Leadership Morris

Founded in 1991, Leadership Morris is a highly regarded community education program of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. The Program teaches business professionals and not-for-profit executives about the opportunities, challenges, institutions and the people of Morris County.

Participants benefit from an instant “in” to who’s who and what’s what in the community. Leadership Morris brings together a class of approximately 30 individuals of diverse backgrounds and experiences who are preparing for or who have demonstrated business leadership ability through community involvement.  These individuals have an unprecedented opportunity to learn more about the challenges facing Morris County today. This is accomplished through a collegial network of class members who assemble monthly to experience the various venues first hand and directly interact with the key individuals involved.

A key professional value added through participation is instant access to an active network of over 500 graduates who have pledged to respond actively to one another. Also, through representation by the class member, the organization he or she represents is placed among the community’s leading organizations that are actively engaged in shaping the future of Morris County. Class members are also exposed to the contribution and inner workings of over 50 non-profit service organizations in Morris County. As graduates they are encouraged to pursue service in elected, appointed, and volunteer roles..

Leadership Morris, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Nazzaro, offers participants a unique and exciting opportunity. Beginning with a retreat, during which participants start the process of team building and monthly thereafter, participants attend daylong field trips with seminars on carefully selected, high-priority topics, such as: Economic Development, Criminal Justice, Education, Human Needs & Services, Environment, Media Relations, County Government, State Government and Health Care.  The seminars include lectures, panel discussions and small study groups.  The program concludes with a Graduation Dinner in November and the opportunity to remain active in the organization through participation in the Leadership Morris Alumni Association.  

Leadership Morris Alumni Association

Calendar of Events for 2018

  • Opening Retreat Welcome Reception January 26, 2018
  • Good Morning, Morris! Leadership Morris Alumni Achievement Award April 25, 2018
  • Networking Social at Thatcher McGhee’s June 14, 2018
  • Annual Food Drive June / July 2018 - Interfaith Food Pantry
  • Leadership Alumni Community Service Project September / October 2018

Leadership Morris Alumni Achievement Award Winners:

The Leadership Achievement Award is presented annually to a Leadership Morris Alumni who displayed outstanding leadership by undertaking and completing a major project or program to benefit the community.

John Ciaffone
President (Retired)
TransOptions - 2017
Robert Conley
Mayor, Borough of Madison
VP Capital Projects - Madison Area YMCA - 2017
Margaret Nordstrom
Executive Director
New Jersey Highlands Council - 2016
Dr. Brian Voynick DVM
American Animal Hospital of Randolph - 2016
Jurate Fiory
Executive Director
Employment Horizons - 2015
Edward Rochford
Morris County Sheriff
Morris County Sheriff's Office - 2015
Ellen Sandman
Business Administration
Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills - 2015
Blair Schleicher Bravo
Executive Director
Habitat for Humanity - 2014
Judith Schleicher
Morris County Park System - 2014
Gadi Ben-Menachem
Managing Partner
Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. - 2013
Catherine Mary Broderick
Supervising Assistant Prosecutor
Morris County Prosecutor’s Office - 2012
Bette M. Simmons
Vice President
Student Development & Enrollment Management - 2011
Rich Eastman
IAG Operations Officer
Morris County Chamber - 2010
Stan Prater
Area Manager
Jersey Central Power & Ligh - 2009
Stu Lasser
Subaru Kia of Mount Olive - 2008
Leon Moreau
US Army Picatinny Arsenal - 2007
John Murphy
County of Morris - 2006
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Dr. Joseph Nazzaro, Program Leader for Leadership Morris. Before retiring, Joe was the Executive Director of Advancement & Planning at the County College of Morris.