2007 Annual Student Leadership Conference
Rutgers College Avenue Campus Multipurpose Room
March 25, 2007, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Annual Student Leadership Conference Agenda
Dress Code: Business Casual
Registration -- 9:00-9:30 a.m. (date of
(We strongly recommend that users register
online to reserve their seat at the conference;
limited seats available)
Complimentary Breakfast -- 9:00-9:30
-- 9:30-9:40 a.m.
Dean Gustav Friedrich, SCILS
Gustav W. Friedrich is Professor II and Dean in
the School of Communication, Information and
Library Studies at Rutgers University. He is a
former president of the National Communication
Association. His publications appear in such
journals as Communication Education,
Communication Monographs, Journal of
Communication, and Journal of Personality
and Social Psychology. He is author/editor
of 16 books for publishers including Lawrence
Erlbaum, St. Martin’s Press, and Houghton
Mifflin. His honors and awards include: O.U.
Presidential Professor; Kenneth E. Crook Faculty
Award; Josh Lee Service Award; Henry Daniel
Rinsland Memorial Award for Excellence in
Educational Research; Regents’ Award for
Superior Teaching; and Golden Anniversary Award.
His research interests are in communication
theory and in instructional and applied
-- 9:40-10:30 am
Dr. Geoffrey Tumlin --
Speech Description: Geoffrey Tumlin's
presentation will focus on key principles of
ethical leadership and discuss the things that
leaders do. Geoffrey will also discuss
contemporary challenges and issues facing
Geoffrey R. Tumlin is the Assistant Director of
the Center for Ethical Leadership in the Lyndon
B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the
University of Texas at Austin. Geoffrey holds a
Ph.D. and an M.A. degree from the University of
Texas at Austin. His areas of expertise are
leadership, communication, generational trends
and human interaction and Geoffrey has taught
various college courses in leadership,
communication, management, and interpersonal
interaction. He currently teaches a large
undergraduate course at the University of Texas
entitled "Fundamentals of Ethical Leadership"
and is involved in ongoing research on
generational differences and trends,
organizational dynamics, employee - supervisor
relationships and the communication of difficult
messages. Geoffrey has served as a business
consultant for numerous organizations, including
Shell Oil, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Hibernia
National Bank, Reagan National Advertising,
Riata Luxury Apartment Homes, Blue Star
Management, Highland Park Independent School
District and the Elgin, Illinois Police
Geoffrey holds a Bachelor of Science degree from
the United States Military
Academy at West Point. Upon graduation from West
Point, Geoffrey was
commissioned as an infantry officer in the army
and spent the majority of
his military service in various positions within
the 25th Light Infantry
Division in Hawaii.
Break -- 10:30-10:40 a.m.
Workshops -- 10:40-11:30 a.m.
Choose 1 of 4
Dr. Brent Ruben
Workshop description: Over the years, each
of us develops our own approach to interacting
with others. One important aspect of this
approach is how we influence -- and our
influenced by -- others in social and work
situations. Broadly speaking, this is what
leadership is all about. Understanding our own
leadership styles, and how we affect others, can
be extremely helpful in increasing our social
and professional competence. This session will
provide an opportunity for participants to
complete the Leadership Style Inventory (LSI)
and to discuss the results and their
implications for a social and work
Biography: Brent D. Ruben (Ph.D., University
of Iowa), is Professor II of communication and,
and executive director of the Center for
Organizational Development and Leadership at
Rutgers University. He conducts research,
teaches, publishes, and provides professional
consultation nationally and internationally in
the areas of leadership, assessment, planning
and continuous improvement. His recent books
include What Leaders Need to Know and Do (NACUBO,
2006), Pursuing Excellence in Higher Education (Jossey-Bass,
2004), and Excellence in Higher Education Guide:
An Integrated Approach to Assessment, Planning,
and Improvement in Colleges and Universities (NACUBO,
Mr. Michael St. Clair
Workshop Description: “Your personal success
is likely to be determined not by what you know,
by how well you communicate what you know.” –
Throughout your career, you’ll be required to
deliver many presentations. Your success will,
at least in part, be based upon your ability to
reach groups through the spoken word. Using a
process called the “mind map,” we’ll discuss how
to structure and deliver an effective
Biography: Michael St. Clair has taught the
Approaches To Leadership course at Rutgers as a
part-time lecturer since 1990. Mr. St. Clair
retired in 2006 after a 31 year career in
financial services, the last ten as President of
Educators Retirement Services, a division of
Mr. St. Clair’s education includes a J.D. degree
from the Seton Hall University School of Law and
a M.A. degree in American Studies. He is a
member of the New Jersey Bar and a Registered
Principal with the National Association of
Mr. St. Clair resides in Westfield, New Jersey.
