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Widener University and the Oskin Leadership Institute Honor Dawn Zier, President and CEO of Nutrisystem, Inc.

Dawn Zier, President and CEO of Nutrisystem, Inc

Dawn Zier, President and CEO of Nutrisystem, Inc.

Widener University and its Oskin Leadership Institute last night honored special guest Dawn Zier, President and CEO of Nutrisystem, Inc., an innovative provider of weight loss programs. The sixth annual Voices of Leadership Dinner celebrated the Institute’s mission to inspire students to be strategic leaders and responsible citizens who possess the character, courage and competencies to affect positive change throughout the world.

Business and civic leaders from the Greater Philadelphia area joined Widener University President Dr. Julie E. Wollman and the Oskin Leadership Institute for a dinner and an engaging discussion, led by Widener Trustee Brian Tierney, in which Ms. Zier shared her life lessons and thoughts on leadership.

Since joining Nutrisystem in 2012, Ms. Zier has championed a strategic vision that centers on building a multi-brand and multi-channel approach to capture a more significant share of the weight loss market and to expand into the broader health and wellness space. The strategic acquisition of the South Beach Diet brand was one of the first steps.

Her remarkable performance has ranked in the top ten percent of all NASDAQ companies. Beyond her contributions to the company, Ms. Zier leads several philanthropic and community health initiatives, including serving as Chair of the American Heart Association’s 2017 Go Red for Women initiative in Philadelphia.

“Ms. Zier possesses great leadership ability and business acumen, both of which she has demonstrated by guiding Nutrisystem through an ambitious turnaround and growth plan. Her integrity, courage and commitment are an inspiration to all, especially to our students,” said Widener President Dr. Julie E. Wollman. “We are proud to honor her achievements in this unique forum, where we can learn from her valuable insight into what makes a great leader. That lesson is at the heart of Widener’s mission.”

Following the discussion, the Oskin Leadership Institute presented Ms. Zier with the Widener Bugle for her answer to the call of leadership. A centerpiece in American military history, the bugle’s various calls kept troops informed over vast distances prior to radio technology, which is why a bugle is presented to the honored guests of the Voices of Leadership each year.

For more information about the Voices of Leadership Dinner, please visit Widener University’s website.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive, doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The university has campuses in Chester and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del. Visit the university website at