Making a Difference: Addressing Food Insecurity; Amanda Ebokosia

Steve Adubato is joined by a panel of inspiring entrepreneurs who are working to combat food insecurity across the state.  

Panelists include:  

  • Stephanie Glover-Wilson, Founder & Executive Director, Hunger Free – Unity in the Community 
  • Tanya Veltz, Founder & President, Tree House Cares 
  • Shenee Omuso, MAT, MA, CCC-SLP, Director of Education & Career Pathways, The Opportunity League

Amanda A. Ebokosia, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, The Gem Project, sits down with Steve Adubato to bring awareness to the social justice issues plaguing their local communities and the leadership skills her organization is providing to young adults.

Michele Siekerka; Jonathan G.S. Koppell; Kelly Browning

Michele N. Siekerka, Esq., President & CEO, New Jersey Business and Industry Association, sits down with Steve Adubato to examine the lack of small-business tax relief in New Jersey and the need for money to be invested in the childcare sector.

Steve Adubato welcomes Jonathan Koppell, President, Montclair State University, to highlight affordability in higher education and the challenges he has faced in his first year as President.

Kelly Browning, Ph.D., Executive Director, Impact Teen Drivers, sits down with Steve Adubato to bring awareness to her organization, which is dedicated to stopping unintentional car accidents related to distracted driving and the importance of setting a positive example to our teens.

Mayor Marty Small; Cynthia Oberkofler; Rick Santoro

Steve Adubato welcomes Marty Small, Sr., Mayor, Atlantic City, to bring attention to their efforts to combat food insecurity, how the casinos can better support this mission, and the implications of living in a food desert.

Cynthia Oberkofler, Executive Director, Millhill Child and Family Development, sits down with Steve Adubato to discuss issues plaguing the Trenton community, including generational poverty, mental health, and higher education.

Steve Adubato sits down with Rick Santoro, CCP, Special Improvement Division Director, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, to explain their plan to allocate tax money derived from casinos to resolve the long-standing issue of food insecurity in Atlantic City.

Camelia Valdes; Asw. Shavonda Sumter (D) – NJ; Nancy Holecek

Camelia M. Valdes, Passaic County Prosecutor, sits down with Steve Adubato to provide her legal perspective on accountability in law enforcement, concealed weapons in New Jersey, and the effects of generational poverty on inner city communities. 

Steve Adubato welcomes Asw. Shavonda Sumter (D) – NJ, President & CEO, Children’s Aid and Family, to discuss some of New Jersey’s most pressing topics, including wealth disparities among minorities and investing our money in affordable, quality child care programs. 

Nancy E. Holecek, MAS, BSN, RN, Senior VP for Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer, RWJBarnabas Health, sits down with Steve Adubato to highlight the prevalence of human trafficking in New Jersey and how healthcare providers are trained to identify victims of trafficking and abuse. 

Kaitlyn Wojtowicz; Caitlin Conners; Col. Patrick Callahan

Steve Adubato welcomes Kaitlyn Wojtowicz, Vice President of Public Affairs, Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey, to examine Governor Murphy’s decision to expand access to reproductive healthcare and keeping New Jersey a safe haven for people across the country.

Caitlin Conners, Southern Regional Director, Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, explains her pro-life stance and why she agrees with the overturning of Roe v Wade.


Steve Adubato sits down with Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent, New Jersey State Police, to discuss the laws around concealed carry permits and the implications of increasing access to firearms. 

Sen. Holly Schepisi; Senate President Nicholas Scutari

Steve Adubato sits down with Sen. Holly Schepisi (R) – NJ, to provide her opinion on Governor Murphy’s FY 2023 State Budget as well as mandated sex ed in public schools and the overturning of Roe v. Wade. 

Senate President Nicholas Scutari (D) – NJ joins Steve Adubato to break down the FY 2023 State Budget as well as the importance of maintaining New Jersey’s reproductive health laws. 

Steven Edwards; Wayne Winborne; Angelica Berrie

Steve Adubato sits down with Steve Edwards, President, The Foundation for the New Jersey Hall of Fame Board of Trustees, to talk about the 14th annual New Jersey Hall of Fame ceremony, and the importance of honoring New Jersians who’ve made an impact here in the Garden State.

Steve Adubato sits down with Wayne Winborne, Executive Director, Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University – Newark, to talk about the importance of Clement’s Place, which is a multi-purpose Jazz Club in Newark.

Steve Adubato sits down with Angelica Berrie, President, Russell Berrie Foundation Board of Trustees, to talk about the Russ Berrie Making a Difference Awards and the long-term impact past honorees have made on New Jersey.

Excellence in Education; Frank A. Ghinassi, Ph.D.

Steve Adubato moderates a panel discussion with three exceptional New Jersey teachers who are making a difference in and out of their classrooms, finding ways to promote social justice, and creating a better world for our children; Frank A. Ghinassi, PhD, ABPP, Senior Vice President of Behavioral Health and Addictions Service Line at RWJBarnabas Health sits down with Steve Adubato to discuss the mental and behavioral health issues that have been amplified due to the pandemic.

Maria Laurino; Peter Ubertaccio, Ph.D.; Howard L. Haughton

Steve Adubato sits down with Maria Laurino, Journalist & Author, The Italian Americans: A History, to discuss the importance of talking about the history of Italian Americans, the history and changes in immigration laws, and her thoughts on the tensions about Columbus Day.

Steve Adubaro speaks with Peter Ubertaccio, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs, Caldwell University, about the future of higher education, specifically for Catholic institutions, the differences between in-person learning versus remote learning, and the challenges in bringing together a politically divided nation.

Steve Adubato speaks with Howard L. Haughton, CEO, Eva’s Village, about the ways the organization helps people in the Paterson community who are struggling with poverty, hunger, homelessness and addiction, and the ways the pandemic exacerbated the challenges they face.

Business Innovation in the State Capital; Tom Szaky

“Steve Adubato is joined by a panel of business innovators to discuss what it means to be a social entrepreneur, the need for more people to work, live, and pay taxes in the city of Trenton, and how implementing hub zones can drastically improve small, local business.

Panelists include:
Eleanor Kubacki, Co-Founder & CEO, EFK Group
Elijah Dixon, Social Entrepreneur
Geoffrey M. Goll, P.E., President, Princeton Hydro.

Steve Adubato sits down with Tom Szacky, CEO, TerraCycle, to talk about his breakthrough technology in creating fully reusable products from waste, embracing failure as education, and rethinking for-profit capitalism in a materialistic world.”

Future of Higher Education; Rodney D. Priestley, Ph.D.

“Steve Adubato welcomes a distinguished panel of leaders to examine higher education’s post-pandemic recovery and the challenges and opportunities created by COVID-19.

Guests Include:
Michele N. Siekerka, Esq., President & CEO, New Jersey Business and Industry Association
Marjorie Perry, President & CEO, MZM Construction Co. Inc.
Brian Bridges, PhD, NJ Secretary of Higher Education

Rodney Priestley, PhD, Dean of the Graduate School, Princeton University joins Steve Adubato to examine new technologies and research being conducted at Princeton.”

Siomara Wedderburn, MSW; Beth Gottung; Colette Michelle Barrow, MPA, Ph.D.

Siomara Wedderburn, MSW, Director of Wellness, UrbanPromise joins Steve Adubato to bring attention to the ways this non-profit is helping young people succeed in the city of Camden; Beth Gottung, Executive Director and Co-Head, Montclair Film explains why Montclair film matters now more than ever and the impactful educational programs being offered to students and residents; Colette Michelle Barrow, MPA, PhD, Executive Director, Community and Population Health, University Hospital, sits down with Steve to bring awareness to the Trauma Recovery Center, which helps patients who are victims of interpersonal violence.

Ali A. Houshmand, Ph.D.; Sidney Whitman, DDS; Peter Rosario

Steve Adubato is joined by Ali A. Houshmand, PhD President, Rowan University to celebrate his 10 years as the University’s President and to talk about the importance of encouraging students to pursue trade jobs.

Dr. Sidney Whitman, President of Dental Lifeline Network’s New Jersey Board joins Steve Adubato to bring awareness to oral health and how the network is offering care for those who need it the most.

