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MAY 2015

World Policy Institute Announces Expansion to Loyola Marymount University


(New York, NY) – The World Policy Institute, in partnership with Loyola Marymount University’s Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, announces the creation of the World Policy Institute at LMU, a first of its kind interdisciplinary research and academic center. 

Michael Genovese, Ph.D., professor of Political Science who holds the Loyola Chair of Leadership Studies and is director of the Institute for Leadership Studies, will serve as president of WPI at LMU.

“This expansion is just the beginning of what we hope will be a long and fruitful partnership between WPI and LMU, one that allows both institutions to expand their influence and create new relationships,” said Joseph A. Cari, Jr., chairman of the World Policy Institute board of directors. “Given the university’s prestige, its holistic approach to education, and my longstanding association as chair of LMU’s Board of Leadership Studies, Loyola Marymount is a natural partner as WPI broadens its domestic and global influence.”

As the New York-based center for global thought leadership expands to the university’s Los Angeles campus, WPI at LMU will be distinguished by the combination of WPI’s unique emphasis on a cross-cultural, interdisciplinary approach to policy with the social consciousness and value-driven focus of LMU’s academic program. In addition to welcoming members of the LMU team to WPI’s fellows program, editorial board, board of directors, and internship program, WPI at LMU will develop distinct initiatives around the trends and issues driving policy across the globe, beginning with programs on the Pacific Rim, national security, and governance. World Policy’s daily news site will regularly report on the developments generated from the new bi-coastal ideas incubator to its global audience of nearly 1.5 million readers. 

“World Policy Institute’s well-established efforts to promote more globally conscience policy recommendations, to create more inclusive dialogues, and to ensure that underrepresented and traditionally marginalized populations have a place at the table fit very well with LMU’s mission,” said Robbin Crabtree, dean of LMU’s Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts. “This partnership provides an extraordinary opportunity to expand our presence on the East Coast, and to advance our own mission of creating opportunities for students to engage with diverse global audiences and gain a strong foundation for applying their academic education to the current global, social, and economic environment.”


About World Policy Institute
As a center for global thought leadership, the World Policy Institute focuses on addressing the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly interconnected world through innovative, transformative thinking and a diversity of ideas. World Policy Journal, fellows, events, and policy projects provide channels for experts, thought leaders, and decision makers to identify, debate, and develop constructive solutions. 


About Loyola Marymount University

Located between the Pacific Ocean and downtown Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University is ranked third in “Best Regional Universities/West” by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1911, LMU is the largest Jesuit Catholic university for undergraduates in the Southwest, with more than 6,000 undergraduate students and more than 3,000 graduate and law students. A comprehensive university, LMU offers 60 undergraduate majors and 55 minor programs, along with 39 master’s degree programs, one education doctorate, one juris doctorate, one doctorate of juridical science and 10 credential/authorization programs. LMU news and events are found at:



Anthony Pessino, Esq. Joins ILS Board

The Institute for Leadership studies proudly welcomes alumnus Anthony Pessino '99 to its board of directors. After graduating from LMU with a degree in political science, Pessino went on to earn a law degree from the University of North Carolina. Pessino, who lives in Manhattan Beach, now works as an attorney with the Disney ABC Television Group.


ILS Receives Major IBM Grant

The Institute for Leadership Studies is proud to accept a major grant from IBM’s Center for The Business of Government.

Institute Chair, Dr. Michael Genovese’s research, “Leading Change in a Hyper-Changing World,” will focus on the ways in which government leaders can shift from being reactive to proactive when creating new policy.


Genovese Publishes Two New Books

The Presidency and Domestic Policy: Comparing Leadership Styles, FDR to Obama

Building Tomorrow's Leaders Today: On Becoming a Polymath Leader


Marty Russo Joins ILS Board

The Institute for Leadership Studies is proud to welcome Marty Russo to the board of directors. 

ILS Board Member

Russo, a retired nine term veteran of the U.S. House of Representatives (D-IL) is the founder of Russo Capital Strategies and a former CEO of one of Washington’s largest and most prestigious government relation firms. Russo brings with him new enthusiasm, energy and leadership to the institute.  To read more about, Russo click here.

Congratulations to Leadership Institute Director

Dr. Michael A. Genovese’s book , Leadership Matters: Unleashing the Power of Paradox, was recognized as the most Outstanding Leadership Book of the Year by International Leadership Association. Genovese and his co-author, Dr. Thomas E. Cronin receive the award at the annual meeting of the International Leadership Association on October 31in Montreal, Canada.

