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      Graduate Student Maggie Thomas Named 2018 Tilelli Leadership Fellow

      Maggie Thomas

      Graduate student is 2018 recipient of the Gen. and Mrs. John H. Tilelli Leadership Fellowship.

      Widener University congratulates graduate student Maggie Thomas, who has been named the 2018 recipient of the Gen. and Mrs. John H. Tilelli Leadership Fellowship.

      Thomas, of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, is a fourth-year student in a five-year clinical psychology doctoral program through Widener’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology.

      “It is an absolute honor,” Thomas said of the fellowship. “It offers incredible opportunities.”

      Part of the Oskin Leadership Institute, the fellowship is awarded annually to a graduate student whose scholarly research will contribute to the university’s enduring commitment to developing strategic leaders and responsible citizens. During the yearlong fellowship, Thomas will work with institute Executive Director Arthur Schwartz on preparing Widener students for the Collegiate Leadership Competition, a national event in its fourth year. Co-founded by Schwartz, the event draws teams to regional competitions where they work together to solve a series of timed challenges. Thomas is coaching a team.

      “I feel so privileged to be working with this group of undergraduates,” she said. “They are fantastic.”

      The fellowship will also involve running leadership workshops this spring for students pursuing their leadership certificates. She will teach an undergraduate course as part of the leadership minor next fall.

      “The Oskin Leadership Institute is honored to have Maggie serve as our 2018 Tilelli Graduate Fellow. Our students enjoy learning from Maggie because of her authentic enthusiasm and deep knowledge on how to effectively lead others,” Schwartz said.

      Thomas’ scholarly work focuses on how research-supported interventions from the clinic psychology literature can be adapted and used in consulting to business leaders. In particular, her work looks at how best-practice couple’s therapy techniques can be adapted for use in executive coaching.

      In addition to the fellowship, Thomas is a doctoral intern in the Neuropsychology Assessment Center, and she does executive coaching and consulting work through Organizational Development Services. She also facilitates couples therapy through ODS Adult Psychotherapy Services. 

      A member of the Pennsylvania Military College class of 1963 and chair of the Widener Board of Trustees, Tilelli is a retired four-star general who served two tours of duty in Vietnam and commanded the First Cavalry Division during the 1991 Gulf War.

      The mission of the Oskin Leadership Institute is to perpetuate the university’s long and noble tradition of inspiring students to be strategic leaders and responsible citizens who possess the character, courage and competencies to affect positive change throughout the world. 


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