Steve Adubato is joined by Peter Rosario, President & Executive Officer of La Casa de Don Pero to talk about the child care crisis and how their organization is helping to fight for the rights of Latinx people within the Newark community.

Navigating the COVID Landscape; Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D.

Steve Adubato is joined by a panel of community leaders from the education and healthcare sectors to address the complex issues surrounding the post-pandemic world and offer strategies on navigating the ever-changing COVID landscape.

Guests Include: 

  • Michele Adubato, CEO, The North Ward Center
  • Chris T. Pernell, MD, MPH, Chief Strategic Integration & Health Equity Officer, University Hospital
  • Roger León, Superintendent, Newark Public Schools

Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., President, Seton Hall University sits down with Steve Adubato to talk about the impact of the pandemic on the higher education community.

Brian Gragnolati; Moya Bansile; Tom Bergeron

Steve Adubato is joined by Brian Gragnolati, President & CEO, Atlantic Health System to discuss the long-term impact of COVID-19 on the hospital industry and ways we should be addressing the nursing crisis; Moya Bansile, Co-Chair, Berkeley College Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workforce and the changes needed moving forward; ROI-NJ’s Owner and Editor, Tom Bergeron, will talk about Governor Murphy’s plans to run for President and the fiscal problems associated with living in New Jersey.

NJEA County Teachers of the Year; Dr. Brett Sealove

Steve Adubato is joined by a panel of County Teachers of the Year to discuss the impact of the pandemic on students and teachers’ mental health, the main differences between remote learning and in-person learning, and the unique challenges students and teachers face in remote environments. 

Panelists Include:

Darrin Wolsko, Somerset County Teacher of the Year, and Biology & Human Biology Teacher, Watchung Hills Regional High School

Tammy Nicole Cooper, Passaic County Teacher of the Year, and English Language Arts Teacher, Passaic High School


Alyssa Geary, Monmouth County Teacher of the Year, Special Education and English Language Arts Teacher, Red Bank Middle School

Steve Adubato sits down with Brett A. Sealove, MD, Chief of Cardiology, Hackensack Meridian Health, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, to discuss the biggest misconceptions surrounding heart health, the differences between men and women’s heart attack symptoms, and the connection between COVID-19 and heart disease.

Dale Caldwell, EdD; Jeff Alter; Steve Swetsky

Steve Adubato sits down with Dale G. Caldwell, EdD, Executive Director, Rothman Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Fairleigh Dickinson University, to discuss the connection between innovation and leadership, the creation of Entrepreneur Zones and the importance of the Veterans Launching Ventures initiative.

Steve Adubato speaks with Jeff Alter, CEO of Summit Health, about the importance of value-based healthcare, the need for more affordable, high-quality healthcare, and the future of telehealth.

Steve Adubato is joined by Steve Swetsky, Executive Director, New Jersey Education Association, to discuss the highlights and challenges at the 2021 NJEA Convention, the new Office of Human and Civil Rights, Equity and Governance, and the importance of vaccines in education.

Batya Ungar-Sargon; Rick Thigpen

Steve Adubato is joined by Batya Ungar-Sargon, Deputy Opinion Editor, NEWSWEEK, and Author, “Bad News: How Woke Media is Undermining Democracy,” to discuss how American journalism underwent a status revolution over the twentieth century, from a blue-collar trade to an elite profession, and the implications of that change on our country today.

Steve Adubato is joined by Rick Thigpen, Senior Vice President for Corporate Citizenship, PSEG, to talk about the life and legacy of the late General Colin Powell and the long-lasting impact of his public service on the nation.

Carlos Medina; Joseph Fiordaliso; Fmr. Sen. Christopher Bateman

Steve Adubato sits down with Carlos Medina, Esq., President, Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, to discuss the importance of hosting the show “Que Pasa NJ” on NJ PBS, the growth of the Hispanic small business community, and COVID vaccine resistance in Black and Hispanic communities.

Steve Adubato is joined by Joseph L. Fiordaliso, President, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, to discuss the issues with the costs of Gov. Murphy’s Energy Master Plan, the importance of the New Jersey Wind Port, and the long-term impact of climate change on the nation.

Steve Adubato is joined by Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R) – NJ, 16th Legislative District, to discuss the ways politics have changed over the last decade, the rise of political polarization across the nation, and the connection between quality, affordable child care and the economy.

Greg Lalevee; Jonathan Lee, MD; Syleevia Thompson

Steve Adubato speaks with Greg Lalevee, Business Manager, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825, about the importance of infrastructure for the nation’s economy, Governor Murphy’s Energy Master Plan to help fight climate change, and the importance of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to help fund major projects and support unions and jobs.

Steve Adubato speaks with Jonathan Lee, MD, Medical Director of Oncology Services, Holy Name, about the impact of COVID-19 on early detection for cancer and the importance of Precision Medicine for cancer treatments.

Steve Adubato sits down with Syleecia Thompson, DBA, Professor of Management, Berkeley College, and Author, The Resilience Factor: How to Face Adversity, Trauma, and Tragedy like a Superhero. They discuss the connection between resilience and leadership, the challenges in teaching resilience to younger generations, and the ways to overcome COVID fatigue.

Maureen A. Coyle, Ph.D.; Dale Florio; Joetta

Steve Adubato speaks with Maureen A. Coyle, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor, Seton Hall University, about the long-term impact of social media on our children’s’ mental health and the challenges of being mindful about the amount of time spent on our cellphones. 

Steve Adubato sits down with Dale Florio, Republican Strategist, and Managing Partner, Princeton Public Affairs Group, to discuss the implications of New Jersey’s 2021 election, the key issues facing Gov. Murphy in 2022 and beyond, and the impact of the COVID-19 vaccine mandates on state politics.

As part of a half hour special dedicated to women business leaders, Steve Adubato is joined by Joetta, 4-Time Olympian, Entrepreneur, and Motivational Speaker, and NJ Hall of Fame Inductee, to discuss her “Gotta Do?” keynote message, the connection between wellness, fitness and business, and the importance of staying healthy throughout the pandemic.

Ralph Izzo, Ph.D.; Bob Feinberg and Evelyn McGee Colbert; Atam P. Dhawan, Ph.D.

Steve Adubato sits down with Ralph Izzo, PhD, Chairman, President and CEO, PSEG, to talk about the biggest takeaways from the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, his thoughts on Governor Murphy’s Energy Master Plan, and the impact of the climate crisis on the world.

Steve Adubato is joined by Bob Feinberg, Founder & Chairman, Montclair Film, and Evelyn McGee Colbert, President, Montclair Film, to discuss the 2021 Montclair Film Festival, the challenges Montclair Film faced due to Hurricane Ida, and the launch of The Claridge Theatre.

Steve Adubato is joined by Atam P. Dhawan, Ph.D., Senior Vice Provost for Research, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology. They discuss the importance of the Port Newark Container Terminal for the nation’s economy and the NJEDA’s $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge.

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Making A Difference: Addressing Educational Inequities; Kim Gaddy

Steve Adubato is joined by a panel of Russ Berrie Making A Difference Award winners to talk about the ways the Russ Berrie Foundation brings people and communities together, the importance of the arts and STEM in education, and the impact of COVID-19 on students and teachers throughout New Jersey.

Panelists Include:

Paul Winslow, PhD, President and Co-Founder, Students2Science 

Sharron Miller, Founder, Sharron Miller’s Academy for Performing Arts


Larry Abrams, English Teacher at Lindenwold High School, and Executive Director and Founder, BookSmiles

Steve Adubato speaks with Kim Gaddy, Founder and Director, The South Ward Environmental Alliance, and Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award Honoree, about the ways the South Ward is negatively impacted by the pollution from the Port Authority of NY/NJ and the airport, her personal connection to fighting against air and water pollution in the Newark community, and the long-lasting impact of the Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award.

Ira Robbins; Rick Thigpen; Asw. Nancy Muñoz

Steve Adubato sits down with Ira Robbins, President & CEO, Valley Bank, to discuss the ways customer-business relationships have changed throughout the pandemic and the future of technology and banking.

Steve Adubato is joined by Rick Thigpen, Senior Vice President for Corporate Citizenship, PSEG, to talk about the key areas of military leadership and the military leaders from New Jersey who made an impact on the state.

