NJ HOBY 2016: Call for Speaker Nominations

New Jersey HOBY’s Programming and Community Service Team recruits inspiring speakers whose professional and personal experiences can provide our ambassadors with a perspective on what real leadership looks like in practice. We look for speakers to open and close our program, as well as to deliver keynote addresses on personal leadership, group leadership, and leadership for societyessentially public service. Diversityin all its formsis a core tenant of our program, and we constantly strive to ensure that our ambassadors walk away from HOBY ready to make a difference in their communities and having connected on a personal level to one or more of the leadership narratives they heard.

Do you know someone who would be an OUTSTANDING speaker for HOBY? We want to hear from you! Please fill out this form to nominate an individual or group to speak at our upcoming conference. Self nominations are accepted. If you have any questions please contact programs@njhoby.org. Thank you!

NJ HOBY 2016: Call for Community Service Project Outside Partner

At NJ HOBY, we also conduct a two hour Community Service Project (CSP) that all of our nearly 300 students and nearly 100 staff participate in. For the CSP, NJ HOBY partners with outside organizations that can benefit from our volunteer service. We ask that this outside organization introduce the issue that the CSP will touch on, provide instructions for the CSP itself, and to conduct a debrief with our ambassadors after the completion of the CSP. We are open to multiple projects that split our seminar as well as off-site options. If you represent an organization that would like to co-sponsor a community service project, please contact us at service@njhoby.org. Thank you!

2015 Leadership Seminar Speakers

Cory Booker
United States Senator of New Jersey
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Cory Booker

Cory A. Booker, a Senator from New Jersey; born on April 27, 1969, in Washington, D.C.; graduated Northern Valley Regional High School, Old Tappan, N.J., 1987; B.A., Stanford University, 1991; M.A., Stanford University, 1992; attended The Queen’s College, University of Oxford, Oxford, England, as a Rhodes Scholar and received a graduate degree in 1994; J.D., Yale Law School, 1997; worked as an attorney in the non-profit sector; Newark City Council 1998-2002; Mayor of Newark, N.J. 2006-2013; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in a special election on October 16, 2013, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Frank Lautenberg, a seat subsequently held by appointed senator Jeffrey Chiesa, and took the oath of office on October 31, 2013, for the term ending January 3, 2015.

Dr. Bud Warner
Chair of the Department of Human Service Studies at Elon University
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Bud Warner

Dr. Bud Warner currently is the Chair of the Department of Human Service Studies at Elon University in North Carolina, where he has also served as the Faculty Fellow for Civic Engagement. A graduate of Malone University, Dr. Warner has an MSSA and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to entering academics, he worked with juvenile delinquency and child welfare, and was a county-level administrator for social service programs. As an academic, he has been on the faculty at 3 colleges and has served in administrative ranks, including serving as the academic dean at Presbyterian College. Dr. Warner teaches courses on leadership at Elon University, where he also mentors undergraduate research, has lead study abroad courses, and lead the 2015 cohort of Periclean Scholars. His own research interests include the roles of mental health providers in the military and assessing community capacity to engage with university students.

Dr. Mehdi Moutahir
Associate Professor of Management in the School of Business at Johnson & Wales University
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Mehdi Moutahir

Mehdi Moutahir is an associate professor of management in the School of Business at Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island. Mehdi teaches courses in entrepreneurship, international business, and organizational behavior.

Outside of the classroom, Mehdi is a senior advisor for Community Action Association, a service learning organization that facilitates domestic and international community based experiential education opportunities. Originally from Morocco, Mehdi lived in Sweden and France, and has a passion for international culture and travel. Some of the destinations where he led international service learning trips include Australia, China, Morocco, and Mexico. During his international experiences Mehdi has earned an MBA with a focus organizational leadership and is currently investigating the influence of social capital on employee engagement as part of his doctoral research at Northeastern University. Mehdi recently earned a Campus Compact presidential fellowship to investigate faculty and student leadership, motivation, and engagement within the context of service-learning programs.