Ms. Cheryl Wilson -- TBA
Teamwork and your Myers-Briggs Personality
Mr. David Bills
Workshop Description: In this seminar you
will take a personality assessment; be
introduced to the Myers-Briggs theory of
personality style (which is based upon the work
of Swiss psychologist Carl Jung); and discuss
and receive handouts on your unique personality
style preferences and its leadership and
Biography: "David Bills, Assistant Director,
Rutgers University Career Services. David joined
Rutgers-New Brunswick Career Services as an
Assistant Director in 2001. From 1998 to 2001 .
He was a staff career counselor for the
Rutgers-Newark Career Development Center. David
holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology
and a bachelor’s in psychology, both from
Rutgers. He specializes in: helping creative and
unconventional students/alumni with major and
career decision making; counseling
undergraduate/graduate students and alumni on
majors, careers and job searching in the arts,
social sciences, humanities, communications and
education; and assessing personality style
preferences as a certified administrator of the
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)."
Panel Discussion -- 11:35-12:30 p.m.
Ethical Climate on a College Campus"
-- 11:35 - 11:50 a.m.
President Emeritus Francis Lawrence
Dr. Lawrence will present the results from
recent surveys that asked Rutgers students and
faculty for their observations and beliefs on
the ethical climate of their campus.
Francis L. Lawrence, President Emeritus of
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is a University Professor and a fellow of the
Center for Organizational Development and
Leadership. His new book, Leadership in Higher
Education: Views from the Presidency, was issued
in June of 2006 by Transaction Publishers.
As Rutgers’ 18th president, Lawrence served from
October of 1990 through October of 2002. During
his tenure Rutgers increased the quality of its
student body, retained its best faculty, added
to its prestige with new hires, and raised its
national profile. He worked with the university
community to improve Rutgers’ undergraduate
education, fortify its academic strengths, and
increase its external support. Under his
leadership, the university undertook the largest
and most successful major fund campaign in its
"Corporate Social Responsibility: What it Means
and Why it Matters to all of Us." -- 11:50-12:05
Dr. Michael Bzdak
Speech Description: The past three decades
have witnessed a dramatic surge in the practice
of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Books,
articles and academic courses on CSR have
appeared in increasing numbers. However, there
has not been sufficient attention paid to CSR as
a practice that affects all members of society.
At the heart of CSR is a call for more
transparency on the part of corporations and
more engagement with stakeholders. Why should
this matter to students at a public university?
The two most obvious reasons are that many
current students are the business leaders of
tomorrow. Second, all of us are stakeholders and
are affected by the actions of corporations and,
more important, we can all influence the
behavior of corporations.
This presentation will examine the history of
CSR with special attention given to the roles we
play as stakeholders and the role some students
may play in the future of CSR.
Biography: As a director of Corporate
Contributions at Johnson & Johnson, Michael
Bzdak manages the Corporation’s philanthropic
support of K-12 education, a school-to-career
initiative, the Johnson & Johnson School Nurse
Fellowship Program as well as volunteerism and
art/cultural affairs. He is also responsible for
emerging initiatives in the arts and healing and
the environment. Michael has been an employee of
Johnson & Johnson since 1990.
He serves on the Conference Board’s
Business/Education Council, the New Jersey
Business Coalition for Educational Excellence as
well as New Jersey’s Governor’s Advisory Council
on Volunteerism and Community Service.
Additionally, he has served on the board of the
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation as well as the New
Jersey Council for the Humanities where he
recently completed a term as chairman of the
board of directors.
He received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth
University and an MA and Ph.D. from Rutgers
University. His academic studies in art history
focus on medieval imagery associated with wisdom
and learning. He is a visiting part-time
lecturer in the Art History Department at
Rutgers University where he has developed
courses on the relationship of the arts and
business in American art. He also recently
helped to develop a course on communicating
corporate social responsibility in the School of
Communications, Information and Library Studies
at Rutgers University.
a New Culture of Public Service"
Ms. Heather Taylor
Speech Description: New Jersey has begun to
make significant progress in addressing its
pervasive political corruption problem. The
adoption of one of the strongest government
reform laws in the nation, coupled with the
effective job being done by U.S. Attorney Chris
Christie, is beginning to change New Jersey's
political culture. More elected officials of
both parties are now answering the electorate's
insistent call for reform. But this reform
promise will be incomplete unless these changes
are accompanied by systemic ones that encourage
the development of new citizen leaders in our
government and politics.
