Saturday, February 28, 2015
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (check-in starts at 9:30 a.m.)
North Hall, Rider University, Lawrenceville Campus 

Rider University’s Center for the Development of Leadership Skills is proud to host our inaugural Leadership Symposium focusing on ethics and civic engagement.  Our vision is to foster an opportunity for student leaders from various higher education institutions to interact with each other through the shared experience of learning from and dialoging with knowledgeable professionals.  By providing this opportunity, we wish to expand upon a student’s ability to incorporate ethical leadership and civic engagement into their current and future lives as leaders. 

Since the symposium will be small in size (approximately 50 students) and composed of students from various institutions, participants will be able to engage in meaningful dialogue with presenters and share ideas and best practices with each other.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn what other institutions are doing, as well as meet new friends!

Mr. Howard B. Stoeckel ‘67 joined Wawa, Inc. in 1987 as Vice President of human resources and was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility, including Vice President for marketing and Executive Vice President and Chief Retail Officer.  For eight years, Mr. Stoeckel served as Wawa’s President and CEO, and is currently serving as Vice Chairman.  Mr. Stoeckel also contributes the Rider community as a member of the Board of Trustees and our first CDLS Fellow.  In an effort to share his leadership success story, Mr. Stoeckel has recently added the title of author to his resume.  His new book, “The Wawa Way: How a Funny Name and Six Core Values Revolutionized Convenience” will be available to the public in April 2014.
Jon Peterson, Associate Director of the Oskin Institute at Widener University, and Director of the Executive Leader Programs.
Mr. Peterson earned a Master's degree in Operations Research from Kansas State University, and his Baccalaureate degree in Chemistry from Dickinson College. Upon graduation from Dickinson, he was commissioned as an Army Officer and served for 25 years in global assignments as a helicopter pilot unit commander, research analyst and multi-national strategic planner. Mr. Peterson's experience in higher education includes teaching military science at Princeton University and directing the eight-school ROTC program headquartered at Widener University, where he served as Professor of Military Science until his retirement from the Army in 2011.