Steve Adubato is joined by Asw. Nancy F. Muñoz (R) – NJ, Deputy Majority Leader, to discuss the New Jersey Statehouse Vaccine Mandate, Governor Murphy’s leadership throughout the pandemic, and the connection between child care and economic vitality.

Teen Driver Safety

Steve Adubato is joined by a panel of driving safety community leaders to discuss the importance of teen driving safety initiatives in the region, ways to teach young adults safe driving habits and how the COVID pandemic has impacted driving trends. The panel also explores how students are utilizing social media to share messaging about safety with their peers and the impact of communities creating a culture of safe driving.

Panelists Include:

Violet Marrero, Consumer Safety Director, NJM Insurance Group

Wendy Berk, LCSW, Vice President, Development and Communications, Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey

John Donaldson, Director of Media and Communications, Lenape Regional High School District


Darren West, Former Student, Shawnee High School

Carol Leonnig & Philip Rucker

Steve Adubato is joined by Carol Leonnig, Co-Author, “I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year,” and National Investigative Reporter, Washington Post, and Philip Rucker, Co-Author, “I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year,” and Senior Washington Correspondent, Washington Post. They discuss former President Trump’s leadership style and the final year of his presidency, the long-term impact of the January 6th Capitol riots, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nation.

Neal Shapiro; Sonia Manzano

The WNET Group’s President & CEO, Neal Shapiro, discusses American Cities Rebuilding Conversation Series, which includes a diverse group of thought leaders addressing the country’s biggest issues in the midst of the pandemic. 

Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on Sesame Street for 44 years, talks about her journey on the iconic PBS show as well as her new show on PBS Kids, Alma’s Way, which is inspired by Sonia’s own childhood as a Puerto Rican girl growing up in the Bronx.

Dr. Christine Masterson; Thomas Shea & Juan Rios; Dr. Steven Sheris

Steve Adubato sits down with Christine Masterson, MD, Chief of Women, Children and Dermatology Service Lines, Summit Health, to discuss how women in the “sandwich generation” face increased stress providing care for their parents and children simultaneously and the importance of women taking care of their health throughout the pandemic. Dr. Masterson also stresses the need for children to get back on track with routine vaccines.

Steve Adubato is joined by Thomas Shea, D.Sc., Professor & Program Director, Police Graduate Studies Program, College of Education and Human Services, Seton Hall University, and Juan A. Rios, DSW, LCSW, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work, and Director (On sabbatical), Masters of Work Program, Seton Hall University. They discuss the biggest challenges law enforcement officers are currently facing, how the Community Care & Justice initiative is working to reimagine traditional models of law enforcement, and the future of police-minority relations.

Steve Adubato sits down with Steven Sheris, MD, Executive Vice President & Chief Physician Executive, Atlantic Health System, and President, Atlantic Medical Group, to discuss the leadership lessons he’s learned during the COVID health crisis, the importance of telehealth for healthcare, and the need to support healthcare workers throughout the pandemic.

Reimagine Child Care Town Hall Part 2

In part 2 of this 2-part special, Steve Adubato is joined by a panel of of educators and advocates to discuss the child care crisis happening in our state and country and what needs to be done in Trenton to help make sure our youngest children and their families are receiving quality, affordable and reliable childcare.

Panelists Include:

Cecilia Zalkind, President & CEO of Advocates for Children of New Jersey

Dr. Junlei Li, Saul Zaentz Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education and Chair, Human Development and Education Program at Harvard Graduate School of Education

Asw. Yvonne Lopez (D) – 19th Legislative District 

Winifred Smith-Jenkins, Senior Director, Zadie’s Nurturing Den

Reimagine Child Care Town Hall, Part 1

Steve Adubato is joined by a panel of of educators and advocates to discuss the child care crisis happening in our state and country and what needs to be done in Trenton to help make sure our youngest children and their families are receiving quality, affordable and reliable childcare.

Panelists Include:

Cecilia Zalkind, President & CEO of Advocates for Children of New Jersey

Dr. Junlei Li, Saul Zaentz Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education and Chair, Human Development and Education Program at Harvard Graduate School of Education

Asw. Yvonne Lopez (D) – 19th Legislative District 

Winifred Smith-Jenkins, Senior Director, Zadie’s Nurturing Den

William Sproule; Dr. Ami Vaidya; Adam Philipson

Steve Adubato speaks with William C. Sproule, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, about the importance of the Gateway Tunnel Project to the New Jersey and New York region, the goals for clean energy in New Jersey, and the issues around misclassification of workers and its impact on the state’s economy.

Steve Adubato is joined by Ami P. Vaidya, MD, Co-Chief, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, and Vice Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Hackensack Meridian Health. They discuss the importance of the HPV vaccine for youth, and the common misconceptions about the HPV vaccine. Dr. Vaidya also describes the safety of the COVID vaccine.

Steve Adubato sits down with Adam Philipson, President & CEO, Count Basie Center for the Arts, to talk about the challenges the arts community faced throughout the public health crisis, and how people reconnected to the arts during the pandemic. They also discuss William J. “Count” Basie’s impact on the music industry and his legacy in New Jersey.

Motherhood & Employment in a Pandemic; Christy Biedron 

Steve Adubato is joined by a panel of women business leaders to discuss the main challenges women face in the workforce, specifically minority women, and how child care has been a barrier for women during the pandemic. They also talk about the difference between equality versus equity for women in the workforce, gender and racial biases in hiring practices, and the importance of talking about mental health, especially during the pandemic. 

Michellene Davis; Dr. Lynette Fraga; Dr. Eugene Cornacchia

Steve Adubato is joined by Michellene Davis, Esq., President & CEO, National Medical Fellowship, to talk about the impact of the COVID pandemic on health care disparities, vaccine resistance and hesitancy in minority and underserved communities, and the long-term impact of racial disparities in Black maternal and infant health.

Steve Adubato speaks with Lynette M. Fraga, PhD, CEO, Child Care Aware of America, about the ways the COVID crisis impacted the child care industry, the challenges families face in accessing affordable, quality child care, and the importance of the Biden administration’s plans for child care and early care education.

Steve Adubato sits down with Eugene Cornacchia, PhD, President, Saint Peter’s University, to discuss the biggest leadership lessons he learned during the pandemic, the future of higher education post-COVID, and the importance of addressing equality and social justice issues in education.

Jim Carey; Dr. Leon Smith; Shabnam Salih

Steve Adubato speaks with James A. Carey, Jr., Executive Director, New Jersey Lottery, about New Jersey Lottery’s record sales during the COVID-19 pandemic, the issues with problem gambling throughout the state and the annual Festival of Ballooning.

Leon Smith, Jr., MD, Director of Maternal/Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, joins Steve Adubato to address patient concerns about COVID vaccines and pregnancy and fertility, and the safety of these vaccines. 

Steve Adubato sits down with Shabnam Salih, Director, NJ Office of Health Care Affordability & Transparency, to discuss the importance of the Get Covered NJ initiative to improve access to healthcare coverage for New Jersey residents, and Executive Order #217, which supports affordability and accessibility measures in healthcare.

Natalie Renew; Alejandro Giménez-Santana; Vaughn Crowe

Steve Adubato speaks with Natalie Renew, Director, Home Grown, about the ways the COVID health crisis impacted home-based child care, the need for public support and investment in child care, and the increased importance of high quality, accessible child care for families.

Steve Adubato sits down with Alejandro Giménez-Santana, PhD, Director, Newark Public Safety Collaborative, and Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Rutgers School of Criminal Justice. They discuss the rise in crime in cities across the nation, the importance of empowering communities to work together with the police, and why Newark is being recognized as a national model for public safety. 

Steve Adubato is joined by Vaughn Crowe, Managing Partner, Newark Venture Partners, to talk about the impact of the pandemic on Newark’s economic development and technology ecosystem, the long-term impact of the crisis on small and early-stage businesses, and the importance of increasing diversity within companies to help confront racism in the Newark community.

Healthcare, Childcare and Higher Education

Steve Adubato is joined by Michellene Davis, Esq., President & CEO, National Medical Fellowship, to talk about the impact of the COVID pandemic on health care disparities, vaccine resistance and hesitancy in minority and underserved communities, and the long-term impact of racial disparities in Black maternal and infant health.

