Oskin Leadership Institute
- Widener University
- One University Place
- Chester, PA 19013-3792
- tel: 610-990-8962
Dr. Arthur Schwartz
- Executive Director and Professor of Leadership Studies
- tel: 610-990-8962
Mr. Jon Peterson
- Associate Director
- tel: 610-990-8963
Ms. Deborah Amato
- Administrative Coordinator
- tel: 610-499-1339
Programs, Oskin Leadership Institute
At its April 2015 meeting, Widener’s Faculty Council unanimously approved a minor in leadership studies to be housed at the Oskin Leadership Institute and under the administration of the Oskin Academic Committee, composed of faculty from each school and college.
Students participate in 18 one-hour leadership workshops that fit into their schedule. Workshops are exciting and interactive. They are facilitated by a Widener faculty or staff member knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the workshop theme.
Students love to compete and perform. It is inconceivable to ask a college athlete to practice hard but not have the opportunity to compete. Imagine how difficult it would be to recruit students to join the debate team if the students never competed against other teams.
The Institute has developed an intensive and challenging set of experiences for emerging leaders in corporations and nonprofit organizations throughout the Philadelphia region and beyond.
The annual program is designed to recognize and honor high school students in the Philadelphia region who embody a commitment to develop and inspire leaders. High school principals in the region nominate one junior. Selected students and their parents attend an Awards Event at the National Constitution Center and during their senior year of high school the students participate in a challenging leadership experience at the Oskin Leadership Institute.
Voices of Leadership eschews the formal lecture format, focusing instead on inviting leaders from across the globe to engage in a one-on-one conversation across a wide range of topics and themes, including the ways in which courage and character has informed and shaped the leader’s career. Joseph Neubauer, CEO of ARAMARK, was the Institute’s inaugural speaker.
With support from Paul and Caroline Beideman, the Visiting Scholar program invites
a distinguished scholar to campus to conduct research and lecture on topics and themes
that will likely inform and shape the future work of the Oskin Leadership Institute.
With support from Nicholas Trainer and his family, the Faculty Research Fund enables Widener faculty to conduct research on topics and themes that intersect with the mission and purposes of the Oskin Leadership Institute. The Oskin Leadership Institute is currently developing our Faculty Research program.
With support from General (retired) and Mrs. John H. Tilelli, the Institute provides a series of fellowships to Widener graduate students whose scholarly research will contribute to the university’s enduring commitment to developing strategic leaders and responsible citizens.
With support from Vito and Mary Verni, the Institute works with faculty across the university to integrate leadership into current and future academic courses, with a special focus on providing experiential learning opportunities for Widener students. The Oskin Leadership Institute is currently developing our experiential learning program.