Biography: Heather Taylor, Communications
Director, Citizens' Campaign
Heather is a spokesperson for the Citizens'
Campaign and an advocate for
government reform and citizen leadership. She is
the staff liaison to
the Citizens' Campaign's Legal Task Force which
reform laws and legal resources for citizens.
Heather graduated from
Rutgers University in 2002 with a double major
in Political Science and
Journalism & Mass Media Studies. While at
Rutgers, Heather worked for
the Citizenship And Service Education (CASE)
program as a
Service-Learning Advocate. Heather also
currently serves on the board of
the NJ Foundation of Open Government."
Complimentary Lunch -- 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Panel -- 1:35-2:30p.m.
a Tobacco Company be Responsible”
Ms. Vanessa S. Greer -- Philip Morris
Speech Description: What does a company that
went from being the "Best Place in America to
Work" to "The Most Reviled Company in America"
do to become respected by society and retain its
license to operate. That
is the issue that will be discussed.
Biography: Vanessa Greer is a District Sales
Manager with Philip Morris, USA and in that
capacity manages and leads a $250 million
operation and an organization of 30 individuals.
Prior to her current position, she has worked in
trade marketing with Philip Morris assisting in
the design and rollout of sales and marketing
programs. In addition, she has worked in IS and
Consumer Research with Philip Morris designing
software applications for the field sales force.
She has been an account manager and sold to such
businesses as 7-11 and Texaco. She began her
career with Philip Morris as a Territory Sales
Ms. Greer earned a BS in Communications from
Leadership & Ethics -- 1:50-2:05
Mr. Nicholas F. Calleo --
United States Drug Enforcement Administration
June 1988, Mr. Nicholas F. Calleo started his
career in law enforcement as a Deputy US Marshal
with the US Marshal Service in New York City.
In July 1991, Mr. Calleo joined the DEA and
became a Special Agent (S/A) assigned to the
Newark, NJ Office. Special Agent Calleo
conducted numerous investigations targeting
international drug trafficking organizations in
the New Jersey and New York areas. During this
time, S/A Calleo was also assigned to the
Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Team which
has the responsibility for identifying and
cleaning up makeshift laboratories used to
produce illegal drugs.
In January 1998, S/A Calleo was given the
position of back-up supervisor in the New Jersey
Division Task Force. S/A Calleo’s duties
included providing supervision and guidance to
state and local police officers assigned to the
DEA Task Force. In June 2003, the Newark
Division Task Group was appointed the money
laundering group for the New Jersey Division.
The DEA Money Laundering Group is responsible
for tracking and intercepting the illegal flow
of drug proceeds. In August 2004, S/A Calleo was
named the Demand Reduction Coordinator (DRC) for
the New Jersey Division.
As a native of New Jersey, SA Calleo earned his
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science
from Rutgers-Newark University.
in Retailing: Leadership at a Fortune 50
Dr. John L Colaizzi -
Walgreens - 2:05-2:20
Speech Description: The success of any
business depends entirely upon the character of
the people conducting it. Companies that
practice ethical values, that try to do what's
right, are companies that perform much better.
They do better for the business. They do better
for their employees, and they do better for
their shareholders, too.
Biography: Dr. John Colaizzi, Jr. has
been with the Walgreen Co. for 10 years,
beginning as a pharmacist, and then as Pharmacy
Manager at pharmacies in Woodbridge, Linden, and
Elizabeth, NJ. He is currently the District
Pharmacy Supervisor for the New Jersey East
DIstrict of the Company, supervising operations
for locations in Bergen, Hudson, Essex,
Middlesex, and Monmouth Counties, with annual
revenues of approximately $200 million.
Additionally, he sits on the Board of Trustees,
and Government and Public Affairs Committee of
the New Jersey Pharmacists Association, and
serves on Duramed Pharmaceutical's Plan B®
A native of New Jersey, Dr. Colaizzi received
his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, and Doctor
of Pharmacy degrees from the Ernest Mario School
of Pharmacy, Rutgers University.
Closing Remarks -- 2:30-2:40 p.m.
Conference Survey -- 2:30-2:40 p.m.
Networking Social -- 2:40-3:30 p.m.