Steve Adubato speaks with Lynette M. Fraga, PhD, CEO, Child Care Aware of America, about the ways the COVID crisis impacted the child care industry, the challenges families face in accessing affordable, quality child care, and the importance of the Biden administration’s plans for child care and early care education.

Steve Adubato sits down with Eugene Cornacchia, PhD, President, Saint Peter’s University, to discuss the biggest leadership lessons he learned during the pandemic, the future of higher education post-COVID, and the importance of addressing equality and social justice issues in education.

NJ Congressman and State Senator Talk Capitol Riots and COVID Leadership

Steve Adubato is joined by U.S. Congressman Andy Kim (D) – NJ, 3rd Congressional District, to reflect on his personal experience during the January 6th U.S. Capitol riots, the future of our democracy, and the long-term impact of disinformation on the nation. They also talk about how the pandemic exacerbated discrimination and racism towards the Asian community and the issues with food insecurity in New Jersey.

Steve Adubato is joined by Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R) – NJ, 13th Legislative District, to discuss the state of the COVID vaccine distribution in New Jersey; Governor Murphy’s leadership throughout the public health crisis; the impact of the pandemic on small businesses in New Jersey; and the importance of the regionalization of the state’s school districts.

Analyzing Trump + His Presidency

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Executive Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato sits down with Elie Honig, Senior Legal Analyst, CNN, Former Federal and State Prosecutor, and Author, Hatchet Man, to discuss his book and the meaning behind the “prosecutor’s code,” the role of the Attorney General and former Attorney General Bill Barr’s impact and legacy on the office.

Steve Adubato is joined by Barbara A. Res, Esq., Author, Tower of Lies: What My Eighteen Years of Working with Donald Trump Reveals About Him, and Former Executive Vice President, Trump Organization. They talk about her experience working with former President Donald Trump, his changing leadership style, the long-term impact of his presidency, and the investigation into the Trump organization.

Vicky Hernandez; Dr. Jessica Israel; Meghan Tavormina; Dr. Marie Mullaney

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Executive Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato speaks with Vicky Hernandez, Executive Director, Ironbound Community Corporation, about the impact of the pandemic on Ironbound’s mission and work, the issues surrounding childcare in Newark, and the importance of encouraging the Newark community to get vaccinated.

Steve Adubato is joined by Jessica Israel, MD, Senior Vice President of Geriatrics and Palliative Care, RWJBarnabas Health, to discuss the importance of communication to Palliative Care, the ways COVID disproportionately impacts the elderly community, and the importance of the Palliative Care Collaborative in bringing different hospitals together to learn from and support each other.

Steve Adubato sits down with Meghan Tavormina, President, New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children, and Executive Director, The Learning Path, to talk about the issues with low wages and COVID closures that have led to the staffing crisis in the childcare industry, the impact of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan on childcare, and the importance of affordable, quality, accessible child care to New Jersey’s economy.

Steve Adubato is joined by Marie Mullaney, Ph.D., Professor of History, and Specialist, Women’s History, Caldwell University, who shares her thoughts on why women’s history should be implemented into regular history lessons. She also discusses the history of holidays created by women, including Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and Thanksgiving.

Music & Empathy; Combatting Hunger & Life Saving Transplants

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Executive Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato sits down with Stefon Harris, Assistant Professor, Music, Rutgers University-Newark & Grammy Nominated Musician, to discuss teaching empathy through music and the importance of increasing access to music and the arts.

Steve Adubato speaks with Joyce Campbell, Executive Director, Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, about the ways COVID exacerbated food insecurity in Mercer County, how TASK has helped communities in need during the crisis, and the impact of the digital divide on underserved communities.

Steve Adubato sits down with Nick Pyrsopoulos, MD, PhD, MBA, Medical Director, Liver Transplant Program, University Hospital, and James V. Guarrera, MD, Chief of Service for Surgery, Surgical Director, Liver Transplantation, University Hospital. They discuss the success of their liver transplant program, the impact of COVID on transplantation, and the importance of research collaboration.

COVID-19 & The Transplant Community

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Executive Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato is joined by a panel of leaders to discuss the impact of the COVID pandemic on the organ and tissue transplant community and the reasons behind vaccine hesitancy among transplant recipients. The panel also discusses the upcoming Reimagined Transplant Games.

Part one panelists include:

Bill Ryan, President & CEO, Transplant Life Foundation

E. Denise Peoples, Double Lung Recipient and Hospital & Community Services Coordinator, NJ Sharing Network

Sharyn Sawczak, RN, CPTC, CTBS, Director, Clinical Practice & Innovation, NJ Sharing Network

Part two guests include:

Leilani Graham, Heart Transplant Recipient, Patient Advocate & Healthcare Consultant

Brian Lima, MD, FACS, Surgical Director, Heart Transplantation & Mechanical Circulatory Support, Medical City Heart Hospital, Advanced Cardiothoracic Surgeons

COVID-19 & The Autism Community; U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Jr.

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Executive Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss this episode of Think Tank.

With the onset of COVID-19, there were numerous challenges facing a variety of communities. One particular community that was impacted was those living with autism and their family members. Steve Adubato is joined by a panel of leaders who discuss the unique challenges children and adults with autism face during the pandemic, the reasons why people with autism are more likely to get COVID, and the reasons why remote learning is challenging for children with autism.

Panelists include:

Michele Adubato, CEO, The North Ward Center, and Founder, The Center for Autism

Suzanne Buchanan, Psy.D., BCBA-D, Executive Director, Autism New Jersey

Nadine Wright-Arbubakrr, Founder & President, Nassan’s Place

Steve Adubato is joined by Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr. (D) – NJ, 10th Congressional District, to discuss the life and legacy of the late Congressman Donald Payne, Sr. and his impact on New Jersey and the nation.

Small Business Makes a Big Difference

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Executive Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato is joined by a panel of business leaders to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the small business community in New Jersey, especially women and minority-owned businesses. The panelists reflect on lessons learned throughout the crisis and discuss the steps businesses will need to take to grow and prosper again, including continuity planning and technology training.

Panelists include:

Michele Siekerka, Esq, President & CEO, New Jersey Business & Industry Association

Jim Kirkos, President & CEO, Meadowlands Regional Chamber

Marjorie Perry, President & CEO, MZM Construction & Management

Rana Shanawani, Executive Director, Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship

5/30/21

Lessons in Leadership: Greg Lalevee and DeForest Soaries

Steve Adubato and Mary Gamba are joined once again by Greg Lalevee, Business Manager & General Vice President, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825, who talks about motivating others and investing in your team. Then, Steve talks with DeForest B. Soaries, Jr., Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, and Founder, Corporate Community Connections, Inc. about the importance of challenging the status quo. 5/30/21

Habitat for Humanity, Cyberpsychology & Vaccine Hesitancy

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Executive Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato sits down with CT Mobley, Division Vice President, Small Business Services, Diverse Business Channels at ADP, and Scott Millard, CEO, Paterson Habitat for Humanity, to talk about the 20-year relationship between Paterson Habitat and ADP, the unique challenges facing the Paterson community, and the importance of corporate philanthropy during the crisis.

Steve Adubato speaks with Julie Ancis, Ph.D., Professor & Cyberpsychology Director, New Jersey Institute of Technology, about the connection between cyberpsychology and the pandemic, the ways children are using social media and technology throughout the crisis, and the challenges of managing misinformation online.

Steve Adubato is joined by Stephen Brunnquell, MD, President, Englewood Health Physician Network, to discuss the need to educate the public about the COVID-19 vaccine and the role social media plays in the spread of misinformation about the vaccine. They also discuss how Englewood’s new medical complex in Jersey City will impact the community. 5/23/21

Talking Racial + Social Justice with Don Lemon

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Executive Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato is joined by Don Lemon, Anchor, CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, and Author, This is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism, to discuss the long-term impact of the death of George Floyd on the nation, how people can work to confront racism and sexism in society, and the responsibility of the media in delivering truthful journalism.

