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Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership


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. 

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Recent News

IEL Announces New National Certificate Program to Increase Diversity of Leadership in Major Cultural and Ethnic Arts Organizations

The Institute for Ethical Leadership announced December 3, 2015, a new certificate program designed to engage, encourage and enable arts professionals from underserved populations to become the leaders of major performing arts, visual arts, collections-based and ethnic arts organizations.

According to James Abruzzo, co-director of the Institute and noted arts management consultant, “There are few, if any, individuals from underserved populations now running the major cultural organizations and ethnic arts organizations.  And the pipeline is sparse.  This program is specifically designed to provide those senior arts and cultural managers from underserved populations who already possess the experience, and have the ambition, to become a CEO.”

The Cultural and Ethnic Arts Executive Leadership Program (CEA) is a new, intensive on-site program consisting of classroom training, experiential learning, colloquia, site visits and team projects.  The cohort group of 15 to 18 will be composed of experienced arts professionals, with the majority drawn ideally from underserved populations, whose experience and ambitions position them to become a CEO of a cultural or ethnic arts organization. Underserved and underrepresented populations are not limited to ethnic and religious minorities, but also broadly include LGBTQ and differently-abled communities. In addition to the 10-day program in the NY metropolitan area taking place June 17-26th, each participant will have a yearlong mentorship with a member of the faculty. The program faculty, who themselves are leaders of cultural organizations and who are representative of underserved and diverse populations, will each mentor a participant.  “The knowledge gained from the program and the influence from the faculty mentorships, will produce a group of leaders and will fill the leadership pipeline.”


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