IEL, he will continue in other roles: as the Global  Head, Nonprofit Practice at DHR International, recruiting senior executives to nonprofit organizations; providing compensation consulting and employment contract negotiations to a diverse group of nonprofit organizations and executives through Abruzzo Associates; and, will continue board service on the Saul Steinberg Foundation and the American Friends of Netherlands Dance Theater. If time permits, Abruzzo will resume teaching abroad, building upon his long-term relationships with the Freie University of Berlin and the School of Economics at the University of Bologna.

Since its founding, the IEL has educated thousands of students and leaders in business, government and the nonprofit sectors. The Institute has served nonprofit organizations particularly in Newark and the region through the Prudential Executive Fellows Program, The Victoria Emerging Leaders Program, the Collaborative Action Newark (CAN) program, and through certificate programs in Corporate Social Responsibility and Nonprofit Leadership. The annual business conferences brought together corporate, academic and nonprofit leaders and programs for RBS students that contributed to a more ethically oriented generation of business school graduates.

Concurrently,  Abruzzo helped strengthen the nonprofit sector through work at DHR by recruiting the chief executives of, among others, The Newark Museum, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Newark Public Library, New Jersey Historical Society, Newark Symphony Hall and hundreds of other nonprofit cultural, scientific and social service organizations, foundations and educational institutions around the world.

“The IEL would not exist, were it not for the friendship and entrepreneurial spirit I shared with Alex Plinio, who, with me created and led the Institute,” reflects James. “Steven Diner, the Chancellor of Rutgers Newark, invited us to plant our idea at RBS and the IEL today continues to enjoy the support of Rutgers Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor and Rutgers Business School Dean Lei Lei.” Abruzzo adds the IEL further owes its success  and sustainability to the partnership with the Prudential Foundation and Prudential Financial.  Many others, notably the Victoria Foundation, American Express Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, dozens of regional and national corporations and generous individual donors continue to provide funding to the IEL.

Abruzzo encourages all of IEL stakeholders – Rutgers administration and faculty, the IEL Advisory Board and Executive Business Cabinet, individual donors and foundation and contributors, and those of you whose lives were changed by the IEL - to continue to support the ongoing activities of the IEL.  “More than ever before, business, government, and nonprofit organizations need ethical leaders to build a more civil society.   IEL’s mission and purpose remain healthy, strong and more relevant than ever.”

Save the Date: Join the Institute for Ethical Leadership in celebrating James and his work in the Greater Newark community as the 2017 Steven J. Diner Award Honoree on Tuesday evening, January 23, 2018.

 

Rutgers welcomes New York Times Bestselling Author of The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust

The Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership in partnership with the Rutgers Graduate School-Newark welcomes best selling author Diane Henriques to discuss her book on the Bernie Madoff scandal and the "death of trust."   In May 2017, HBO released its film-length adaptation of book with Robert De Niro starring in the title role and Ms. Henriques playing herself. The film was nominated for four Emmy awards, including "best picture."

In 2005, she was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and won a George Polk Award, the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Reporting and Harvard's Goldsmith Prize for her 2004 series exposing insurance and investment rip-offs of young military consumers. She was also a member of The New York Times team that was a Pulitzer finalist for its coverage of the 2008 financial crisis.

Henriques is also the author of: The Machinery of Greed, Fidelity's World, The White Sharks of Wall Street, and A First-Class Catastrophe: The Road to Black Monday, the Worst Day in Wall Street History. She is a contributing writer for The New York Times, which she joined in 1989, she was previously a staff writer for Barron's magazine, a Wall Street correspondent for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and an investigative reporter for The Trenton (N.J.) Times.  

She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, on whose board of trustees she serves. She and her husband Larry live in Hoboken, N.J.
Click for more information about Henriques here: http://dianabhenriques.com/

Save the Date:
Thursday, November 9
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Rutgers-Newark
More Details to Follow

 

IEL Welcomes New Cohort of Emerging Leaders

After a competitive application process, a group of emerging leaders from nonprofit organizations in Greater Newark and beyond, have been selected to participate in the sixth cohort of the Victoria Emerging Leaders Program (VELP). Over a twelve-month period, the group will meet once a month from September through August to take part in this unique and ground-breaking comprehensive approach to developing both personal and professional goals, leadership skills, and competencies.

