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.

 2016 Widener Bugle Awardee


Vernon HillVernon W. Hill

Former Chairman and President of Commerce Bank
Current Chairman and founder of Metro Bank, London

Vernon W. Hill is often credited with reinventing American banking. Vernon W. Hill founded Commerce Bank in 1973 with nine staff members. He grew the bank into 500 branches with 15,000 employees, a market capitalization of $8.5 billion and a 30+ year compound shareholder return of 23%. Based on the Commerce model, Mr. Hill recently founded Metro Bank, Britain’s first new High Street bank in 100 years. His new book, “Fans Not Customers” is based on the theme “Creating a Growth Company in a No Growth World.”


Vernon Hill on ... 

Recruiting Top Talent 



The Importance of Staying Positive 



Metro Bank



Creating Fans

  2015 Widener Bugle Awardee


Gerry Lenfest imageH.F. “Gerry” Lenfest

Sole owner and publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com

H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest is the sole owner and publisher The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com. Beyond his commitment to the communications industry, Gerry continues to be a generous philanthropist in support of the Philadelphia community – and is often referred to as a contemporary founding father of the city having bolstered its education, art and music scenes with generous donations. 

Having served in the United States Navy, Gerry retired with the rank of Captain. Today, he continues to play an active role in the community – he is the Chairman of the Museum of the American Revolution, and is a Board member of the Bok Foundation and Temple University. 

As a leader in the industry, Gerry formed Lenfest Communications in 1974 and grew the agency from 7,600 cable subscribers to one of the top 12 cable companies in the United States. He sold Lenfest Communications to COMCAST in 2000. Prior to his role at Lenfest Communications, Gerry led the communications division at Triangle Publications, Inc. Before that, he practiced law with Davis Polk & Wardell.

Gerry graduated from Mercersburg Academy, Washington and Lee University, and Columbia Law School.  He has received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Widener University along with many other awards, such as the Pennsylvania Society Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement, Philadelphia Award, Horatio Alger Award, Association of Fundraising Professionals’ “International Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year” Award, and the Officier of the Ordre National de la Légion d'honneur from French President Nicholas Sarkozy.


Gerry Lenfest on ... 

Character Building



Learning About Leadership in the Navy



Courage to Start a Business



Advice for Young Leaders

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