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The Chief Executive Council For Madison

By Barb Short

It’s humbling to think that an idea developed in 2012 over a burger at a friendly charity softball game was presented the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs 2013 Award for Innovation in Governance by former New Jersey Governor and current State Senator Richard Codey. The Chief Executive Council for Madison (CECM), created by Quest Diagnostics CEO Steve Rusckowski along with Madison Mayor Bob Conley and then Drew University President Dr. Vivian A. Bull, brings together senior leaders from government, business and academia for collective impact, providing practical approaches to solving municipal problems and concerns.

Fostering the next generation of leaders is a key goal, so CECM collaborated with Junior Achievement® of New Jersey to create the “Emerging Leaders” executive luncheon series at Madison High School and Drew University, led by Quest CEO Steve Rusckowski and Chief Human Resources OfŪcer Jeff Shuman as well as Realogy’s Executive Vice President and CAO Dave Weaving, a company perhaps better known by its leading brands like Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate, Caldwell Banker and Sotheby’s International Realty. In addition, Quest’s Shuman joined Weaving on the Junior Achievement of New Jersey’s Board of Directors, and he and Senior Vice President Commercial Everett Cunningham invited Quest employees to a Madison elementary school to teach 4th graders about entrepreneurship. CECM also jumped in to help in the Madison community effort to provide disaster recovery support to Union Beach, a small coastal New Jersey town of year-round residents devastated by Hurricane Sandy, which contributed more than $300,000 and sent 50 displaced children to summer camp.

Looking to the future, the group announced the Vivian A. Bull CECM Emerging Leaders Fellows Program at Drew University, funded by member organizations and executives, to support learning internships and “Emerging Leaders” education activities, and to support the sustainability of the group’s efforts and impact. The

CECM plans remain centered around their founding commitments around stakeholder collaboration, corporate impact and education leadership.

Barb Short is Executive Director, Quest Diagnostics Foundation and Director, Global Inclusion and Corporate Social Responsibility. Barb is a DDC Commissioner and sits on the Madison Area YMCA Board.

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