New VELP 6 fellows Taralynn Hardwell- Gonzalez and Ali Scott meet VELP 4 alumni Victor Nicholson and Katie Witzig along with IEL Executive Director Judy Young at the VELP mixer on the first day of the new program
           
Research by The Bridgespan Group shows that there is a shortage of senior leaders within the nonprofit sector. This program is geared to prepare those next generation leaders for their future roles by anticipating their responsibilities and preparing them for the challenges they will encounter.

VELP 6 fellows Liz Moulthrop and Abdulai Hussain with VELP 3 Alumna Elena Lopez (Center)

Each monthly session includes formal instruction provided by practitioners and field experts, guest presenters from the Greater Newark area, as well as peer-to-peer discussions led by a group facilitator.  Participants also receive ongoing one-on-one coaching and emotional intelligence assessment and education. Assessment of leadership effectiveness and training in Emotional Intelligence skills play an important role in this program.

Victoria Emerging Leaders Program Cohort 6:

Alonzo S.

Blalock

Executive Board Member

Newark Pride, Incorporated

Maisy

Card

Teen Services Librarian

Newark Public Library

Virginia

Cierniak

Music Therapist/ Education Coordinator/ Teaching Artist

Union City Music Project

Lisa 

Conrad

Director

Newark Print Shop

Adam

Faller

Assistant Director

Princeton-Blairstown Center

Tyneisha

Gibbs

Lead Trainer

Programs for Parents, Inc.

Taralyn

Hardwell-Gonzalez

Academic/ Diversity and Inclusion Director

StreetSquash Newark

Abdulai 

Hussein

Communications & Marketing Coordinator

Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation

Lauren

Kestenbaum

Case Supervisor and Disabilities Advocacy Specialist

CASA for Children of Essex County

Farad 

Lowther

Advancement Officer 

St. Benedict's Prep

Angela

Maceda

Director, College Ministry & Internships

Christ Church

Jacob

Mandel

Gallery Manager

Gallery Aferro

Brendan

Meehan

Boatbuilding and Pedal Farm Program Director

Project U.S.E.

Elizabeth

Moulthrop

Paterson Music Project Program Director

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts

Kacy

O'Brien

Director of Programming

Creative New Jersey

Oge

Okeke

Program Coordinator / Operations Manager

MyGOAL Inc

Stephanie

Parry

Director of Programs and Community Engagement

Newark Trust for Education

Ali

Scott

Program Director

GrassROOTS Community Foundation

Sarah

Sternbach

Programs Manager

Lakewood Resource and Referral Center

Luis

Ulerio

Director of Housing 

AIDS Resource Foundation for Children 

Maria

Villalobos

Service Unit Support Specialist 

Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey

Tonya

Walley

Vice President - Logistics

Community Food Bank of New Jersey

Thank you to our funders, the Victoria Foundation and American Express Foundation for their continuous support of this program.

For more information about VELP, visit: http://www.business.rutgers.edu/iel/nonprofits

 

Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership Partners with Victoria Foundation and American Express Foundation to Strengthen Next Generation of Nonprofit Leaders

Newark, NJ - The Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School will be accepting applications this summer for the sixth cohort of the esteemed Victoria Emerging Leaders Program. This program has been supported by the Victoria Foundations for the past six years. The Institute is pleased to announce updates to the program, including funding from the American Express Foundation, continued support from the Victoria Foundation and changes to applicant selection criteria.

The majority of the seats will go to leaders with organizations funded by the Victoria Foundation or serving the greater Newark area, but for the first time, any nonprofit emerging leader can apply for a seat in the cohort regardless of service area or funding sources. The funding increase will support the extra seats in the cohort and provide scholarships for participant fees, while ensuring the sustainability of the program into the future.

The program will support approximately 20 nonprofit emerging leaders over a twelve-month period. The group will meet once a month from September through August to take part in this unique and ground-breaking comprehensive approach to developing both personal and professional leadership skills and competencies. To date, there over 65 alumni of the program working within all areas of the greater Newark nonprofit sector.

“There are many critical nonprofit organizations in Newark. This program offers top-notch leadership training to the emerging leaders in our community,” said Irene Cooper-Basch, Executive Officer of Victoria Foundation. “Not only will this education and experience enhance their professional growth, but it will build a network of skilled nonprofit professionals who can work together to strengthen their organizations and the communities they serve as well as solve authentic problems plagued by our city.”  

Research by The Bridgespan Group shows that there is a shortage of senior leaders within the nonprofit sector. This program is geared to prepare those next generation leaders for their future roles by anticipating their responsibilities and preparing them for the challenges they will encounter.

