College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York

 Student Leadership Conference Speakers


JoeJoe Urbanski is committed to helping people find purpose and meaning in their personal lives, relationships, and careers.  As a Consultant and Facilitator at Collegiate EmPowerment, he has re-engineered the What Every College Student Needs To Know™ Seminar Series and authoredPreventing A Miserable Career Journey to reflect this mission.

Starting in college with the Leadership Development Program and for over a decade, Joe has honed his electrifying facilitation style performing for as many as 2,400 participants during full-day trainings, three-day retreats, and multi-year leadership development programs. He has designed and delivered more than 315 seminars and workshops for more than 288,000 participants over the years.

Joe plays dual roles and is also the Director at CE, overseeing the front stage efforts of the facilitator team, managing clarity of and accountability to the organizational vision, and creating or improving business systems.

Joe’s genius and passion for delivering high-energy, empowering experiences is at the core of his appeal and success, while his entertaining style and simple approach make him a favorite at seminars and conferences across the country. Off the road, Joe lives in southern New Jersey, and remains committed to being the best husband and father, doing all of the things with his kids that Mommy doesn’t want to see.



EyalA thoughtful young writer on issues of morality and politics, Eyal Press is the author of Beautiful Souls, a revelatory study of moral courage. On stage, he looks at the surprising factors that cause ordinary people to behave ethically—to stick to their conscience, to defy the sway of authority and convention—even when thrust into compromising situations.

Eyal Press is an award-winning journalist and writer, born in Jerusalem, and raised in the rust belt city of Buffalo, New York. Press’s fascination with the intersection of morality and politics has informed his writings on everything from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to urban poverty to America’s abortion wars. As a speaker, he aims to challenge and inspire audiences by probing vexing dilemmas that play out in all of our lives. How far should a person go to keep his or her conscience clean? Where should the line between personal conviction and professional duty be drawn? Eloquent and engaging, Press navigates such questions with the grace and subtlety that has distinguished his essays, articles and books.

Press is also the author of Absolute Convictions: My Father, a City, and the Conflict that Divided America. The book chronicles the anti-abortion threats that his father—a local doctor—received in his hometown of Buffalo, and explores how hard-line convictions on certain issues have divided America over the past three decades. Both a personal account of a family in distress and a social history on America’s most contentious question, Press paints a picture of the social and economic roots of America’s volatile internal conflicts.