You're invited to discover Villanova University's College of Professional Studies 2nd Annual Leadership Symposium - a professional education course designed to bring together managers, team leaders, and change agents for an intensive, engaging, and interactive learning experience.

This year's program will explore the themes of innovation, entrepreneurship, and leading with a growth mindset. As relationships, organizations, and societies become increasingly more complex, the need for demonstrating innovative leadership through a growth-oriented perspective will also become increasingly more important. As a result of participating in the weekend Symposium, participants will reflect on their individual strengths and the ways in which these strengths can contribute to the pursuit of leadership innovation and entrepreneurship. Participants will also have an opportunity to identify some of the central principles of a growth mindset and apply these principles to their experiences in a current group, team or organization.

Friday, November 13

5:00 - 6:30 pm: Cocktails, Dinner, and Professional Networking

6:30 - 8:00 pm: Fireside Chat with Diana Lind, Executive Director at Arts + Business Council for Greater Philadelphia and Archna Satay, President, Satay Consultant and Former Director, Entrepreneurial Investment (City of Philadelphia)    

Saturday, November 14 (Breakfast and lunch included)

9:00 - 9:30 am: Introductions

9:30 - 12:00 pm: Exploring Innovation and Leadership: Central Concepts, Benefits, and Applications

12:00 - 1:30 pm: Lunch and Networking

1:30 - 3:30 pm: Leading with a Growth Mindset

3:30 - 5:00 pm: Spotlight Panel with Tracy Brala, Vice President, Ecostystem Development University City Science Center and Executive Director, Venture Café Philadelphia, Alexander Gilbert, CEO of Red Queen Gaming, Joanne Morris, Vice President of Morris Animal Inn, Inc., and Patrick Murray, President and CEO at STP Investment Services

Sunday, November 15 (Breakfast and lunch included)

9:00 - 11:00 am: Application Exercises

11:00 - 12:00 pm: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Leading with a Growth Mindset in the Modern Workplace with Kevin Grubb, Executive Director of the Villanova University Career Center and Assistant Vice Provost, Professional Development

12:00 pm: Lunch and Networking

Ralph Gigliotti, PhD

Ralph A. Gigliotti, PhD
Director of Leadership Development and Research
Center for Organizational Leadership, Rutgers University

Ralph A. Gigliotti, Ph.D. is Director of Leadership Development and Research in the Center for Organizational Leadership at Rutgers University, where he also teaches in the Department of Communication and Ph.D. Program in Higher Education. He also teaches part-time at Villanova University in both the College of Professional Studies and Department of Public Administration. Ralph’s research and consulting interests explore the intersection of organizational communication, leadership, crisis communication, and training and development within the context of higher education.

His research appears in numerous books and scholarly journals, and he has authored and co-authored several books, including the following:

Ralph is a National Examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (National Institute of Standards and Technology, United States Department of Commerce). He is also actively involved in various professional associations, including the leadership team of the Training and Development Division for the National Communication Association and the Board of Directors for the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation in Higher Education.

Kevin Grubb, MA

Kevin Grubb, MA

Executive Director, Villanova University Career Center
Assistant Vice Provost, Professional Development

Kevin Grubb is a nationally recognized expert in career services in higher education with expertise in the impact of new technology and social media on job searching and recruiting. He currently leads the Career Center at Villanova University where he is the office's Executive Director. Grubb also serves as Assistant Vice Provost for Professional Development at the University, overseeing career education and relationships with recruiting employers across the University. Grubb is a sought-after speaker at conferences, events and  in media—sharing his expertise on career services, technology and innovation, professional development and the impact of social media on job searching.

Diana Lind

Executive Director at Arts + Business Council for Greater Philadelphia

Diana is the author of the forthcoming book, BRAVE NEW HOME (Nation Books), diagnosing the current crisis in American housing and it's detrimental effects on inequality, health, the environment, racial progress, community, and democracy. 

Archna Satay

President, Satay Consultant

Former Director, Entrepreneurial Investment (City of Philadelphia)

Tracy Brala '90

Vice President, Ecosystem Development University City Science Center

Executive Director, Venture Café Philadelphia


Alex Gilbert, EMBA '15 

CEO, Red Queen Gaming

Alex Gilbert is the CEO of Red Queen, a platform that makes it easy for video gamers to create analytics and strategy tools for the games they love. Alex is an Air Force veteran, having earned his undergraduate degrees at Rutgers and his EMBA from Villanova in 2015. It is Alex's hope to develop a strong ecosystem for video game development and analytics in the Philly region. To facilitate this goal, Alex sits on the board of several esports, blockchain, and gaming companies in addition to having been the Re-Founding Chair of the Philadelphia Chapter of the International Game Developers Association.


Joanne Morris, CPS '19

VP, Morris Animal Inn

Joanne Morris is the Vice President of Morris Animal Inn in Morristown, NJ.  Ms. Morris has worked alongside her parents, Walter (VU Class ’64) and Marianne Morris, to develop a world-class pet resort. Morris Animal Inn has grown into a small corporation with plans to open two additional pet resorts in 2020, and has been featured on Good Morning America, CBS News, The Today Show, and CNBC.

In addition, Ms. Morris has been a principal owner of Morris Pet Care Consulting, LLC, and owner/operator of four Invisible Fencing® dealerships. Ms. Morris is a national speaker on topics related to staffing, recruiting, retaining, and training. Her passion lies in helping small business owners obtain their dreams of successful and profitable businesses.

Patrick Murray '02

President & CEO at STP Investment Services

This program is run at The Inn at Villanova University

Overnight accommodations are available.


Villanova alumni and staff are eligible for a $200 discount.

Attendees will earn a Villanova University certificate of completion.


Phone: 610-519-4300