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Fall 2014 BLDP Seminar: “Marketing in the Social Media Age” with Professor Carol Kaufman-Scarborough

Applications are still open and accepted on a rolling basis.

About the Seminar: The seminar will focus on the dynamic changes in marketing in today’s exciting social media age. Weekly sessions will include numerous speakers and at least 2 field trips. Speakers will include representatives from the Philadelphia American Marketing Association, major new products firms, advertising agencies, non-profits, and the retail sector. We will also pursue a marketing-related certification to add to your resume. Participants will be responsible for developing a paper that discusses their learning and research on the role of leadership in today’s marketplace. Seminars will emphasize discussion and current readings. Books will be selected that are thought-provoking must-reads for leaders in marketing.

About the Professor: Dr. Kaufman-Scarborough has taught Consumer Analysis, International Marketing, Retail Marketing, and the South Africa Study Program for 0ver 30 years at undergraduate and graduate levels in the School of Business at Rutgers University-Camden Campus. She has been the Director of BLDP since Summer 2012 and has thoroughly enjoyed the process! Her research includes time perception and use, time management, consumer experiences and needs of persons with disabilities, and various aspects of subcultural behavior. She gives professional time management seminars and her work on disabilities is currently being used as part of a class-action suit.

Who Can Apply: Students in both the Rutgers School of Business (RSBC) and College of Arts and Science (CAS) are invited to apply for enrollment in the BLDP seminar. All applicants are expected to meet both of the following selection criteria: Have sophomore standing or above and have an overall GPA of 3.0 or above. A student can take the seminar without completing any of the other requirements for the BLDP. The 3 credits earned from the seminar are accepted as a business elective for most majors and concentrations.

Meeting Time: Friday 9:00 AM – 11:40 BSB-109

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New BLDP applicants: Each application must be supported by two reference letters. One of the references must be from a professor or instructor, the other from a non-relative (preferably a current or former employer or supervisor) who can attest to the applicant’s character, motivation, and/or leadership potential. All reference letters should be directed to: Dr. Carol Kaufman-Scarborough, BLDP Director, School of Business, Rutgers University, 227 Penn St., Camden, NJ 08102 at Your application will not be considered complete until the two reference letters have been received.

Repeat seminar participants: Repeat seminar participants will be asked to write a brief essay explaining their desire to take the additional seminar. This essay should be submitted via the BLDP online application, including your name and anticipated date of graduation. New letters of recommendation are NOT required.

In October 2004 the faculty of Rutgers, School of Business-Camden approved a new program, the Business Leader Development Program (BLDP) to provide enhanced leadership training, networking, and mentoring by RSBC faculty and industry business leaders.

Application submission opens each October and March via an online form. Faculty are welcome to nominate high-achieving students for BLDP membership.

Admitted students must complete a BLDP seminar during the semester following their acceptance into the program. BLDP seminars satisfy the initial requirement for members and count as a general business elective for most majors/concentrations. A BLDP seminar is offered each semester, and its topics are intended to appeal to students with diverse backgrounds, i.e., students do not need in-depth background in any particular discipline.

Seminar topics have varied from Business Success to Power Corrupted, as well as Leadership in the Financial Services Sector, and Nonprofit Leadership and Management. Proposed seminar topics for upcoming semesters are: finance (Spring 2014), marketing (Fall 2014), and accounting (Spring 2015).

Once students enroll in and/or complete a BLDP seminar, they are also members of the BLDP Community, a much larger group of high-achieving students who will have several opportunities for participating in leadership activities throughout the academic year. The BLDP Community activities include monthly Community Lunches, Chamber of Commerce activities, RSBC executive lunch series, service learning activities, and the executive shadowing program.

BLDP students may also pursue BLDP Honors designations by earning verified leadership units (click here for more information on obtaining Leadership Units).

If you need additional information, please contact Dr. Carol Kaufman-Scarborough, BLDP Director, at, call 856-225-6592, or pick up materials at BSB Office 258.

Statement of Values:

Our selection criteria and development activities are based on a belief that leaders:

  • Go beyond what is required in developing personal and intellectual capabilities.
  • Initiate or contribute substantially to programs, activities, or events that help others.
  • Serve as a model of excellence to others in their determination, drive, self-discipline, demeanor, sense of fairness, self-confidence, respect for others and highest ethical behavior.
  • Be accountable for getting things done with and through others.

Program Premise and Benefits:

The Business Leader Development Program is a customized approach through which high potential students develop the skills and habits of leadership to carry forward into their business careers.

  1. Through a seminar application process we identify leadership potential in high-caliber School of Business students
  2. By promoting the program, we create awareness of special opportunities available in the School of Business, from which each individual can select his or her preferred activities by which to excel.
  3. Through special recognition for program completion, we offer a mechanism for showcasing student’s leadership during their time at Rutgers.  With ongoing involvement of area executives and past program participants, we supply exceptional networking opportunities to facilitate career opportunities. Every seminar includes special access to business executives (the target is at least 50% of the course be comprised of executive involvement).
  4. Every seminar includes emphasis on communication and interpersonal skills.