West Long Branch, NJ – June 3, 2016 – Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation of New Jersey (NJ HOBY) will host its annual Leadership Seminar at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ, June 10-12, 2016. NJ HOBY will bring together nearly 300 of the top-performing high school sophomores from all across New Jersey to unlock their leadership potential. These sophomores will leave the weekend as social good leaders who, with the tools they have learned at HOBY, will set off to become change makers in their communities.

These “HOBY Ambassadors” will participate in a three day conference to help them hone their personal, team, and community leadership skills. The students will be challenged through engaging activities, participate in a community service project, and design their own projects at the seminar to bring to their communities after the seminar. The students will also learn these leadership techniques directly from a variety of leaders from across the Garden State.

“At NJ HOBY, our goal is simple: we teach our ambassadors how to think, not what to think,” said Shelley Bertino and Siiri Makela, co-Leadership Seminar Chairs for 2016. “NJ HOBY identifies the best and brightest from every community across the state, from Bergen County to Cape May County, and we bring them together to arm them with the necessary tools to make a positive difference in their communities. We are excited about another great leadership seminar on the horizon – 2016 is primed to be our biggest year yet at NJ HOBY.”

WHAT:           2016 NJ HOBY Leadership Seminar

WHERE:        Monmouth University

MAC Center

400 Cedar Avenue

West Long Branch, NJ 07764

WHO:             Presentations from various leaders from across New Jersey, including:

                           Derek Romanaux, Executive Director of Global Investment Management, JP Morgan Chase

                           Kira Larson, Structural Engineer, HNTB Corporation

                           Lamarr Womble, Dream Director, The Future Project

                           Danielle Choinski, Volunteer, Putting the Pieces Together

                           Brooke Hartrum, Resource Development Coordinator, NJ Sharing Network

                           Susanna D’Souza, New Jersey Coalition Regional Leader, Girl Up

                           Joel Payne, Vice President, Qorvis MSLGroup

                           Tarence Smith, Former Treasurer, NJ HOBY

                           Leslie Maltz, Project Linus, Hudson-Bergen County Chapter (Community Service Project Partner)

Click here to view past speakers.

WHEN:          June 10-12, 2016,

The entire Seminar will run from June 10-12, 2016. Press are invited to cover between 8:30AM-10:30 PM on June 10th, 9:00AM-7:30 PM on June 11th, and 9:00AM-2:30PM on June 12th. Press are encouraged to arrive at least 15 minutes ahead of time for setup.

RSVP:            This event is open press, but space is limited. Media must RSVP with the name, position (Reporter, TV Camera, Photographer, etc.) media outlet, phone, and email for each person planning to cover the event to Jackie King at or by phone at (856) 296.9848 by Thursday, June 9, 2016, at 6:00 PM EST. Media receiving credentials to cover the remarks will receive a confirmation email of their RSVP.

Facebook Live: Select keynotes will also be streamed live on NJ HOBY’s Facebook Page here.

Learn More: For additional information on the NJ HOBY Leadership Seminar click here.

Attached: NJ HOBY 2016 Press Kit & Picture from 2015 NJ HOBY Leadership Seminar


About the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation

Established in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students. HOBY programs provide students selected by their schools to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning, and motivation-building experiences. Today, over 450,000 proud alumni make HOBY stronger than ever.

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