Voices of Leadership

Annual Dinner

The Voices of Leadership annual dinner is an opportunity for the Oskin Leadership Institute to invite a business or civic leader to campus for 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. 

January 30, 2014 – Ellen Kullman

Ellen Kullman, CEO of DuPont, received the Widener Bugle from the Oskin Leadership Institute on Thursday, January 30, 2014, at the Voices of Leadership dinner. Kullman spoke in a discussion led by Widener Trustee Brian Tierney that covered a range of leadership topics. She was named CEO of DuPont just days before the start of the global financial crisis, and has led the company in one of its most significant strategic transformations in the more than 201 years since DuPont began operations. 

Ellen Kullman on ... 

Lifting Others To Be Their Best

The Subject of Courage

Women and Leadership

Advice to Young People


November 1, 2012 – Dennis Muilenberg

Dennis Muilenburg, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security received the Widener Bugle on the evening of November 1st at our annual Voices of Leadership dinner. Muilenburg leads Boeing's $32 billion defense sector during some of the industry's most challenging times. 

Dennis Muilenburg on ... 

His "Inspiration Quotient" 

What Led Me To Boeing 

Outside your Comfort Zone 

Developing Leaders at Boeing

Moral Courage 

Leadership Principles

Leadership Motto

Boeing's Hiring Philosophy

Watch the entire the entire interview with Dennis Muilenburg on Widener's YouTube Channel. 


Joe Neubauer – November 10, 2011

At last year's event, Joe Neubauer, CEO at ARAMARK, shared his life story about immigrating to the U.S. and how it helped form him as an executive. Below Joe talks openly about his value system, developing his leadership team, moral courage, and the challenges his company faced after 9/11.

Joe Neubauer on ... 

Leadership and Value Systems [28:58-30:05]

Moral Courage [58:12-1:04:30]

Leadership Teams [51:55-54:59]

Challenges after 9/11 [39:42-47:35]

Watch the remaining videos of Joe Neubauer discussing leadership on Widener's YouTube Channel.

Joe Neubauer

Joe NeubauerJoseph Neubauer is chairman and chief executive officder of ARAMARK. With sales of approximately $12.3 billion, ARAMARK is a leading provider of a broad range of professional services, including food, hospitality, facility and uniform services. The company has approximately 255,000 employees serving 22 countries. Neubauer joined the company in March 1979 as executive vice president of finance and development, chief financial officer, and a member of the Board of Directors. He was elected president in April 1981, chief executive officer in February 1983, and chairman in April 1984.

Prior to ARAMARK, Neubauer held senior positions with PepsiCo, Inc, from 1971 to 1979, including senior vice president of PepsiCo's Wilson Sporting Goods Division and vice president and treasurer of the parent company, PepsiCo, Inc. From 1965 to 1971, he was with the Chase Manhattan Bank, serving in several capacities from assistant treasurer to vice president of commercial lending.

Neubauer serves on the Board of Directors of Macy's Inc, Verizon Communications, Catalyst, and the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is vice president of The Barnes Foundation and serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Chicago.

In 2007, Neubauer become a member of the American Philosophical Society. In 2005, he received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. In 1994, he was inducted into the prestigious Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans and currently serves that organization as chairman emeritus.

Mr. Neubauer received his undergraduate degree from Tufts University and his MBA from the University of Chicago.

The Widener Bugle

The most important call, some would argue, was the call to charge. Indeed, the bugle was utilized as the singular call to arms from the American Revolutionary War to the Civil War. Widener BugleThe bugle is a centerpiece in American military history. Prior to radio technology, keeping troops informed over vast distances was made possible by the bugle. Bugle calls were created to relay specific pieces of information, from wake-up to end of day calls. 

The bugle calls people to action, and this ability is a defining quality of a leader. To recognize those who have answered the call to lead, the university presents The Widener Bugle to each individual who speaks at our Voices of Leadership Series.