New Executive and Professional Programs Offered by NJIT Help Today’s Leaders Achieve Peak Performance in Turbulent Times

October 21, 2020:  Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) and the Leadership Difference announced its newly formed professional and executive education partnership to serve and upskill innovative leaders across all levels in all industries at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). 

Five new leadership programs are being made available which will be led by Dave Mitchell, CEO and Founder of the Leadership Difference who osi also a well-known published author and sought-after speaker.

“We are excited to expand our relationship with Dave Mitchell. This exciting partnership was created to deliver immediate, impactful value and provide teams and individuals the skills and confidence they need to truly lead,” said Simon Nynens, CEO of NJII. “Our goal is to help today’s leaders meet and overcome new and unprecedented challenges and achieve peak performance in spite of the turbulence they face.”

Through this inaugural leadership education collaboration, participants will grow their leadership acumen, business and communication skills in interactive sessions taught by recognized guru Dave Mitchell, author of Peak Performance Culture, The Power of Understanding People, and The Power of Understanding Yourself

“All our programs are designed to deliver thought provoking perspectives and proven approaches to work and life with both humor and compassion,” said Dave Mitchell, CEO and founder of the Leadership Difference. “We believe that adults learn best and remember longer when the content is relevant and contextual as well as funny, we call it enter-TRAIN-ment.”

Topics covered in the new programs include, leadership skills and strategies, communication effectiveness, complexities of organizational development, conflict resolution, sales, negotiation, decision making, emotional intelligence and more — the kind of skills that are in demand in the age of automation.

The programs are among the collection of Professional Development and Executive Education courses offered at NJIT and managed by the human capital division at its non-profit subsidiary, NJII. Each program has been developed to close the skill gap in today’s information age.

“As a learning organization, it is essential that we design and deliver educational programs that meet the needs of employers,” said Deirdre Christofalo, NJII’s vice president of Human Capital. “By partnering with the Leadership Difference, we are able to meet those needs utilizing proven principles of applied performance and cognitive psychology delivered in an engaging way to maximize transfer of learning.”

To see Mitchell in action and learn more about the programs now available at NJIT, attend Leading from a Distance: How to Achieve Peak Performance When Everyone’s Working from Home a live webinar on Nov. 11, 2020 at 1 p.m. EST. 

New leadership programs include:

About NJII

The New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII), an NJIT corporation, was founded in 2014 and helps turn ideas into workable solutions across six divisions; biopharma, data and advanced technology, defense and homeland security, entrepreneurship, healthcare delivery and human capital. NJII combines the vast resources of NJIT, strong and far-reaching industry and government relationships, and proven methods for building industry centric ecosystems to help drive innovation and deliver solutions that make a direct impact on the economy and the health and welfare of its participants. Learn more at

About the Leadership Difference

Since the Leadership Difference was founded in 1995, over 450,000 people have attended Dave Mitchell’s “enter-TRAIN-ment” seminars on topics that include leadership, customer service, selling skills, and personal performance enhancement.  Clients include Allstate Insurance, Bank of America, Universal Studios, Hilton Worldwide, Sub-Zero Wolf Appliances, Electrolux Appliances, Trek Bikes, Walt Disney World and the CIA. In 2015, Meetings and Conventions Magazine named Dave one of the “Top Speakers of the Year.” Learn more at