The Leadership Institute welcomed Anthony J. DePetris as our guest for our third Lunch with Leaders installment. Mr. DePetris is a public service management professional who has held various government and non-profit leadership positions in the Delaware Valley.  Also, he has held several leadership positions within Rutgers University including service as Chair of the Board of Trustees and as a member of the Board of Governors.  He was able to share his experiences on leadership with our students.

As Mr. DePetris noted, leadership is not always an easy process, and our students gained new insights for managing complex organizational issues. Tyler was able to report that through this conversation, he now has a new perspective on how to evaluate situations before making decisions.

Additionally, Mr. DePetris stressed that everyone in the room was a leader, which reassured many students like Joseph, who do not yet see themselves as traditional leaders. Joseph reported embracing a new motivation to seek out his goals, rather than waiting for them to find him.

Mr. DePetris ended the conversation by sharing a list of books related to leadership he has read and encouraged our students to read each with a goal of gaining new insights on the topic of leadership.  The list appears below:

 

  1. DAYS OF GRACE by Arthur Ashe
  2. WHERE HAVE ALL THE LEADERS GONE by Lee Iacocca
  3. THE LEADERSHIP SECRETS OF COLIN POWELL by Oren Harari
  4. LEADERSHIP by Rudy Giuliani
  5. STEVE JOBS by Walter Isaacson
  6. THREE VOLUME SET ON LIFE OF WINSTON CHURCHILL

THE LAST LION: WINSTON CHURCHILL: VISIONS OF GLORY, 1874–1932 by William Manchester 

THE LAST LION: WINSTON CHURCHILL: ALONE, 1932-1940 by William Manchester

THE LAST LION: WINSTON SPENCER CHURCHILL: DEFENDER OF THE REALM by William Manchester & Paul Reid

  1. TIP & THE GIPPER by Chris Matthews
  2. HARDBALL by Chris Matthews
  3. PRESIDENTIAL POWER by Richard Neustadt
  4. THE LAST LECTURE by Randy Pausch
  5. THE MEASURE OF OUR SUCCESS: A LETTER TO MY CHILDREN and YOURS by Marian Wright Edelman

We thank Mr. DePetris for dedicating his time and expertise to our students in the Leadership Institute, and to Rutgers University.