Raul Deju, Ph.D.
Dr. Raul A. Deju is the Director of the Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership and Professor of Business at John F. Kennedy University. He has formerly served as Chairman, CEO and COO of major international public companies. Dr. Deju, a former adjunct faculty member at John F. Kennedy University and St. Mary’s College and a seasoned executive, brings his entrepreneurship experience having created small companies from a number of large companies traded in major stock exchanges as well as serving in advisory committees for the Secretary of Commerce and the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Deju is the author of over 200 peer-reviewed articles and four books and was listed in 2005 as one of the 25 Leading Hispanics in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also a recipient of recognitions for his philanthropy and social entrepreneurship in the Latino community. Dr. Deju is responsible for Core Training and curricular design for the Entrepreneurship Certificate and the Business Accelerator.
Dina Finta currently serves as Assistant Director of the Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership. Previously she was Youth Business America’s Director of Mentoring, and has instructed, advised, and mentored many entrepreneurs in launching their businesses. She is a successful entrepreneur who founded and served as President and CEO of Momentum – a business skills and technology training company in Louisiana and Texas. Dina’s numerous affiliations and community service activities have included serving on the Board of the YMCA, Professional Women’s Network and the Partner Council of Habitat for Humanity. She was also recognized as one of Louisiana’s 40 under 40 businesspeople to watch in 2004. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Dina and her business received a Microsoft Partner Award for her efforts in providing aid to those impacted by the storm and devastating flooding that followed. Additionally, she played a pivotal role in the statewide effort to rebuild small businesses. Dina is responsible for community outreach and development for the IEL program and trains and mentors program participants.
Chuck Piazza is currently a faculty member for the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. He is a published interdisciplinary organizational, workplace scholar and practitioner. As an associate professor who envisions the contemporary organization as an adaptive system of complex sociotechnical networks, he conducts graduate seminars for working professionals in strategic management, workforce issues, ethics, organizational innovation, alternative business models, and organizational communication and information systems. As a professional mentor, social philosopher, and ethicist, he focuses on developing visionary leaders with integrity and socially conscious organizational cultures that promote workplace environments and devise information and communication systems that create sustainable collaborative systems, foster work-life balance, and serve the common good of all stakeholders, including the civic and world communities in which an organization functions. He has taught professionals from all over the world, and many of the major corporations in the Bay Area, including Silicon Valley.
Chuck previously served as the Associate Director of the Information Systems Programs at the University of San Francisco, and an adjunct instructor and organizational consultant. His 30+ years of teaching at such universities and colleges as University of San Francisco, St. Mary’s College of California, Dominican University of San Raphael, and John F. Kennedy University have garnered him much respect in his field, exemplified by being awarded Instructor of the Year twice in a four-year period. He is also the director of ISmentor Group, an emerging think tank dedicated to establishing partnerships that enable the fostering of innovative leadership with integrity and the development of sustainable information systems.