Steve Adubato speaks with Henal Patel, Esq., Director, Democracy & Justice Program, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, about the distinctions between voter suppression and election security, the impact of Georgia’s new election policies, and the connection between voting laws and race. 5/15/21

Excellence in Education

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato is joined by a panel of educators from across the state to discuss the challenges teachers have faced throughout the COVID-19 crisis, including keeping students engaged during remote instruction and managing the stress of the pandemic and their responsibilities as teachers. They also discuss the role of social emotional learning and the importance of using the arts as an outlet for students.

Panelists include:

Kimberly Scott-Hayden, NEA National Education Support Professional of the Year, Inventory Control Clerk at East Orange Public Schools, and President of the East Orange Maintenance Association

Philip Pallitto, 5th & 6th Grade Teacher, Jordan Road School, and 2020-21 Atlantic County Teacher of the Year

Alicia Vilas, 5th Grade Teacher, Dr. Maya Angelou Elementary School PS #20, and 2020-21 Hudson County Teacher of the Year

Nicholas Ferroni, Teacher, Union High School

COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in NJ

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato sits down with Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Essex County Executive, and Maya Lordo, Health Officer, Essex County, New Jersey, to discuss Essex County’s success in creating vaccination opportunities, and the coordination efforts between Essex County, the state & federal government and New Jersey hospital systems.

Steve Adubato speaks with Lilo H. Stainton, Health Care Writer, NJ Spotlight News, about the challenges with New Jersey’s vaccination system, including the amount of healthcare workers needed to vaccinate the public. They also discuss the importance of the state working to overcome distrust of the vaccine in minority communities.

Steve Adubato is joined by Ali A. Houshmand, PhD, President, Rowan University, to discuss the logistics of the COVID-19 vaccination process and the need to utilize higher education entities to assist with getting communities vaccinated. 3/21/21

Peter Webster; Julie Roginsky & Mike DuHaime; Dr. Joe Duffy

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato speaks with Peter Webster, Resident Managing Director, Commercial Risk Solutions, Aon, about the connection between quality, affordable child care and the economy, the importance of child care to the business industry, and the history and significance of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

Steve Adubato sits down with Julie Roginsky, Democratic Strategist & President of Optimus Communications, and Mike DuHaime, Republican Strategist and Partner of Mercury LLC, to talk about how divided we are as a nation and the significance of people believing misinformation about COVID-19 and climate change science.

Steve Adubato sits down with Joseph Duffy, MD, Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, St. Joseph’s Health, to discuss the importance of educating the public about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine, the effective treatments for COVID-19, and the fatigue healthcare workers are experiencing during the crisis. 3/14/21

Healthcare, Childcare and Film Production

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato is joined by Marie Nevin, MD, FACE, Department Chair of Endocrinology, Summit Medical Group, to discuss the importance of properly treating patients with diabetes, the impact of COVID-19 on individuals with diabetes, and the increased use and importance of telehealth during the crisis.

Steve Adubato sits down with Amanda Missey, President & CEO, Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative, to talk about the significant role of volunteers in providing healthcare to low-income, uninsured adults in Bergen County, especially during the pandemic. They also discuss BVMI’s new telehealth program and the need for continued fundraising throughout the crisis.

Steve Adubato is joined by Aly Richards, CEO of Let’s Grow Kids, to discuss the mission of Let’s Grow Kids, the impact of COVID-19 on the child care industry, and how Vermont can be used as a national model for child care during the pandemic.

Steve Adubato speaks with Steven Gorelick, Executive Director, New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission, about how COVID-19 impacted the Commission in attracting film to the state and the importance of the Film & Digital Media Tax Credit Program. 3/7/21

Racism in Healthcare and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato is joined by Shereef M. Elnahal, MD, MBA, President & CEO of University Hospital, and Chris T. Pernell, MD, MPH, FACPM, Chief Strategic Integration & Health Equity Officer, University Hospital, to discuss the state of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, the history of institutional racism in our society and how it relates to distrust in the vaccine, and the role of government in public health.

Steve Adubato is joined by John Harmon, Founder, President & CEO, African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on business in the state, specifically in Black communities, and the importance of support from the federal government to help businesses succeed.

Steve Adubato speaks with Carlos Medina, Esq., President, Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, about the impact of COVID-19 on Hispanic-owned businesses in New Jersey, the importance of spreading awareness about the vaccine in minority communities, and the long term impact COVID-19 will have on small businesses. 2/28/21

Analyzing COVID-19, Gateway Tunnel & Climate Change Anxiety

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato sits down with Laurie G. Jacobs, MD, Chair & Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine and Hackensack University Medical Center, to discuss “long-haulers,” who are those dealing with long-term complications of COVID-19 infection and treatment, and the programs tailored specifically to meet their needs.

Steve Adubato speaks with Stephen Sigmund, Chief of Public Outreach, Gateway Program Development Corporation, about the importance of the Gateway Project and its impact on the region, President-elect Joe Biden’s support for Gateway, and the London Bridge report.

Steve Adubato is joined by Patricia Findley, DrPH, MSW, Associate Professor & Director, MSW Program, Rutgers University School of Social Work, and Carrie Ferraro, PhD, Associate Director, Coastal Climate Risk & Resilience Initiative, Rutgers University Center for Ocean Observing Leadership. They discuss how climate change can lead to anxiety in children, the ways parents and teachers can identify expressions of anxiety and help children cope with stress, and the importance of teaching children about climate science. 2/21/21

Kevin O’Toole; Dr. Nicole McGrath-Barnes; Jens Audenaert

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato is joined by Kevin O’Toole, Chairman, Board of Commissioners, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, to discuss his column on NJ Globe, “The O’Toole Chronicles,” the need for civility in politics, and the importance of having a split government.

Steve Adubato sits down with Nicole McGrath-Barnes, DDS, FACD, Founder & CEO, Kindersmile Foundation, to discuss the mission of the Foundation, the connection between oral health and overall health, the impact of COVID-19 on oral health care in underserved communities, and the importance of talking about systemic racism in health care.

Steve Adubato speaks with Jens Audenaert, Division VP & General Manager, Workmarket at ADP, about the importance of diversity & inclusion in the workplace in 2021, the impact of COVID-19 on ADP’s Diversity & Inclusion initiative, and understanding how to support those facing intersectionality. 2/14/21

Future of GOP with NJ Gov. Christie + COVID in NJ with Steve Politi

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato is joined by Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) to talk about his thoughts on the United States Capitol riots on January 6, 2021, President Trump’s involvement in inciting the riots, and the biggest challenges and opportunities President-elect Joe Biden faces in his presidency. They also discuss the lessons Gov. Christie learned from his personal experience with COVID-19 and the challenges facing vaccine distribution in New Jersey.

Steve Adubato speaks with Steve Politi, Sports Columnist, NJ Advance Media, about his recent article on the emotional and inspirational stories of people and families who dealt with and pushed through COVID-19. They also discuss how student athletes have been impacted by sports restrictions during the pandemic. 2/7/21

Clean Energy & Confronting Racism in Healthcare

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato is joined by Barry H. Ostrowsky, President & CEO, RWJBarnabas Health, to talk about the book he co-authored, Changing Missions, Changing Lives…How a Change Agent Can Turn the Ship and Create Impact, his commitment to confronting racism in the field of healthcare, and the importance of informing communities about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Steve Adubato sits down with Joseph L. Fiordaliso, President, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, to talk about the state of clean energy in New Jersey, how the Energy Master Plan will help the state reach its goal of 100% clean energy by 2050, the role of the federal government in New Jersey’s clean energy mission, and how COVID-19 has impacted the energy field. Steve Adubato speaks with S. Nadia Hussain, Maternal Justice Campaign Director, MomsRising, about the maternal mortality crisis in New Jersey and across the country, the role of the federal government in Black maternal health outcomes, and the impact of COVID-19 on racial disparities in maternal health. 1/31/21

Brian Stelter; Angel Santiago; Laura Greenwald

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato is joined by Brian Stelter, Anchor, Reliable Sources, CNN Chief Media Correspondent, and Author of Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth, to discuss the relationship between President Trump and the media, the role of the media & social media in the post-Trump era, and how the news has covered the public health crisis.