“I can truly say VELP has transformed me…I've been able to spread my vision throughout my team and get them to not only believe it, but activate it, essentially building a better group of people working not only for me, but with me,” says Marsha Armstrong, VELP cohort 5 participant. “Things I thought I didn't control, I quickly learned that I do, and I had the power to make my life at work and home the way I wanted it to be… The world should definitely know how this [program] can change their lives.”

Each monthly session includes formal instruction provided by practitioners and field experts, as well as peer-to-peer discussions led by the group facilitator.  Participants also receive ongoing one-on-one coaching and emotional intelligence assessment and education.  Based on the belief that leadership can be learned, assessment of leadership effectiveness and training in Emotional Intelligence skills play an important role in this program.

For more information about the program and to apply before the June 30th deadline, visit http://www.business.rutgers.edu/iel/nonprofits or contact the program manager, Vicki Fernandez, at vfernandez@business.rutgers.edu and 973-353-3488.

 

Rutgers Offering CSR Certificate Program (Corporate Social Responsibility) this Spring

Featuring Industry Thought-Leaders and Trend Makers Lead by Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership and Governance & Accountability Institute

Newark, NJ, April 18, 2017 - Leaders in the corporate sector have been rapidly adopting strategies, developing comprehensive programs, and engaging with stakeholders in activities that are often titled, "Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)," "Corporate Sustainability," and "Corporate Citizenship."  As a result, there are numerous positions opening up for managers in these areas (both as new hires and through internal promotions).  

Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership and Governance & Accountability Institute are partnering to offer the Spring 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility ("CSR") Certificate Program.  This course is designed for professionals who are preparing for a career in the field, with unique opportunities to learn from thought leaders, leading practitioners, and experts from international corporations such as PepsiCo, Johnson & Johnson, Prudential Financial, United Nations Global Compact, PRI, and more.  The two-day sessions will be held on May 16 and 17 at the campus of the Rutgers Business School in downtown Newark, NJ.

Program Offerings

The field can often be an "Alphabet Soup" of terms and the program will familiarize attendees with important industry terms and concepts. The May program will feature two days of valuable knowledge-sharing through workshops, panels, and discussions.

Topics include:  

  • "Reporting Corporate Sustainability;”
  • "Introduction to Materiality Assessment;"
  • "UNGC and UN PRI:  the UN Global Compact and the UN Principles for Responsible Investment;"
  • "CSR - Through the Investor Lens;"
  • "Sustainable Accounting Standards Board - ESG Disclosure;"
  • "The Importance of Supply Chain Engagement";
  • "CSR as a Career;"
  • "The Value of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR);"
  • "Principles of Ethical Leadership."

The two-day, "deep dive" into CSR and related fields is designed for those interested in, or already working in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and related fields such as philanthropy including corporate foundation work; corporate sustainability; risk management; public affairs; public relations; environmental/health and safety; and, ethics.  

“Executives in both for-profit and not-for-profit fields and their teams need to develop the background knowledge, skill sets, networks, and ever-increasing best practices expertise to achieve their CSR goals, and deliver value to their employer,” says Louis Coppola. Coppola and Hank Boerner, founding partners of G&A Institute, who were honored as being "Top Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business." The two have been integral in leading the program’s curriculum design and shaping workshop discussions lead by their network of experts.

Confirmed faculty and guest presenters include real world thought leaders:  

  • Janis Herzig, Senior Manager, Global Public Policy and Government Affairs, PepsiCo, Inc.;
  • Jonathan Pearson, Executive Director, and Director of CSR, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; leader of the Horizon Foundation;
  • Theresa Ragozoni, Vice President, Global Procurement, Johnson & Johnson;
  • Mary O’Malley, Vice President of Corporate Governance, Prudential Financial, Inc;
  • John Wilson, Head of Governance, Engagement, and Research, Cornerstone Capital, Inc.;
  • Danielle Chesebrough, Senior Manager of Investor Relations with United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and PRI;
  • Peter Hansen, Senior Adviser, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and Principal, Hansen Philanthropic Solutions;
  • Cindy Bush,  Head of Sustainability, Tessy Plastics;
  • Julia Silberman, Sector Leader, Disclosure Services, CDP (formerly, Carbon Disclosure Project);
  • Toby Simpson, Program Manager, EcoVadis;
  • Jeana Wirtenberg,  Rutgers Business School;
  • Louis D. Coppola, Executive Vice President, Governance & Accountability Institute;
  • Hank Boerner, Chairman & Chief Strategist, G&A Institute;
  • James Abruzzo, Co-Founder, Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership; and, Managing Director, Nonprofit Practice, DHR International;
  • Judy Young, Executive Director, Institute for Ethical Leadership.

