Programs and Events

The Leadership Forum

Since its inception in 1996, the Leadership Forum Series has presented 30 forums. Tyco International has been the presenting sponsor of the Leadership Forum series since 2005.

As the leading business organization foundation in Central New Jersey, the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation works to develop leadership skills, enhance the entrepreneurial spirit and to advance economic development.  The Leadership Forum seeks to achieve these goals by bringing the Princeton region’s notable speakers and panels to share their leadership experience.  At each event in the dynamic series, the speakers describe first hand the issues they faced and the action they took to turn around their organizations to otherwise impact their environment.  Interactive discussions provide the opportunity to discuss lessons learned and the application to individual business situations.

The Foundation meets regularly to coordinate the many activities of the Leadership Forum, including the development of forum topics, program funding, logistics marketing and participant feedback.  The theme and speakers for each event are carefully chosen based in input received from our membership, issues and areas of mutual concern, relevance, timeliness and long-term impact.

Leadership Forum Program History 1996-2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Social Entrepreneurship in the Non-Profit Sector
Andrew Seligsohn, Director of Civic Engagement Learning, Pace Center, Princeton University
September 24, 2008
Lead With Green
David Becker, Vice President, Product Management & Development, PNC Bank
Steven Corneli, Vice President, Market and Climate Policy, NRG Energy, Inc.
Robert W. Frantz, Vice President, Environment, Health & Safety, Tyco International
Martin Johnson, President and Founder, Isles
Paul A. King, Vice President,Sustainability Executive, Bovis Lend Lease, Inc.
May 15, 2008
Leadership Through Team Mentoring
Marc Hanlan, Senior Partner, High Performance Work Team Consulting, LLC
January 31, 2008
Thinking Differently About Assessment – Leading Your Organization to Non-Profit Success
David Grant, President and CEO, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
November 8, 2007
Trust and Leadership in Volatile Times
Kathy Bloomgarden, CEO, Ruder Finn
Ed Breen, Chairman and CEO, Tyco International
April 24, 2007
Organizational Culture: Leadership Choices                              
J. Barton Luedeke, Ph.D., President Emeritus, Rider University
December 5, 2006
Becoming Who You Are – A Lifecycles Approach to Non-Profit Capacity
Dr. Susan Kenny Stevens, Ph.D., Larson Allen Public Service Group
October 17, 2006
Driving Growth Through Leadership – Creating Winning Strategies for You and Your Organization
Dr. Stephen Payne, Leadership Strategist
May 9, 2006
Leading Up- Maximizing Your Influence
Bill Baroni, New Jersey Assemblyman, District 14
Tom Sullivan, President and CEO, Princeton Partners, Inc.
Nino Scarpati, Office of Civic Leadership, the College of New Jersey, Moderator
April 4, 2006
The Board Building Cycle – How to Identify, Recruit, Orient and Motivate Future Board Members
Dr. Sandra Hughes, Non-Profit Governance Consultant
October 25, 2005
The DNA of Leadership – Does Gender Make a Difference?
Liz Duffy, Head Master, The Lawrenceville School
Elizabeth Elting, Transperfect Translations
Christy Stephenson, President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson University Health Care System, Hamilton
Dr Herb Greenberg, President and CEO, Caliper
Patrick Sweeney, Senior Vice President, Caliper, Moderator