Steve Adubato sits down with Angel Santiago, 2020-21 NJ State Teacher of the Year & Fifth Grade Teacher, Loring Flemming Elementary School, to discuss the impact of being named the teacher of the year, his ability to adapt during the pandemic & connect with students virtually, and the importance of diversity in education.

Steve Adubato speaks with Laura Greenwald, D.M.A., Music Department Chair & Director, Vocal Activities and the Choral & Opera Workshop, Caldwell University, about the challenges teaching music on the college level during a pandemic, the connection between music and mental health, and the importance of innovative teaching methods and performances during the crisis.

1/24/21

Panel: Democracy at a Crossroads

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss this episode of Think Tank.

As part of our “Democracy at a Crossroads” series of programs, Steve Adubato is joined by a panel of experts to discuss the divided discourse in the country following the 2020 election, the role of the media in a functioning democracy, President Trump’s leadership throughout his tenure, and the challenges facing President-elect Joe Biden.

Panelists include:

Jeanette Hoffman, Republican Strategist & President, Marathon Public Affairs

Karen Hunter, Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist & Host, “The Karen Hunter Show” on SiriusXM

Ben Dworkin, PhD, Director, Rowan Institute for Public Policy & Citizenship (RIPPAC)

Pete Oneglia, General Manager & Co-Founder, Insider NJ

1/10/21

Tom Bergeron; Asw. Eliana Pintor Marin; Michellene Davis

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss this episode of Think Tank.

As part of our “Democracy at a Crossroads” series of programs, Steve Adubato speaks with Tom Bergeron, Owner & Editor, ROI-NJ, about the response to the results of the 2020 election, the lack of trust in the voting process, and the role of the media in ensuring a healthy democracy.

Steve Adubato speaks with Asw. Eliana Pintor Marin (D) – NJ, Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on Newark, the long-term economic impact of the crisis on the state, and the importance of affordable, accessible, and quality child care during the pandemic.

Steve Adubato is joined by Michellene Davis, Executive Vice President & Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, RWJBarnabas Health, to discuss social determinants of health and the book she co-authored, Changing Missions, Changing Lives…How a Change Agent Can Turn the Ship and Create Impact, about corporate engagement in social change. 1/3/21

Democracy at a Crossroads with Rep. Mikie Sherrill & Fmr. NY Gov. David Paterson

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss this episode of Think Tank.

As part of our “Democracy at a Crossroads” series of programs, Steve Adubato is joined by David Paterson, Former Governor of New York & Author, Black, Blind, and In Charge, to discuss his journey overcoming a severe disability and racial prejudice to become a state senator, lieutenant governor and the governor of New York. Gov. Paterson also shares the importance of bipartisan cooperation in politics.

As part of our “Democracy at a Crossroads” series of programs, Steve Adubato is joined by U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D) – NJ, to discuss the state of our democracy, the lack of trust in the electoral process, President Trump’s tone & demeanor during the 2020 election, and her thoughts on President-elect Joe Biden. 12/20/20

Tim Naftali & John Catsimatidis on Trump Tenure; Bob Feinberg on Arts in NJ

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato speaks with Timothy Naftali, PhD, Presidential Historian, NYU & Former Director, Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum, about President Trump’s tenure and leadership throughout his presidency and the pandemic, as well as the possible transition of power.

Steve Adubato talks to John Catsimatidis, Chairman & CEO, Red Apple Group, about his thoughts on President Trump’s leadership, the 2020 election and the political discourse taking place across the nation.

Steve Adubato is joined by Bob Feinberg, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of WNET, and CEO & Founder of Montclair Film, to discuss the changes that needed to be made for the 9th annual Montclair Film Festival, the challenges of fundraising during COVID-19, and the innovative happenings around film throughout the pandemic. 12/12/20

Paula Franzese on Supreme Court in Society & Jenn Sherman on Peloton

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato sits down with Paula Franzese, Peter W. Rodino Professor of Law & Director of Leadership Fellows Program, Seton Hall University School of Law, to talk about the life and legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the role of the U.S. Supreme Court in today’s society, and President Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ginsburg’s seat.

Steve Adubato speaks with Jenn Sherman, Peloton Instructor, about her authentic, original Peloton rides and the need for exercise during these challenging times to help improve both physical and mental health. 11/22/20

Entrepreneurship in the Age of COVID-19 with Gary Vee

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato sits down with Author & Entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO of VaynerMedia, and Chairman of VaynerX, to talk about the impact of COVID-19 on entrepreneurship & innovation and the new normal of remote communications. 11/8/20

The COVID-19 Pandemic & Its Impact on Transplant

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss the segments on this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato sits down with Joe Roth, President & CEO, NJ Sharing Network, and Elisse Glennon, Executive Director, NJ Sharing Network Foundation, to talk about the impact of COVID-19 on organ and tissue donation, how NJ Sharing Network supported the transplant community during these challenging times and the upcoming 2021 Transplant Games. Steve continues the conversation about transplant with healthcare leaders from across the state including:

Robert Garrett, CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health

Michele Donato, MD, Chief, Stem Cell Transplantation & Cellular Therapy Division, John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center

Daniel Varga, MD, Chief Physician Executive, Hackensack Meridian Health

Stuart Geffner, MD, MS, Chairman, Surgeon in Chief & Director, Renal & Pancreas Surgery Program at Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Margarita Camacho, MD, Surgical Director, Heart Transplant Program, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Deepa Iyer, MD, Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiologist & Medical Director, Mechanical Circulatory Support Program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Nadine Wright-Arbubakrr; Dr. Mark Merlin; Mark Dinglasan; Dave Ellis

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss the segments on this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato speaks with Nadine Wright-Arbubakrr, Founder & President, Nassan’s Place, about her son, Nassan, who has non-verbal autism, and the challenges facing families and children with autism during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Steve Adubato speaks with Mark A. Merlin, DO, Founder & CEO, MD1 Program, about the mission of MD1 in bringing doctors to the site of emergency situations and how COVID-19 has impacted the way their organization functions.

Steve Adubato speaks with Mark Dinglasan, Executive Director, CUMAC, about the mission of the anti-hunger organization, social determinants of health, and the long-term impact of adverse childhood experiences on children and how they are connected to food insecurity.

Steve Adubato is joined by Dave Ellis, Executive Director of the Office of Resilience, The New Jersey Department of Children and Families, to talk about the need for high-quality, affordable childcare in the age of COVID-19 and the importance of having conversations about confronting racism.

10/18/20

Newark During COVID-19 Panel & Leadership in Policing with Patrick Colligan

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss the segments on this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato is joined by Michele Adubato, CEO, The North Ward Center, Marsha Atkind, Executive Director and CEO, The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey and Anibal Ramos Jr., North Ward Councilman, City of Newark, to discuss the role of non-profits, foundations and elected officials in supporting communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Steve Adubato is joined by Patrick Colligan, State President, New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association, to discuss the murder of George Floyd and the need to talk about confronting racism in the law enforcement community.

10/11/20

Nursing + Healthcare with Rebecca Love, Dr. Ganat, Dr. Neville, Dr. LeBenger

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss the segments on this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato speaks with Rebecca Love, RN, BS, MSN, President, SONSIEL, and Vice President, OptimizeRx, about the challenges nurses face during the COVID-19 public health crisis, the future of the nursing profession and the Nurse Hack for Health: COVID-19 Virtual Hackathon event.

Steve Adubato is joined by Maz Ganat, MD, Program Director, Urologic Oncology, Englewood Health, to discuss the importance of returning to your regular health care during COVID-19, how COVID-19 will change the future of healthcare and the increased need for telemedicine.

Steve Adubato is joined by Kathleen Neville, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, College of Nursing, Seton Hall University, to discuss the role of nurses during the COVID-19 public health crisis and the ways COVID-19 adds stress to the lives of people with opioid abuse issues.

Steve Adubato speaks with Kerry LeBenger, MD, FAAAAI, FACAAI, Chief Medical Officer, Summit CityMD, about the importance of ensuring the safety of both patients and healthcare workers during COVID-19 and the long-term impact of COVID-19 on the field of healthcare.

9/27/20

Dr. Perry Halkitis; Thomas Brostrøm; Marjorie Perry

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss the segments on this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato speaks with Perry N. Halkitis, Dean, Rutgers School of Public Health, about the issues with COVID-19 and contact sports, as well as the challenges with testing and contact tracing.

