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Valley National Bank Partners with Rutgers to Offer Training Program for Emerging Leaders

The intensive and highly-focused leadership training programs were specifically designed to help Valley National Bank team members reach their full potential.

Valley National Bank enjoys a well-earned reputation as one of the most trusted and respected financial institutions in the region. For over 85 years, Valley has been listening to the needs of its customers and providing innovative and competitive personalized financial services.

Valley's strength has always been its people. The Bank is dedicated to training and developing its management team through intensive and highly-focused employee training programs. As part of its leadership curriculum, Valley previewed instructors and course topics at the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) Annual Training Showcase. After identifying its training needs, the Bank partnered with OCPE in 2010 to pilot on-site courses on leadership development and core competencies.

Under the direction of professional management training consultant, George Wright, the program offers a curriculum that challenges emerging leaders at the Bank by focusing on topics such as Emotional Intelligence, Critical Thinking Skills, Leading, and Adapting to Change.

In addition, Valley collaborated with Rutgers OCPE to develop a second management training program geared toward mid-level management leadership. This customized "Transfer of Knowledge" training program is designed to build strong teams by providing a forum for executive leadership teams to analyze a business case and develop an action plan to resolve the business challenge. Ideas are tested within team settings and solutions are presented to management based on a group consensus.

Feedback from employees has been extremely positive and the training has been well-received by executive management, who have contracted with Rutgers OCPE to continue the customized "Transfer of Knowledge" program for new cohorts. The current group's training is expected to conclude in the summer and a third group is planned for fall 2017.

Student Feedback:

"I am honored to be a graduate of the Rutgers training program at Valley. Through the program, I was able to establish new relationships with coworkers across various departments, strengthen my leadership skills and enrich my professional development."

- Katherine Isaacson,
First Vice President,


Kathleen Marrs of Rutgers OCPE, Instructor George Wright, and Marianne Bennett of OCPE

Instructor George Wright with Kathleen Marrs and Marianne Bennett of the
Rutgers OCPE Workforce Development Unit.

Student Feedback:

"George challenges you to think outside the box and look at issues with a different perspective. Each of the cases that we worked on provided different issues and problems. Finding solutions that required teamwork was rewarding. I tried new presentation techniques and was able to work on developing action plans in each case study."

- Todd Ullrich,
Senior Vice President,
District Sales Manager

For more information about the Rutgers OCPE Workforce Development Unit, contact Sharon Gutterman at gutterman@njaes.rutgers.edu or 848-932-7701.