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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)November 1, 2000

(Mahwah) — Robert Corman, president of the National Partnership for Social Enterprise, will discuss the principles and problems of sustainability with a focus on New Jersey, in a talk at Ramapo College of New Jersey Wednesday, November 15 at 4 p.m. in the York Room.

Corman brings an historical perspective and many years of practical experience with advocacy, leadership, corporate and community initiatives. As one who has helped create numerous organizations and programs in the state, he understands both the pace of progress and the power of entropy in the Garden State and beyond. He will discuss the importance and challenges of education, marketing and information flow as well as the distinctive roles that could be played by the state’s many sectors. He also will address the hurdles to sustainability including those peculiar to communities here in New Jersey.

For nearly three decades Corman has held positions which offered distinctive perspectives on New Jersey’s political, economic, ecologic and social landscape. He began his career as a criminal defense attorney (public defender), and, after a few years became a public interest lawyer focused on environmental and health issues (New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate). Thereafter he headed a grantmaking foundation that focused on public policy and advocacy (The Fund for New Jersey), and then became the senior executive of an international market research firm created to use survey research as a tool to address social issues (Gallup International Institute). In that position he helped launch a 33 country survey of public opinion on the environment and development which was presented at the Earth Summit in Brazil in 1992.

For the last eight years Corman has been the president of the National Partnership for Social Enterprise, a non-profit that looks for sustainable market-driven solutions to social problems. His work includes strategic counseling for executives, organizational development, business planning, market research and strategic alliance brokering. Corman is a member and former chair of the Ramapo College Board of Trustees.

This lecture is sponsored by the Institute for Environmental Studies at Ramapo College. For more information, please call (201) 684-7740.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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