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Fifth Annual Patrick M. and Mary Ann Plaff Murray Leadership Forum


Feb. 11, 2016

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South Orange, N.J. - A signature event of the Helping Athletes Learn to be Leaders (H.A.L.L.) Program, the Seton Hall University Department of Athletics hosted its fifth annual Patrick M. and Mary Ann Plaff Murray Leadership Forum for Student-Athletes, welcoming a group of four distinguished professionals and Seton Hall University graduates to Walsh Gymnasium for a career-oriented discussion and networking opportunity.

The Leadership Forum was re-named in September 2015 in honor of Pat ’64, MBA ’72 and Mary Ann Murray, who generously made a gift to the Pirate Blue Athletic Fund in support of the event.

Murray also graciously served as one of the panelists for the evening. He is the current Chairman of the Seton Hall Board of Regents and previously retired as the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Dresser, Inc., in 2007. Joining Murray were Michellene Davis, Executive Vice President at Barnabas Health; John Hayes, Chief Marketing Officer at American Express; and Joseph Torcivia, Co-President of Torcon, Inc., and a former member of Seton Hall’s Board of Regents.

Glenn Horine, former President of Arena Football League Properties and current President of H & H Consulting and Executive Director of the Iona College Center for Sports, Entertainment and Media Business, moderated the evening.

Throughout the evening, the panelists shared insight and advice derived from their own experiences and their respective paths to becoming leaders in their fields. But rather than simply be a lecture to the student-athletes, the event offered the opportunity for student-athletes to participate in an open dialogue with the panelists. Topics included:

  • Staying tuned in to the world’s current events
  • Mentors and the mentor-protege relationship
  • The importance of trying to learn something new every day
  • How to maximize time in college with internships and networking
  • How to maintain a personal brand
  • The decision-making process in the work place
  • Resume building
  • What it takes to have a successful work environment

In addition to the event’s question and answer session, there was also a reception held in the Walsh Lobby where student-athletes were afforded the opportunity to have one-on-one conversation with each of the speakers.

One of the many professional development initiatives H.A.L.L. Program calendar, the forum was open to student-athletes of all classes and saw all 14 varsity teams represented.

“I’m always excited for our Leadership Forum, and this year’s event had an added significance with Pat and Mary Ann’s generous gift and his presence on the panel," Roberto Sasso, Assistant Director of Athletics for Student-Athlete Development & Leadership, said. "We are very grateful for their gift and appreciative that they understand how important it is to prepare student-athletes for life beyond athletics.

“This year, our panelists brought a very diverse conversation to the forum, and it was tremendous to see that our student-athletes were excited to learn and engage with the panelists. Their eagerness to ask questions shows not only the level of commitment that they share in their sport, but also with their future after graduation.”