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WATERBURY, Conn. (Oct. 18, 2010) – In addition to Post University’s $5,000 underwriting sponsorship of this year’s Leadership Greater Waterbury program, the University is working with the Waterbury Regional Chamber to update the curriculum and add an online learning and collaboration component. 

During this 9-month program, local business leaders will join together to hone their leadership skills
and develop projects designed to meet specific needs of the greater Waterbury community.   This year’s program will incorporate some of the teachings of the Post University Online MBA Degree Program, including curriculum focused on creativity, innovation and leadership that was developed by Post University faculty who not only have advanced degrees, but decades of experience in the business world.  The University also will create a special online learning environment that will enable participants to collaborate in between their monthly in-person meetings.

“Although Post University has been an important part of the Waterbury community for the last 120 years, we are committed to taking an even larger role in supporting our local business leaders,” said Douglas Brown, Academic Program Manager for the Entrepreneurship concentration of Post University’s MBA Degree Program and Director of the Post University Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  “Incorporating some of the teachings of our MBA degree program will aid participants in developing the kinds of skills that can make a real and immediate difference in their businesses and in the greater Waterbury community as a whole.  The addition of an online collaboration component also is a natural extension of our expertise in the online learning arena.”

The program, which begins on Thursday, Oct. 21, is organized by a Steering Committee led by Chair Dawn Orsini, Vice President of Retail Banking and Branch Administration at Naugatuck Savings Bank.  This year’s class includes 18 business leaders from organizations throughout the Waterbury Regional Chamber’s 13-town region. 

Participants meet once a month for an 8-hour day of workshops, panel discussions and site visits.  Class days address topics including history, economic development, media and communications, government and public policy, health and human services, arts and entertainment, and education.  Generous class day sponsors include MacDermid, Inc., Webster Bank, Halloran & Sage Government Affairs, LLP, the Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center, Savings Bank of Danbury, and Naugatuck Savings Bank.  Participants also collaborate on a self-directed, community-oriented team project that requires between 20-40 hours of volunteer commitment.

            “Over the years, program participants have not only improved their leadership skills, but made a real and lasting difference in the greater Waterbury community,” said Lynn G. Ward, President and CEO of the Waterbury Regional Chamber. “Post University’s sponsorship, and the faculty and expertise that comes with it, will add a new dimension to our program.”

Program Participants:
Omar Andujar, Contract Compliance Manager for New Opportunities, inc.; Joshua Carey, Program Officer for Connecticut Community Foundation; Lara Chamberlin, President, Student Government Association at Naugatuck Valley Community College; Geoffrey D’Alessandro, Insurance Consultant at Bearingstar Insurance; Allison Egan, Public Relations Associate at Naugatuck Valley Community College; McKenzie Garon, Branch Manager at Webster Bank; Sara Guillemette, Sales Manager at Winvian; Daniel Harrington, Financial Analyst at MacDermid, Inc.; Richard Hart, Deputy Chief, City of Waterbury; Patti Jennings, Senior Administrative Assistant to the Post University Vice President of Academic Affairs; Erica Kluge, Post University’s Dean of Students for the Main Campus; Leon Langes, Financial Services Manager for People’s United Bank; Courtney Ligi, Special Events Director for the Waterbury Regional Chamber; Nakeia Moore, Program Coordinator for the University of Connecticut, Waterbury;  Sorrina Salvatore, Retail Branch Manager for Naugatuck Savings Bank; Lindsay Spinella, Development Coordinator for Saint Mary’s Hospital Foundation; Ronald Wislocki, Tax Manager for MacDermid, Inc.; Gregory Zeliff, Assistant Vice President/Commercial Loan Bank for Thomaston Savings Bank.

Post University:
Founded in 1890, Post University is a student-focused, career-driven university committed to providing students with the knowledge, personal skills and experience required to be leaders in their chosen fields.  Located in Waterbury, Conn., Post University provides a wide array of degree programs for on-campus and online students of all ages. It is known for its quality, career-driven academic programs, small classes, and competitive NCAA Division II athletics. Its more than 6,000 full- and part-time students come from the United States and abroad, and are supported by faculty whose mission is to prepare students to compete and succeed in today’s global workplace. 

In addition to having a vibrant and growing campus in Waterbury, Post University is the largest provider of online higher education in the state.  It also is the first Connecticut university to offer a completely online MBA degree program, and the first to offer an online Master of Education degree program that includes a strong focus on the Future of Education.  To learn more about Post University, visit or call 800-345-2562.