Kerry Magro
Social Marketing Coordinator at Autism Speaks and National Speaker
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Kerry Magro

Kerry Magro is an award winning national speaker who is on the autism spectrum. A recent Masters graduate from Seton Hall University, he is CEO and Founder of KFM Making a Difference, a non-profit corporation focused on disability advocacy and housing. Kerry, a professional member of the National Speakers Association, has spoken at more than 400 venues across the country and Canada since starting college in 2007. One of his recent accomplishments was consulting for the 2012 motion picture hit “Joyful Noise” starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton. The film earned over 30 million dollars in theaters worldwide! Kerry is now consulting for two more films set to come out in 2015 including “Jane Wants a Boyfriend” and “Don’t’ Foil My Plans.” Kerry’s first book, “Defining Autism From The Heart,” which came out in July 2013, went to #1 on Amazon’s Best Seller List for Special Need Parenting. Kerry currently resides in New Jersey and works in New York doing Social Marketing for Autism Speaks.

Dan Coviello
Former United Nations Sustainable Development Policy Analyst Intern

Dan Coviello

Daniel N. Coviello specializes in youth empowerment and environmental policy issues. Dan has a vast experience within the United Nations system. He served as Chair of the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) Youth Representative Program and member of the Planning Committee of 65th UN Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference, and worked as policy analysis intern at the UN Division for Sustainable Development. Dan also served as UN NGO Representative for Tarumitra, an India-based NGO that advocates for youth involvement in sustainable development initiatives. He is a board member at the Global Institute for Youth. Dan holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering and an M.A. in Environmental Policy Design, both from Lehigh University.

Eric Fuchs-Stengel
Executive Director and Founder of Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization (MEVO)
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Eric Fuchs-Stengel

Eric is the Executive Director and Founder of Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization (MEVO), a youth lead environmental organization in the northern New Jersey. He graduated from the New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study majoring in Environmental Sustainability and Social Change with a minor in Environmental Studies. He has worked for many environmental organizations such as City GrowersNew York-New Jersey Trail ConferenceGreenpeaceAmeriCorps, Rockland Conservation & Service Corps, and the Energy Action Coalition. Eric has worked internationally and, in the summer of 2011, studied eastern Himalayan forests and rural livelihoods with the School for Field Studies in Bhutan.

            Among the many honors Eric has received for his work thus far, in 2014 he was declared a “New Jersey Hero,” by New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie; he is the 29th New Jersey Hero to date. That same year he was also awarded the National Jefferson Award for Public Service, “The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Outstanding Public Service Benefiting Local Communities.” The Jefferson Award is positioned as the, “Nobel Prize for Public Service,” and is considered the nation’s highest honor for community service; Eric is one of only two hundred people in the world since 1974 to receive this award.

Amanda Nesheiwat
Environmental Coordinator for the Town of Secaucus, NJ

Amanda Nesheiwat

Amanda currently works as the Environmental Coordinator for the Town of Secaucus, NJ. She is a Commissioner for Secaucus as well as Chairwoman of the town’s Environmental Committee. She is an organizer and environmental activist and is passionate about sustainable development and combatting climate change. Amanda is a UN Representative for the Foundation for Post Conflict Development, a foundation that is based in East Timor and works primarily on development. She was a youth delegate in conferences such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Doha, Qatar where she was the State Department Liaison for the delegation. Amanda was trained by Al Gore through Climate Reality Corps to effectively present information about climate change as a climate reality leader. Amanda is a recipient of the 2014 UN ATOP Peace Award for her work in Environmental Sustainability and received the North Jersey Environmental Innovator award of 2015. She is listed as one of the top 50 Most Influential People of Hudson County, NJ.

Jordan Lacey
CEO and Founder of Light the Candle
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Jordan Lacey 2

Jordan Lacey is a rising junior at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. She is the Founder and CEO of Light the Candle, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making birthday cards for children in group or foster care homes in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Over the past year and a half, she has developed her nonprofit organization into 4 states, and hopes to get into all 50 states within the next 5 years. Jordan is also a model for teen vogue, and a brand ambassador for Sakroots.

Jean Clervil
Inspirational Speaker, Poet, Entrepreneur
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Jean Clervil

As an inspirer, Jean has motivated many to find out exactly what they want to do for a living; especially students through his poetry, inspirational stories and successful strategies. Having overcome his internal battles with fear and pressure to succeed as a college student, Jean used his imagination to create a career for himself. Jean’s gifts made for him as he published two books while in college along with taking social media by storm with his influential quotes. His poetry and strategies have not only left students inspired but motivated to take action towards the career of their dreams.