As the world and our lives have pivoted in directions unimaginable, so has the Dulye Leadership Experience. Since the COVID-19 crisis hit, the DLE has been rapidly responding to increasing, evolving needs for learning and networking opportunities.
Community members have lost jobs, taken salary cuts, and experienced career and economic uncertainty—contributing to a heightened demand for group and individual experiences for the premiere professional development that has cultivated the DLE’s respected reputation.
Since mid-March, we have created more and more varied support resources. We have boldly advanced in previously unchartered territory (for the DLE) to deliver online programming. Guided by motivated, dedicated alumni who volunteer many hours of personal time weekly, we have lifted spirits, inspired new friendships and fortified career ownership in hundreds, nationwide.
Our workshops tackle high-demand topics such as time management, budgeting and career literacy. Coaching services provide resume, interviewing and networking support. Teaming up with a colleague at General Dynamics Mission Systems, we created a regular roundtable discussion of workplace culture and leadership essentials, such as trust, communication and collaboration. All of these are happening with a virtual audience.
Every Friday, DLE regulars and newcomers of multiple generations from across and outside of the US log onto laptops or phones–with coffee cups in hand–to swap stories and resilience tips at our Breakfast Club. Among regulars are published authors, analysts, entrepreneurs, engineers, a town planner, senior leaders, marketing managers, and the chair of the Joint Military Operations Department at the US War College.
Programming is free and, as one surprised newcomer described, “with no strings attached.” Since 2008, my personal passion and financial investment has fortified the DLE’s growth as a catalyst to help rising leaders advance their careers, companies and communities.
Connections are more important than ever, as are outlets for improving critical skills. However, right now, accessible, relevant resources for professional and personal development have nearly evaporated. The DLE is filling that void thanks to so many energetic volunteers from our Advisory Board and community.
The Advisory Board, which was formed last December, works closely with me on charting the DLE’s direction for 2020—which has been quite an adventure! Recent issues of The Hub have spotlighted the board’s nine original members. I am excited to announce the addition of three new members: Lexi Aruck, Marcus Coleman and Jesse Noll—all DLE alumni and active volunteers.
Onward we go!
Lexi’s DLE journey began in 2016 as a college senior at Syracuse University. During her four years at SU, she earned a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Social Welfare. She completed a thesis project at Upstate Medical University that contributed to a publication in The Journal of Developmental Biology.
After graduation, Lexi joined Anheuser-Busch in a three-month training program at the St. Louis Brewery before being placed at the Baldwinsville, NY brewery for a full-time position. In the 3.5 years she worked at the brewery, she held four positions in two different departments (Packaging & Quality Assurance). In November 2019, Lexi moved to St. Louis to join the innovations team in their corporate office as the Commercial Innovation Portfolio & Performance Manager for North America Supply.
Lexi has experience managing a union workforce, navigating inadequate gender diversity, and is a member of a targeted task force trained in Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace. Her quick transition time between positions has strengthened her ability to take on new challenges and adapt to changes quickly. Recently, Lexi decided to chase a passion project and has published a personal blog dedicated to her late father that discusses the journey and roadblocks to living a more of everything life. You can find it at http://www.live-vigorously.com.
Above all else, Lexi loves her dog, Chester. She lives with Chester and her boyfriend, Keagan in St. Louis, MO and is seriously appreciating the temperature increase from her former home in Upstate New York. Lexi’s favorite things include her jeep, boating, and beach volleyball; in no particular order.
Marcus joins the Advisory Board with deep-seeded ties to the DLE, as a four-time alum of the program’s prestigious annual Gen Now Retreat.
He currently is a Registered Client Service Associate at Raymond James, in Pittsfield, MA, a firm he joined in early 2020 after relocating to the Berkshires from Philadelphia.
He held several financial sales positions in his career working as a Licensed Banker at Citizens Bank, helping mass-affluent clients with insurance, banking, and investment needs. Before his role at Raymond James, he was a Sales Associate at an alternative asset manager, FS Investments. In his role, he worked with financial advisors to explore different strategies/funds to add to their investment models.
Marcus grew up in South Jersey and is an avid Philadelphia sports fan. The team he most celebrates is the Philadelphia Eagles. He also is a voracious reader of the Economist, non-fiction business books, and industry-specific white papers. He has a newfound hobby of hiking since relocating to the Berkshires—taking to the Appalachian Trail and numerous others.
In addition to the Series 7 Securities license, Marcus holds the Series 6, 63 and 65 licenses and is a licensed Life, Accident and Health agent. Marcus is a graduate of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University with degrees in Finance and Supply Chain Management.
Jesse is powered by people and finds nothing but joy when he sees them achieve goals of any size. He firmly believes in a stress-free work culture and works with his team and others to find ways to help destress and take the anxiety out of life.
An alum of the 2016 and 2018 DLE Retreats and a speaker at the 2019 Retreat, Jesse has worked his way through the ranks of the advertising world. He is currently a Manager on the Custom Content & Experiences team at Wavemaker, a company owned by the global communications network WPP. In his day to day, he leads his team toward work and professional goals across brands such as IKEA, New York Stock Exchange, Chevron, and Colgate.
Jesse’s team develops custom media programs for his clients, activating a wide array of tactics such as custom branded content, live events, influencer marketing, and even emerging technologies such as augmented and virtual reality.
Prior to his current accounts, Jesse also worked across GroupeSEB, Campbell’s Soup Company, Twinings of London, and the National Restaurant Association’s Education Foundation.
Jesse is a graduate of Syracuse University, where he studied advertising with a minor in social psychology. His experience at his alma mater and the DLE has given him friendships and connections that span the entire country and have equipped him with experiences that have made him free to be agile, passionate, and entrepreneurial.
Outside of his day to day, Jesse is an avid music lover, blossoming yogi, amateur drawer and foodie. Living in New York City, a whole world of food is at his fingertips and gives him the opportunity to experience new cuisines either out at a nearby restaurant or in his own kitchen. Some of his other interests include coffee shop hopping, tattoo idea brainstorming, reading, and fitness.