Berkeley College President Urges Businesses to Keep Talent in Garden State

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Berkeley College President Urges Businesses to Keep Talent in Garden State


College graduates who are mentored to succeed in the Garden State will reap benefits for New Jersey communities, said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College, who spoke with 150 business leaders at the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) Best Practices Awards on September 13, 2016. 

Berkeley CIANJ“Continue to invest in New Jersey college graduates,” Mr. Smith said. “Hire them, train them, build them into future leaders. In return, they will invest back into our communities.” 

Berkeley College was among the honorees at the CIANJ Best Practices Awards ceremony, which recognizes thought leaders for innovative concepts and business practices. 

Receiving the recognition alongside companies such as Investors Bank, Deloitte & Touche, and The Valley Hospital and Health System, Berkeley College was honored for its Leadership Berkeley program, which cultivates in-house talent for the organization. Since its inception in 2004, 107 employees have completed the Leadership Berkeley program. 

Also during the program, attendees heard from keynote speaker Jonathan Gilliam, who shared lessons on teamwork and leadership garnered during his time as a U.S. Navy Seal, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent, and Federal Air Marshal. He echoed Mr. Smith’s views on the importance of a strong workforce.

“Leaders are not born. Leaders are made,” Mr. Gilliam said. “It takes experience. It takes mentorship. It takes time. When you have leaders working for you, you can do anything.” 

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,300 students – including more than 700 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ. 

Berkeley College has five New Jersey campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, both for the third consecutive year. The website address is

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Photo Captions: (Top) Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College, encourages businesses to keep talent in New Jersey. (Above, L to R) President Smith; John Galandak, President, Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey; and Jonathan Gilliam, keynote speaker and former U.S. Navy Seal, at the CIANJ Best Practices Awards ceremony. (Below, L to R) Karen Carpentieri, Berkeley College Vice President, Human Resources, accepts the Best Practices award from Martin Kafafian, CIANJ Chairman. Berkeley College was recognized for its Leadership Berkeley program, which cultivates in-house talent for leadership positions.

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