Steve Adubato speaks with Thomas Brostrøm, CEO, Ørsted North America, Offshore, about innovation in wind energy, development of the New Jersey Wind Port and the importance of Ørsted’s Pro-NJ Trust in supporting small, women-owned and minority-owned businesses.

Steve Adubato is joined by Marjorie Perry, President & CEO of MZM Construction & Management, to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on small businesses, the digital divide in education and what we need to do to confront racism in our communities.

9/20/20

MSNBC’s Joy Reid & CNN’s Jim Sciutto

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss the segments on this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato is joined by Joy Reid, Host, MSNBC’s THE REIDOUT, to talk about her reaction to Joe Biden’s selection of Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, the importance of diversity in politics and President Trump’s leadership and rhetoric throughout his presidency.

Steve Adubato is joined by Jim Sciutto, Co-Anchor, CNN Newsroom & CNN Chief National Security Correspondent, to discuss his new book, The Madman Theory: Trump Takes on the World; the impact of President Trump’s tone and demeanor on international relations; the 2020 election and the relationship between Trump and the media.

9/13/20

2020 Election with U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R) – NJ, Amy Kennedy (D) – NJ & Dr. Eugene Cornacchia

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss the segments on this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato is joined by U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R) – NJ, 2nd Congressional District, to discuss his decision to switch from the Democratic to the Republican Party, President Trump’s leadership throughout the pandemic and his thoughts on Joe Biden’s selection of U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris as his Vice Presidential running mate.

Steve Adubato is joined by Amy Kennedy (D) – NJ, Democratic Candidate, New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District, to discuss her thoughts on her opponent, Rep. Jeff Van Drew, and the need for better access to high-quality, affordable health care and mental health care, especially in the age of COVID.

Steve Adubato is joined by Eugene Cornacchia, PhD, President, Saint Peter’s University, to talk about the importance of the 2020 election to the nation, the impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis on higher education and the need for collaboration as well as competition between colleges and universities.

9/6/20

U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D) – NJ; Asm. Jon Bramnick (R) – NJ

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss the segments on this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato is joined by U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D) – NJ, Democratic Incumbent for U.S. Senate, to discuss presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris; President Trump’s tone and demeanor throughout his presidency and the national response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Sen. Booker also discusses legislation to protect the privacy of federal judges and legislation to confront racism in policing.

Steve Adubato talks to Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R) – NJ, Republican Leader, about Gov. Murphy’s plans to reopen the state’s economy, President Trump’s leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of the President’s decision to not attend the funeral service for the late Rep. John Lewis.

8/30/20

COVID-19 Impact on Child Care with Carole Johnson, Dr. Junlei Li & Beverly Lynn

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer of Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss the segments on this episode of Think Tank.

First, Steve is joined by Carole Johnson, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Human Services, to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis on child care centers across the state and how the Department of Human Services is supporting centers, children and families through this challenging time.

Then, Steve is joined by Junlei Li, Ph.D., Saul Zaentz Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Senior Fellow at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media. Steve and Dr. Li discuss the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on early childhood development, early learning and child care, as well as the role of public policy in supporting the child care industry.

Finally, Steve is joined by Beverly Lynn, Ed.D., CEO, Programs for Parents, to discuss the significant impact of the COVID-19 crisis on child care centers in New Jersey, how centers are working to safely reopen and the long-term implications of the pandemic on children and families, specifically in urban communities.

8/16/20

Confronting Racism with Aqeela Sherrills & Ryan Haygood

Steve Adubato is joined by Mikaela Batts, Associate Producer at the Caucus Educational Corporation, to discuss the segments on this episode of Think Tank.

First, Steve is joined by Aqeela Sherrills, Director, Newark Community Street Team, to talk about the history of systemic racism in our country and the importance of confronting these issues by continuing to have difficult conversations.

Then, Steve speaks to Ryan Haygood, President & CEO, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, to talk about the importance of confronting racism across the nation and the ways people can make a difference in their own communities.

8/9/20

Ira Robbins; Dan Lombardo; Pete Oneglia; Lilo Stainton

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer of Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss the segments on this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato is joined by Ira Robbins, President & CEO, Valley Bank, to talk about the larger role banks play in helping small businesses, non-profits and the larger community survive during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Steve Adubato speaks with Daniel L. Lombardo, President & CEO, Volunteers of America Delaware Valley, about the mission of VOADV and the unique challenges the homeless face during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Steve Adubato talks to Pete Oneglia, General Manager and Co-Founder, Insider NJ, about the important role of digital media platforms to inform the public during a crisis and how COVID-19 has impacted voting and the 2020 election.

Steve Adubato is joined by Lilo H. Stainton, Healthcare Writer, NJ Spotlight, to discuss the longterm impact of COVID-19 on healthcare and the evolving role of the media during the pandemic.

8/2/20

Kay Hendon; Cecilia Zalkind; Winifred Smith-Jenkins

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer of Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss the segments on this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato is speaks with Kay Hendon, Senior Program Officer, The Nicholson Foundation, about the growth of home-based child care in the age of COVID-19, the importance of affordable, high-quality child care for essential workers and the responsibility of the state and federal government to support access to child care.

Steve Adubato is joined by Cecilia Zalkind, President & CEO, Advocates for Children of New Jersey, to talk about the struggling infrastructure of child care, the importance of creating access to safe child care services for frontline and essential workers and the impact of state revenue on child care funding. 6/27/2020 #218

Steve Adubato speaks with Winifred Smith-Jenkins, Senior Director, Zadie’s Nurturing Den, about how COVID-19 is impacting child care centers across the state, how it will affect the future of child care and the disproportionate number of African Americans affected by the public health crisis.

7/26/20

Neal Shapiro; Dr. Ali Houshmand; Richard Uniacke

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer of Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss the segments on this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato is joined by Neal Shapiro, President & CEO, The WNET Group, to talk about the role of public media during a pandemic, the innovative, educational programming WNET is producing throughout the crisis and how COVID-19 will impact the future of broadcasting.

Steve Adubato speaks with Ali Houshmand, PhD, President, Rowan University, about how the COVID-19 public health crisis is impacting colleges and universities, prospective and current college students, and the future of higher education.

Steve Adubato is joined by Richard Uniacke, Executive Director, Bridges Outreach, to talk about the unique challenges the homeless community faces during COVID-19, the overall challenges non-profits are facing and the ways the city of Newark has helped the homeless population during these difficult times.

7/19/20

U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer; Jose Lozano; Judy Schmidt

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer of Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss the segments on this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato is joined by U.S. Representative Josh Gottheimer (D) – NJ, 5th Congressional District, to talk about the long-term economic impact of COVID-19 on New Jersey; the need for bipartisanship during a crisis; the importance of leadership from the state and federal government and the need to protect seniors and veterans throughout the crisis.

Steve Adubato speaks with Jose Lozano, President & CEO, Choose New Jersey, about the impact of the public health crisis on businesses in New Jersey, the connection between technology, innovation and COVID-19, and the impact of higher education on the state’s economic development.

Steve Adubato is joined by Judith Schmidt, MSN, RN, CEO, NJ State Nurses Association, to talk about the important role of nurses during the public health crisis, how the crisis has changed the future of nursing and the increased use of telehealth.

7/12/20

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez; Bob Garrett; Tammy Murphy

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer of Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss the segments on this episode of Think Tank.

Steve Adubato is joined by U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D) – NJ, to talk about how New Jersey has been impacted by the public health crisis in comparison to the rest of the nation; President Trump’s leadership during the pandemic; the role of the federal government during a crisis and the importance of being prepared for future COVID-19 outbreaks.

Steve Adubato speaks with Robert C. Garrett, CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health, about the ways physicians’ leadership has changed because of the COVID-19 public health crisis, the changing infrastructure of healthcare systems and the significance of the plasma transfusion therapy for COVID-19 patients.

Steve Adubato is joined by Tammy Murphy, First Lady of New Jersey, and Founding Chair, NJ Pandemic Relief Fund, to talk about the mission of the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund, the significance of the “Jersey 4 Jersey” relief benefit and the importance of finding ways to still give back to others while staying safe at home.