May 12, 2005
Leadership Beyond Entrepreneurial Success: What’s Next?
James Hyman, President/CEO, Hopewell Valley Community Bank
Joseph Teti, President and CEO, Triangle
Janet Lasley, President, Lasley Construction
Michael Hierl, President and CEO, Pacesetter Management Consulting
January 21, 2005
Make 2005 a Growth Year – Create Winning Strategies for You and Your Organization
Dr. Stephen G. Payne, Leadership Strategies
October 19, 2004
Leadership in New Businesses: Myths and Realities
Jim Nawn, CEO of Fenwick Group
David Cully, Co-founder and President of Blue Tulip
Glenn Paul, Founder, Chairman and President of
James Bartolomei, CPA, Founder and Managing Partner of Bartolomei and Pucciarelli, LLC, Moderator
May 18, 2004
Developing the Leader Within You
Dr. Michael Useem, Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
September 30, 2003
From Crisis to Opportunity: Reinvigorating an Organization
Thomas A. Bracken, President and CEO, Sun National Bank
Kurt Landgraf, President and CEO, Educational Testing Service
Dr. Dennis A. Hawver, Moderator
May 6, 2003
Corporate Ethics and Social Responsibility: The Call for Leadership
Dr. Edwin Hartman, Director, Prudential Business Ethics Center at Rutgers Business School
Bob Franks, Executive Director, The Healthcare Institute of New Jersey
Robert Ray, Partner, Pitney, Hardin, Kipp, and Szuch
Dr. Dennis A. Hawver, Moderator
October 30, 2002
Leadership in Economic Uncertainty: Positioning for the Future
Dr. Joseph J. Seneca, Chairman, New Jersey Council of Economic Advisors and University Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rutgers University
George M. Taber, Founder and President, NJBIZ
Dr. David Holmes, Introductions
Dr. Dennis A. Hawver, Moderator
April 12, 2002
Creating the Future: Three Dynamic Visions
Dr. David Holmes, Executive Director, Eden Family of Services
Nick Ord, President, Miele, Inc.
Tom Sullivan, President and CEO, Princeton Partners
Dr. Dennis A. Hawver, Moderator
October 26, 2001
A Simpler Way: Enhancing your Leadership Skills Through Application of the New Science
Stephen G. Barkley, Ed.D., Executive Vice President,Performance Learning Systems, Inc.
Joseph N. Schmidt, Introductions
Dr. Dennis A. Hawver, Moderator
March 8, 2001
Leaders Developing Leaders: A Workshop on Mentoring
Dr. Ben E. Dowell, Vice President of Leadership Development, Bristol Myers Squibb Company
Joseph N. Schmidt, Introductions
Dr. Dennis A. Hawver, Moderator
November 9, 2000
e-Leadership: Are You Ready to Be a Business Leader in the Digital Age?
John P. Repko, CPA, Senior Vice President, CIO, and e-Business Leader, GE Americom
Mark J. Meara, President and a Founding Principal, Princeton Internet Group (PlnG)
Joseph N. Schmidt, Introductions
Dr. Dennis A. Hawver, Moderator
December 16, 1999
The Impending Leadership Crisis II – Attracting and Retaining Key Personnel in Today’s Business Environment
Robert Marino, Director, Center for Learning and Development,  Summit Bank
Michael Hierl, President & CEO, The Pacesetter Group
George Taber, President, Business News New Jersey
Joseph N. Schmidt, Introductions
Dr. Dennis A. Hawver, Moderator
June 4, 1999
The Impending Leadership Crisis I – Are you Ready for the Millennium Elephant?
Robert Humes, Sr. Vice-President of Human Resources, American Re-Insurance Co.
Dr. Dennis A. Hawver, President, The Hawver Group
Richard Kaplan, Director of Quality Assurance/North American Zone, Firmenich Inc.
Dr. Thomas Kelly, Associate Dean, Director Graduate Studies, Rider University
Joseph N. Schmidt, Introductions
Dr. Dennis A. Hawver, Moderator
November 10, 1998
Leadership: The Y2K Toolkit Seminar
John C. McGuire, CMC, President, McGuire Associates
Timothy P. Donovan, President, Advanced Innovation Managers, Inc.
Dr. Dennis A. Hawver, Moderator
July 29, 1998
Leadership: Y2K Issues
Christopher T. Mather, Vice President, Marketing, TransSys
Bridgett A. Hobart, CPA, President, WS&B Consulting Group, Inc.
Jon C. Henbest, CPA, WS&B Consulting Group, Inc.
William J. McNichol, Esq., Reed Smith Shaw & McClay
Joseph N. Schmidt, Moderator
November 13, 1997
Leadership: Similarities and Differences Between the Political and Business Worlds
The Honorable Richard Zimmer, Dechert Price & Rhoades
The Honorable James Florio, Senior Partner, Florio & Perrucci, P.C.
Joseph Gonzalez, Jr., Moderator
June 17, 1997
Leadership and Business Ethics: An Interactive Experience
Thomas A. Bracken, President, NJ Market, CoreStates Bank, N.A.
Paul C. Ritchie, Independent Management Consultant
Dr. Dennis A. Hawver, Moderator
October 24, 1996
Leadership in Different Organization Stages
Gail Eagle, President, Gail Eagle Associates Custom Printing
D. Richard Ensor, Vice President & General Manager, Flavor Division, Firmenich S.A.
James V. Gramlich, President Technology Leadership Associates
Dr. Dennis A. Hawver, Moderator
June 5, 1996
Leadership Qualities and Their Development
Barbara Spalding, President, Spalding Associates, Inc.
Charles A. Bacon, III, Executive Vice President, Lehrer McGovern Bovis, Inc.
Donald Conover, Retired, AT&T
James Bowers, Moderator



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