Richard M. Clarke lecture features alumnus and DIVERSANT CEO Gene C. Waddy


Gene C. Waddy will deliver the Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 in Lenfell Hall on the Florham Campus. The event, sponsored by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25.

Waddy, an alumnus of FDU and a visionary entrepreneur. He is the owner and Founder of DIVERSANT LLC, the nation’s largest African-American-owned IT staffing solutions firm. In many ways, DIVERSANT is a reflection of Gene’s professional expertise, personal drive, and his commitment to helping others. The company has enjoyed dramatic growth, even during the economic downturn, and has developed a reputation for excellence among numerous Fortune 500 companies.

In his local community, Gene coaches minority youth about how they can get involved with technology and use it to advance their careers and lives. Gene is an active member of the Board of Directors of PACE Monmouth. PACE, the Program for Acceleration in Careers of Engineering, is a science and engineering awareness program in which professionals volunteer their time to work with local minority high school students to help prepare them for technical careers. Gene also serves as an active board member with Marion P. Thomas Charter School in Newark, and the New Jersey Tech Council. A member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the country’s first African-American fraternity, Gene is very active in many of their community service programs. Gene was named the 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year New Jersey winner, as well as a 2011 NJBiz Executive of the Year Finalist.

The son of two Harlemites, Gene was raised in New Jersey; Gene attended Fairleigh Dickinson University where he earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. A “Jersey Guy” at heart, Gene chose to stay in his home state where he now resides with his wife and children.

The Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture Series is made possible through a generous endowment by Richard M. Clarke, President of CE Partners, LLC. He is past Chairman of Yankelovich Partners, Inc. and past CEO of Nash Engineering Company.

With an international career in the chemical, plastics and man-made fiber industry that spans almost three decades, Mr. Clarke has become the embodiment of the global entrepreneur.

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