7/5/20

Think Tank: Dr. John Johnson and A’Dorian Murray-Thomas

Steve Adubato is joined by Dr. John Johnson, Assistant Professor, Saint Peter’s University, to Steve and Dr. Johnson’s recent in-studio interview and to go further in-depth about race relations in Newark, New Jersey and across the country, as well as white supremacy.

Later, Steve sits down with A’Dorian Murray-Thomas, Founder, SHE Wins!, to discuss how her tragic experience with gun violence inspired her to start an organization to help other girls in Newark cope with violence and grow into leaders.

Think Tank: Lauren Duca and Bill Ritter

Steve Adubato is joined by Pete Oneglia, General Manager, InsiderNJ, and Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss the impact of millennials on the political process. Then, Steve sits down with Lauren Duca, Journalist and Author, “How to Start a Revolution,” to discuss millennials’ political awakening.

Later, Steve Adubato is joined by Pete Oneglia and Nicole Swenarton to discuss the state of media and journalism. He then sits down with Bill Ritter, Anchor, Eyewitness News, WABC-TV, to talk about the media today, the divisive rhetoric seen online and the importance of encouraging kindness and compassion.

Think Tank: Selwyn Raab and Alejandro Roubian & Brett Sabo

Steve Adubato sits down with Selwyn Raab, Investigative Journalist & author, “Five Families: The Rise, Decline and Resurgence of America’s Most Powerful Mafia Empires,” to discuss the role of the American Mafia today and how its portrayed in the media.

Later, Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss the gun debate in America. He then sits down with Alejandro Roubian, President & Managing Editor, New Jersey Second Amendment Society and Brett Sabo, New Jersey Chapter Lead, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, to explore the different perspectives on gun laws and gun safety in New Jersey and the nation.

Think Tank: Jens Audenaert & Dafna Lemish

Steve Adubato is joined by Mary Gamba, Executive Producer, Steve Adubato’s Lessons in Leadership, and Laura Van Bloem, VP, Marketing & Sponsor Relations, Caucus Educational Corporation, to discuss female diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Then, Steve sits down with Jens Audenaert, Division Vice President & General Manager for WorkMarket at ADP and Executive Sponsor for ADP Pride, to examine the importance of inclusivity and diversity in a company in order to promote positive leadership and a safe workplace for all, including LGBTQ+ employees.

Later, Steve Adubato is joined by Jeanette Hoffman, Republican Strategist and President, Marathon Public Affairs, to discuss diversity in children’s television. He then sits down with Dr. Dafna Lemish, Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean for Programs, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, to discuss the impact of diversity in children’s television on how kids feel about themselves and the world.

Think Tank: Debbie Walsh & Kelly Thomas

Steve Adubato is joined by Jeanette Hoffman, Republican Strategist and President, Marathon Public Affairs and Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato to discuss female representation in politics. Then, Steve sits down with Debbie Walsh, Director, Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University, to examine the role of women in legislature and how the #MeToo movement has made an impact on women in politics.

Later, Steve Adubato goes on-location to Kessler Foundation’s “Transforming Care and Recovery for People with Spinal Cord Injury” event to speak with Kelly Thomas, Research Participant, University of Louisville, who talks about how innovative research has aided her rehabilitation from a spinal cord injury. He is joined by Mary Gamba, Executive Producer, Steve Adubato’s Lessons in Leadership for additional commentary.

Think Tank: Michael K. Williams & Dominic Dupont

Steve Adubato and Jim McGreevey, Former Governor of New Jersey & Chairman, New Jersey Reentry Corporation discuss how the opioid crisis affects citizens returning from incarceration. Later, Steve Adubato goes on-location to the New Jersey Reentry Conference at Saint Peter’s University to speak with Michael K. Williams, Actor and Founder, Making Kids Win and Dominic Dupont, Program Director, Making Kids Win. Williams talks about his acting career, struggle with addiction, and commitment to charitable efforts. Dupont shares his personal story of conviction as a teen and turning his life around.

Think Tank: Dr. Cornel West

Steve Adubato goes on-location to the 2019 NJEA Convention to sit down with Cornel West, Professor, Philosopher, Author & Activist, for a special half-hour conversation. They discuss social justice in education, the importance of civil political discourse, the leadership styles of President Obama and President Trump and the election outlook for 2020.

Think Tank: James Lipton

Steve Adubato looks at the life and legacy of the late James Lipton, long-time host of Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio and reflects on his insightful 2016 interview with Lipton where they discussed his students, his love for teaching and those famous 10 Questions Lipton asked his guests at the end of each show.

Think Tank: Chris Cuomo

Steve Adubato is joined by Nicole Swenarton, Senior Producer, Think Tank with Steve Adubato, to discuss the challenges of being a journalist today and where emotion has a place in reporting. Later, Steve Adubato speaks with Chris Cuomo, Anchor of CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time, to discuss challenges the media faces today and covering the Trump administration.

Think Tank: Steve Sweeney

Steve Adubato is joined by Benjamin Dworkin, Ph.D., Director of Rowan Institute for Public Policy & Citizenship, Rowan University to discuss the relationship between Governor Phil Murphy (D) – NJ and Senate President Steve Sweeney (D) – NJ and the state of the Democratic Party. Later, Steve Adubato speaks with Senate President Steve Sweeney to discuss the top issues facing New Jersey, including: the Path to Progress; the fiscal state of NJ; public employee pensions and vaping.

Think Tank: Holly Schepisi

Steve Adubato is joined by Jeanette Hoffman, Republican Strategist and President of Marathon Public Affairs to discuss facing scrutiny on social media while in the public eye. Later, Steve Adubato speaks with Asw. Holly T. Schepisi (R) – NJ, Assistant Republican Leader, who shares her experience in the public eye – from attacks on her appearance, to her personal weight loss journey – and why she continues a life in politics.

Think Tank: Senate President Steve Sweeney

Steve Adubato is joined by Benjamin Dworkin, Ph.D., Director of Rowan Institute for Public Policy & Citizenship, Rowan University to discuss the relationship between Governor Phil Murphy (D) – NJ and Senate President Steve Sweeney (D) – NJ and the state of the Democratic Party. Later, Steve Adubato speaks with Senate President Steve Sweeney to discuss the top issues facing New Jersey, including: the Path to Progress; the fiscal state of NJ; public employee pensions and the push to ban vaping across the state.

Think Tank: Greg Herenda and Luis Robles

This episode of Think Tank with Steve Adubato: The Podcast takes a look at sports and leadership.

First, Steve Adubato speaks with Greg Herenda, Head Coach, Fairleigh Dickinson University Men’s Basketball, who discusses sports and leadership and describes how he overcame a recent health scare to lead his Knights to their first NCAA Tournament game win.

Later, Steve Adubato is joined by Captain and Goalkeeper of the NY Red Bulls, Luis Robles, to discuss inspiring kids both on and off the soccer field and his role in raising awareness for pediatric cancer research.

Think Tank: Ginger Gold Schnitzer

Steve Adubato speaks with Ginger Gold Schnitzer, Executive Director of the Guarini Institute for Government and Leadership, Saint Peter’s University, to talk about her role as the new Executive Director, the mission of the Guarini Institute and the importance of teaching students about current public policy issues.

Think Tank: Neal Shapiro and Joe Strupp

This episode of Think Tank with Steve Adubato: The Podcast takes a look at media and journalism today.

First, Steve Adubato speaks with Neal Shapiro, President & CEO of WNET, to discuss the NJTV News partnership with NJ Spotlight, the importance of local journalism and the future of media in our society today.

Later, Steve Adubato is joined by Joe Strupp, Journalist and Author of “Killing Journalism: How Greed, Laziness, (and Donald Trump) Are Destroying News and How We Can Save It,” to discuss the challenges the news media is facing today, what the future of journalism looks like, and President Trump’s impact on the perception of the media.

Think Tank: Sam Brinton

Steve Adubato speaks with Sam Brinton, Head of Advocacy and Government Affairs at The Trevor Project, a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth. Sam shares his personal story and why the 50 Bills 50 States campaign is so important for the LGBTQ youth community.