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Donato J. Tramuto

Donato J. Tramuto, author, global health activist, philanthropist, and Chautauqua County native, will lead a panel discussion and help launch a student leadership roundtable and online counseling recruitment event at the University of New York State in Fredonia on Wednesday, September 7.

Sitting on the panel, the theme of which is “Creating compassionate good with empathy in action,” will be SUNY Fredonia President Stephen H. Kolison Jr.; Doug Essek, Mayor of the Village of Fredonia; Wilfred Rosas, mayor of the city of Dunkirk; Mike Tramuta, life coach; and Mr. Tramuto. Panelists will share their insights into how compassion plays a role in leadership skills. Paula Peters, Associate Professor in the Department of Theater and Dance, will be the moderator.

The roundtable, which will be held in the Williams Center’s Multipurpose Room from 3-4 p.m., is co-organized and sponsored by [email protected] and the President’s Office.

All events are free and featured events are open to the public.

Tramuto is widely recognized for its commitment to social change and transformational leadership in healthcare innovation. He has received numerous awards for his commitment to social justice, including the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award in 2014 and the RFK Embracing His Legacy Award in 2017. Tramuto is also the founder and president of the TramutoPorter Foundation and Health eVillages, which advance the rights of young people to access education and health care and fight against human rights violations. He is the author of two books, including his latest book, “The Double Bottom Line: How Compassionate Leaders Captivate Hearts and Produce Results.” Tramuto has received honorary doctorates from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Lasell University, Thomas Jefferson University, St. Joseph’s College, and Regis College.

After the roundtable, participants are invited to a reception and book signing. “The Double Bottom Line: How Compassionate Leaders Captivate Hearts and Produce Results” at the adjacent Blue Lounge at 4 p.m. A limited number of books will be available.

An inspirational keynote from Tramuto will open the Student Leadership Launch Event at 5 p.m., also in the Multipurpose Room. A student leader roundtable will follow at 5:30 p.m. with veteran student leaders discussing leadership opportunities, what it means to be a student leader, roles available on the e-council, and how to balance school and the leadership. New students and current students can then visit the tables held by the Student Union and Campus Life groups which have electronic blackboard openings at 6 p.m. Lunch (tacos in a bag) will be available. Students and clubs in attendance will also be eligible for several raffle prizes, including $100 in Faculty Student Association funds.

Tramuto will visit health professions and organizational communication classes and deliver brief remarks on Thursday, September 8.

Other sponsors of the Student Leadership Launch Event include: Faculty Student Union, Fredonia College Foundation Carnahan Jackson Humanities Fund, Fredonia Honors Program, Campus Life, Student Union and the Steinberg Honors Endowment of the Fredonia College Foundation.

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