Three leaders with ties to Montclair State were honored Sept. 22 at LeadNJ (LNJ)’s “30 Leaders for 30 Years” gala at Liberty House in Jersey City.
The three honorees were:
- Dennis Bone, director, Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship and an LNJ ’92 fellow;
- Angelo Genova, senior partner, co-founder and chairman of Genova Burns;
- Ralph LaRossa, president and chief operating officer, PSE&G.
LaRossa is a member of Montclair State’s Board of Trustees, and Genova is a member of the university’s foundation board and an alumnus of Montclair State. Bone is the retired president and CEO of Verizon New Jersey Inc.
Hundreds of the most influential leaders across New Jersey – from the government, nonprofit, business and journalism sectors – gathered in Jersey City for the event, honoring 30 individuals whose leadership has made “New Jersey a better place to live and work,” according to an LNJ release. The ceremony also marked a celebration of 30 years since the founding of LNJ, a program that educates, empowers and engages talented leaders to create systemic change around New Jersey’s most challenging issues.
Since its first class in 1986, LNJ has graduated nearly 1,500 fellows, who include corporate and nonprofit CEOs, professors, journalists, politicians and government administrators at all levels, all of whom have dedicated their careers to improving life in the Garden State.
“We are immensely proud of the leadership offered by LNJ fellows across the state over the past three decades.” said Mark Murphy, president, Lead New Jersey, and Fellow, class of ’91. “It was a tremendously challenging task to select just 30 individuals to receive this award, because each one of our Fellows truly exemplifies our mission. Each has made a unique leadership contribution to their profession and toward improving life in our state.“
The full list of “30 Leaders for 30 Years” honorees can be found online at leadnj.org/events.
Lead New Jersey, formerly known as Leadership New Jersey, was founded with a mission of convening leaders from various sectors and industries to address emerging issues facing the state and its residents. In recent years, the focus of LNJ’s programs has spanned affordable healthcare, criminal justice, economic development and transportation.