During a visit to campus, Duncan Wardle, Disney’s former head of Innovation and Creativity, led interactive conversations that sparked innovative thinking across all disciplines designed to transform students into strategic thinkers and leaders.
Oskin Leadership Institute
Here, you will find the leadership development opportunities that will put you on the inside track to a successful career with greater responsibility and potential for advancement.
Do you have the courage to stand up for what is right? The courage to forgive? Courage Day inspires the entire Widener community to reflect on courage.
Widener’s Apogee Scholars, winners of the High School Leadership Awards who have chosen to attend Widener, plan Courage Day. Another 100 student volunteers help run the event.
The event is held in collaboration with Widener’s Oskin Leadership Institute, the mission of which is to encourage students to lead outside of their comfort zone, with the aim to inspire and prepare students to become strategic leaders and responsible citizens.
High School Leadership Awards
The Institute, in partnership with NBC10, honors the region's future leaders through the High School Leadership Awards.
The program recognizes students from more than 150 high schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware who demonstrate courage and leadership within their communities. Students are selected for their ability to stand up for what is right, address a wrong and make a difference in their communities or schools.
Collegiate Leadership Competition
The Oskin Institute prepares and supports competitive student leadership teams that compete in regional leadership competitions.
Beideman Visiting Scholars
The Oskin Leadership Institute Beideman Visiting Scholars Program brings distinguished scholars from outside institutions to share their expertise at Widener by guiding faculty and student discussion and research. The Beideman Visiting Scholars program was established by Paul Beideman, current vice chair of Widener's Board of Trustees, along with his wife, Caroline, in 2011.
Duncan Wardle, Spring 2020
As Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney, Wardle led the team that helped Imagineering, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar and Disney Parks to innovate, creating magical new storylines and experiences for consumers around the globe.
As founder of iD8 & innov8 he now brings his extensive Disney experience as an Innovation Speaker delivering keynotes, workshops, and ideation forums, around the globe helping companies embed a culture of innovation into everyone’s DNA.
Past Beideman Visiting Scholars
Heather "Lucky" Penney, 2018-2019
Senior Resident Fellow at The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies
Rear Admiral (ret.) Margaret "Peg" Klein, Spring 2018
Dean of Leadership and Ethics at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
Dr. Peggy F. Barlett, 2017-2018
Goodrich C. White Professor of Anthropology at Emory University
Leith Sharp, 2016-2017
Director of Executive Education for Sustainability with Harvard University's Center for Health and Global Environment
Cynthia Figueroa, 2015-2016
Commissioner for the Department of Human Services (DHS), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dr. Sean Hannah, 2014-15
Tylee Wilson Chair of Business Ethics and Professor of Management at Wake Forest University
Dr. Susan Komives, 2013-14
Professor emerita in the student affairs program at the University of Maryland
Dr. Mary Gentile, 2012-13
Director of Giving Voice to Values
The High School Leadership Awards, in partnership with NBC10, recognizes the region’s high school students who embody Widener’s commitment to develop and inspire leaders who affect positive change. Awards are presented by Tracy Davidson of NBC10, Dr. Julie Wollman, and Dr. Hal Shorey. *This event is invite only.
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The Widener community celebrated a day of unity on the third-annual Courage Day this month, organized by the Oskin Leadership Institute.