The two-day course will be held at newly remodeled 15 Washington Street, in Newark, NJ, easily reached by train from Newark's Penn Station (with frequent service from New York City and Philadelphia). The business school urban campus is convenient to Newark International Airport, and numerous nearby hotels.  Participants will have Wi-Fi access.  Refreshments and food will be supplied throughout the course, including a special dinner networking event on the first night of the program with guest speaker John Wilson of Cornerstone Capital.

To register for the course or for more information, please visit:
 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/csr-certificate-program-spring-2017-tickets-31078379269

 

Rutgers Appoints Karen Kessler to Chair Ethics Cabinet

NEWARK, N.J. - The Institute for Ethical Leadership (IEL) at Rutgers Business School is pleased to announce Karen J. Kessler as Chair of its Ethics Executive Business Cabinet. Ms. Kessler, President and Founder of Evergreen PR, is recognized for her sound counsel and creative communications approach to handling ethical dilemmas faced by a high-profile client base. She recently ranked among NJ Biz’ 2017 most powerful executives.

“Karen’s deep sense of integrity and her expertise in addressing a broad range of ethical crises will be valuable to the Institute as it grows as a resource for corporations, nonprofits, academic institutions and government.  We look forward to her direction and leadership”, said James Abruzzo, IEL Co-founder.  

Rutgers IEL Executive Business Cabinet provides a forum for C-suite leaders to network, gain knowledge, share concerns and progress the collective ethical leadership agenda. The Cabinet also guides the Institute in developing and enhancing its programs, services and operations.  Members include Cabinet Vice Chair, Damien Atkins, Panasonic North America; Robert Marino, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield; Robert Garrett, Hackensack University Health Network; Bernard Flynn, NJM Insurance; Ralph LaRossa, PSEG; William Heller, NY Football Giants, Inc.; Scott Kobler, McCarter & English; Linda Willett, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield; Fred Bertoldo, Wells Fargo Bank; Michael Ullmann, Johnson & Johnson; Douglas Eakeley, Lowenstein Sandler; and Stephen Pelletier, Prudential Financial.

“Perhaps now more than ever, we need to invest in developing the ability and character of those who will guide us forward, and I am honored to collaborate with the Institute in this work”, stated Kessler.

 

Internationally Renowned Leadership and Business Ethics Thought Leader Joins Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership

Newark, N.J. - The Institute for Ethical Leadership (IEL) at Rutgers Business School welcomes new Academic Director Dr. Joanne B. Ciulla to the organization’s leadership team. Ciulla also joins the Rutgers Business School Department of Management and Global Business as a Professor of Leadership Ethics. Ciulla states, “I was attracted to Rutgers because I saw great potential in the Institute for Ethical leadership to serve the academic, business, non-profit, and government communities.” She is very enthusiastic about helping to build another institution that brings together academics and practitioners.

Ciulla comes to Rutgers after 25 years as the Coston Family Chair of Leadership and Ethics at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond. She was one of the founding faculty of the Jepson School, which is the first liberal arts, degree granting, undergraduate school of leadership studies in the world.

“We are pleased and consider ourselves fortunate, to have attracted Joanne to the IEL,” says Institute Co-Founder, James Abruzzo, “Her values, energy and desire to make the IEL a significant force for good, are aligned with ours.”

Besides her work at the University of Richmond, Prof. Ciulla has had academic appointments at La Salle University, Harvard Business School, and The Wharton School; and visiting appointments at Oxford University, Nyenrode University (Netherlands), University of Fort Hare (South Africa), and University of Melbourne (Australia). She was also the first person to hold the UNESCO Chair in Leadership Studies at the United Nations International Leadership Academy in Jordan, where she helped develop its curriculum.

Ciulla has written extensively on leadership ethics, business ethics and the philosophy of work. In 1991, she began to develop the field of leadership ethics and later co-edited the first major reference work for the field, Leadership Ethics (3 volumes). Her other books on leadership ethics include, The Ethics of Leadership; Ethics, The Heart of Leadership; The Quest for Moral Leaders; and Leadership at the Crossroads (3 volumes). Along with two colleagues, Ciulla also published a best-selling business ethics text called Honest Work: A Business Ethics Reader.

She serves on the editorial boards of the field’s two most established journals, Leadership Quarterly and Leadership, as well as on the board of its recent journal, Leadership and the Humanities. She also serves as a member of the board of Business Ethics Quarterly. Ciulla edits one of the most extensive series of books on leadership, New Horizons in Leadership Studies, for Edgar Elgar Publishing. Among her professional appointments, Ciulla has held the position of president for two of the main business ethics organizations, The Society for Business Ethics and International Society for Business, Economics, and Ethics.

