Meet Our ECCEL Alumni

“ECCEL was an awakening. Now, more than ever, I have realized that the strength of leadership does not come from within, rather from the passion that is shared by the collective of bright minds like the ones that were assembled for this program. A leader does not force, but persuade. They do not lecture, but listen and learn. Through the ECCEL program, I have learned to not hold any predisposition against my peers and to open my mind to the beautiful array of perspectives that surrounded me.”

– Joseph M. Metz, ECCEL 2018/2019

“Prior to ECCEL, I believed being a leader was being someone who told people what to do to accomplish a goal. However, [what I discovered is that] there is always more that is involved. A leader has the ability to step up/step back, realize the importance of all the roles, be understanding, empathetic, and so many numerous things. Being here has changed me into a leader.”

–  Amanda Hulse, ECCEL 2018/2019

“My definition has grown; I have learned so many valuable aspects of leadership that go beyond my prior understanding. I have never had such a profound experience!”

–  T. Podwika,  ECCEL 2018/2019

“There is a lot more to leadership than I had previously imagined — for example, stepping up and stepping back. I am now actively working to step back and give others the opportunity to express their opinions. The importance of listening is the biggest takeaway I’ve taken from this program.”

– Trevor Tatunczak, ECCEL 2018/2019

“[My definition of leadership] has definitely changed. I always recognized [that] the duality of being a leader and being a follower is very important for leadership. However, I never gave much thought to the diversity, open-mindedness, mindfulness, creativity and empathy. Now I know this is essential for relationships among all leaders in a group.”

– Vince Giuga, ECCEL 2018/2019

“Before ECCEL . . . I had a negative idea of leadership. But now, I know leadership is so much more. Good leadership is having a vision . . . a goal that is desired to be accomplished by both the leader and the leader’s partners . . . [And] not only having a vision but also getting others excited and passionate about that shared vision. Now that I have been through ECCEL, I have become inspired to be more open to sharing my ideas, opinions and beliefs.”

– Nathan, ECCEL 2016/2017


Eleanor Roosevelt: Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 22 Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.