RGI Key Executives and Speakers
Vice President, Communications
Jim Challender is a United States Marine, who served 27 years with the New Jersey State Police, and later ran police and investigative operations for the Waterfront and Airport Commission of New York and New Jersey. He is the only State Police Trooper ever to earn a New Jersey State "Senate Resolution."
In 1972 Jim uncovered a money-laundering scheme involving top state officials as well as several politicians connected to the National Watergate scandal which ultimately brought down the Governor's administration. As a trooper assigned to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority he arrested a revolutionary, Joanne Chesimard, aka Assata Chakur, who had killed a state trooper. Jim was the lead detective on this case and earned accolades from his contemporaries and NYPD.
In 1988 he was promoted to Captain and made Commandant of the two New Jersey Police Academies. He served as Commandant until his retirement in 1991.
Jim attended The College of New Jersey at night, graduating cum laude with a BS in Criminal Justice/Psychology. He continued his education at Rutgers University, completing the Certified Public Manager Program.
Verbal Defense & Influence
Joe Lau, RN
Street Smart Communication
James Morganelli is a Chicago-based writer, consultant, teacher, and trainer. He has studied martial arts for more than 30 years, including Eastern and Western styles, and lived and trained in Japan for three years. A prolific writer, James’ article, “Ethical Warrior” appeared in Black Belt Magazine’s 50th anniversary issue His blog “KOSSHI” is read around the world, and he is currently working on several books. James has a Master of Arts in Social Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago, with a concentration in Applied Ethics and Natural Law. James holds a certification in Verbal Defense and Influence from the Verbal Judo Institute and is a master instructor in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu.
Steven D. Olson
Business Ethics and
Steve Olson is an award winning professor and author who teaches leadership, innovation, ethics, and corporate social responsibility at Georgia State University's J. Mack Robinson College of Business and College of Law. Steve co-founded and serves as Director of Robinson’s Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility and its Atlanta Compliance and Ethics Roundtable. Steve served as a special advisor to The Basic School, United States Marine Corps in developing Values-Based Leadership, an executive program which uses simulated combat teach the ethics of leadership. He has worked as a corporate consultant and leadership development trainer for over twenty years and has trained and coached over one thousand senior executives on leadership and value-creation. Several of his clients have appeared on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, including the #1 Best Place to Work in America in 1999. Steve holds a Masters from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Emory University, where his dissertation on the ethics of leadership received the International Leadership Association's 2007 Frederic M. Jablin Award for "Best Dissertation."
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