A noted presenter, Ciulla has delivered lectures and seminars to business and government organizations in the US and abroad, and has worked with organizations such as the Brookings Institution, The Aspen Institute, and The World Economic Forum.

Ciulla will fill the seat left empty after the sudden 2015 passing of Dr. Ann Buchholtz, former IEL research director and professor of leadership and ethics at Rutgers Business School.
 
To read more about Dr. Ciulla, visit http://www.business.rutgers.edu/iel/academic-director.

 

New Rutgers Leadership Program Selects Local Arts Professionals Training Program Aims to Increase Diversity in Arts Leadership

NEWARK — The Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership (IEL) and Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation are pleased to announce six New Jersey arts professionals are among the first class of a new training program designed to increase the diversity of the leadership of arts and culture organizations.

Kim Chan of Maplewood, Evonne Davis of Newark, Rodney Gilbert of Newark, Jeremy Johnson of Newark, Marshell Jones Kumahor of Montclair, and Desi Shelton of Camden were selected to participate in the Institute’s Rutgers Executive Cultural and Ethnic Arts Leadership Program. The full list of 18 professionals from throughout the United States and Philippines may be found on the program’s website.

The Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School created the training program in response to research showing an alarming lack of diverse leadership within the arts and culture field, said James Abruzzo, co-founder of the Institute for Ethical Leadership.

“Our nations' cultural institutions, located mostly in urban environments, would be better served if their leaders reflected the local populations,” Abruzzo said. “This program is designed to encourage and prepare arts executives from underrepresented populations who clearly have the skills and the ambition to become CEOs.”

The program will launch this summer in Newark with a 10-day residence, followed by ongoing learning experiences, and a year-long mentorship for each participant.

The six New Jersey members bring to the class a depth of skills, knowledge and experience, including expertise in visual arts, public art, community engagement, and theater community development.

  • Kim Chan is general manager of PEN World Voices, a New York City-based nonprofit that defends free expression and promotes literature around the world.
  • Rodney Gilbert is executive director of Yendor Productions/ Yendor Arts, a Newark-based organization dedicated to alleviating the challenges experienced by underserved artists and communities as it relates to cultural and artistic expression.
  • Evonne Davis is artistic director at Gallery Aferro, a Newark-based organization working towards an arts community that is available to everyone, without sacrificing standards or quality of experience.
  • Jeremy Johnson is executive director of Newark Arts Council, dedicated to bringing the transformative power of the arts into the lives of those who live in, work in, and visit Newark through programs, advocacy, promotion, education, and coordination.
  • Marshell Jones Kumahor is vice president of education and community engagement at New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the resident orchestra of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark dedicated to enriching lives through a passion for musical excellence and a commitment to New Jersey.
  • Desi P. Shelton is executive director of Camden Repertory Theater, which uses performing arts as social activism to encourage, heal and transform lives of the people of Camden.

 

The leadership program is produced in partnership with New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences and the Institute for Arts and Media Management at the Free University in Berlin. It is supported through a special Rutgers-Newark Chancellor’s seed grant with additional funding from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and Wells Fargo.

"It's essential that the senior management of non-profit arts organizations across the country are authentically reflective of the diverse audiences we serve daily,” said John Schreiber, NJPAC executive director. “The new Cultural and Ethnic Arts Executive Leadership program is a pioneering step in addressing this urgent need. NJPAC is proud to have one of the most diverse performing arts executive teams in America, and we're honored to be a partner in this groundbreaking initiative."

A $25,000 grant from the Dodge Foundation supports the New Jersey participants.

“Investing in leadership and network creation plays a critical role in telling and showcasing the stories of the state’s diverse cultures, leading to more robust programming and stronger community connections,” said Sharnita C. Johnson, Dodge arts program director. “The development of this program is especially timely as the arts and culture sector here in New Jersey continues to examine issues relative to diversity, equity and inclusion.”

 

About the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation was established in 1974 through the foresight and generosity of Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge, daughter of William and Almira Rockefeller. For more than 40 years, Dodge has supported leadership, collaboration and innovation, with a focus on addressing the issues most pressing to New Jersey. Dodge also offers a comprehensive technical assistance program geared towards strengthening the capacity of New Jersey’s nonprofit community. For more information, visit www.grdodge.org 

 

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