Below is a speech by Joseph Cari, the Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Leadership Studies at Loyola Marymount University.

I am delighted to be with you today, as the concept of rebirth is central to being Italian, central to my life and I believe central to living a life of meaning and purpose.  Ludivica, thank you for your very kind invitation to share my life experiences with this very amazing group.

Rebirth is a road undertaken at all levels. Countries go through this process, companies go through this process, families go through this process and individuals go through this process.  I would like to share with you my story of rebirth, at both a professional and personal level as it is an allegory for the Italian story, the story of a country my grandparents came from. My story is not unusual, I share it with you as it underscores that rebirth really means new beginnings, shedding the past and present pain, disappointment and confusion and coming into a new state of reality.

All of my grandparents came to the United States from Italy, with a dream of a better life and a hope that the next generation would have better opportunities.  It was an absolute leap of faith on their part. They were uneducated, did not speak English and were traveling to a country where they literally did not know anyone.   This was a rebirth of significant dimensions … a shedding of the past and a hope for the future. 

Because of my grandparents rebirth, my father was the first one in his family to finish grammar school, high school, college and medical school.  He became a successful physician and surgeon.  My mother was the first one in her family to finish high school and college.   For a woman of my mother's generation … she is now 88 years old, this was unheard of! 

My parents gave me every opportunity, I was educated at one of the best schools, University of Notre Dame for undergraduate and legal studies and later in my life, I completed a fellowship at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  My personal life was blessed with a great marriage to a wonderful woman and a daughter who I love to the moon!!!

 On a professional level, my life was fulfilled.  I was the leader of a prestigious law firm, sat on several corporate boards and in 1995, President William Clinton appointed me Chairman of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, a part of the United States government that works on foreign policy issues.  In 2000, I was the National Finance Chairman for the Democratic National Committee for Al Gore' campaign for President. 

I was certain of my place in life.  The stars and the moon aligned perfectly for me and I never considered all of this would end.  Rebirth????  NO!   I thought this would all go on forever.   What hubris of me to think that life would not turn, that I would not have to change.

In 2002, I lost my wife to cancer, she was a young woman … filled with beauty, intelligence and love.  To say I was devastated was an understatement.  I was reeling with pain and loss, trying to figure how to go on, to stay focused to continue being a good father to my daughter, Nicole.  Three years later, as I was trying to put the pieces of my personal life together, another painful death occurred … the death of my career.  Without going into the searing, painful details, I was involved with a knockdown fight with the Bush Justice Department that was settled very painfully 7 years later.  In three years, I lost my wife, lost my career as I knew it and felt completely, utterly with no sense of purpose, meaning or sense of belonging. 

Just as I went through loss and uncertainty, so did the beautiful country of Italy … many times in its history. Two of most glaring examples were the Dark Ages and the Second World War.

But as time went on, I went through a rebirth, a new beginning that now fills my life with joy, dreams and love that I thought I would never feel again. And so did Italy, the Renaissance replaced the Dark Ages and the pain of the Second World War was replaced by an Italy that fed the world through its economic and cultural growth in the 1950s.

Today, I am Chairman & CEO of an international merchant bank, Chair the Advisory Committee for the World Policy Institute, active in teaching and volunteer work.  My life has also been blessed with family, friends and a new, wonderful woman in my life. Why do I share this with you? Because we Italians have an innate sensibility for rebirth … for new beginnings, to boldly and passionately move on in life.  Our history teaches us this indisputable fact … we have lifted humanity through our art, music, food, wine, design, fashion.  The prevailing common view is that this Italy of dreams, of passion, of creativity in the arts and business is gone.  I am here today to say unequivocally, NO.   The Italy of tomorrow is going through a rebirth.  Just as on a personal level one must go through pain, loss and uncertainty … so must a country ... The basic elements of being an Italian are still with us all … and they will always be present. 

Share this with your family, your friends, your business associates …  Life is meant to be a series of rebirths.  If history is our guide, the best is yet to come if we embrace a rebirth as a people. Thank you for letting me share my thoughts with you today.  Take care.


Remembering William "Bill" Fitzgerald

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of William “Bill” Fitzgerald, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts emeritus professor of political science, inaugural member of Loyola Marymount University’s Faculty Hall of Fame, and former chair of the Political Science Department. During more than 40 years at LMU, Bill was a beloved and monumental figure on campus.

A veteran of World War II, Bill earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Loyola University in 1948 and his Ph.D. from Georgetown University in 1954. Following his retirement from teaching, Bill continued to serve the university as a member of the advisory board for the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles, the Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees' Committee on Catholic Mission and Identity. 

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