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      Voices of Leadership

      Nutrisystem President and CEO Honored at Voices of Leadership Event

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      Nutrisystem President and CEO Dawn Zier speaks at Voices of Leadership dinner in Lathem Hall.

      Nutrisystem, Inc. President and CEO Dawn Zier had a message for students during her Voices of Leadership conversation in Lathem Hall: “It’s OK not to have it all planned out. In fact, it’s healthy not to,” she said. “Remember the path is not straight. You should follow your passion.”

      The university and the Oskin Leadership Institute honored Zier at the March 16 event, in which she took part in an engaging discussion with Widener Trustee Brian Tierney. She shared her life lessons and thoughts on leadership.

      “The biggest challenge as a leader is building the right team around you and recognizing your strengths and weaknesses,” she said.

      Zier’s path to Nutrisystem wasn’t straight. She holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She joined Nutrisystem from Reader’s Digest, where she had reached the position of president of international business. Her distinct management philosophy focuses on priorities, accountability, customer-centricity and teamwork.

      Since joining Nutrisystem in 2012, she 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 company’s strategic acquisition of the South Beach Diet brand was one of the first steps.

      Zier’s remarkable performance has ranked Nutrisystem in the top 10 percent of all NASDAQ companies. Beyond her contributions to the company, she 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.

      Widener student Audrey Rucker presented Zier with a Widener Bugle at the conclusion of the evening. The bugle recognized her for success in calling people to action, a defining quality of a leader.

      “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,” Widener President Dr. Julie E. Wollman, said. “Her integrity, courage and commitment are an inspiration to all, especially to our students. We were proud to honor her achievements in this unique forum, where we learned from her valuable insight into what makes a great leader. That lesson is at the heart of Widener’s mission.”

      Zier ended the night lauding Widener for the leadership values it instills in its students.

      “It’s quite remarkable what you are doing and something you don’t see on every campus,” she said.


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