For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran

How to Stay Motivated on the Deck of the Titanic

Georgian Court University Hosts Author, Motivator, and Educator Norm Bossio

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 5, 2007—Have you ever felt like you are on a sinking ship with no control over the future? You’re not alone, says Norm Bossio, author of “How to Stay Motivated on the Deck of the Titanic.” Mr. Bossio will address Georgian Court University’s WILD (Women in Leadership Development) students on Friday, September 21, and explain what each person can do to lift those sinking feelings. (This event is not open to the public.)

“Using stories of my life as an only child, as a single dad of three boys, as a school principal, and now as a grandpa, I can teach you how to not only survive, but thrive,” says Mr. Bossio.

In his book, he teaches how to take control of your life, get your priorities straight, put your family first, use the gifts that you have been given, and take a long hard look at yourself in the mirror. He will share useful tips on how to deal with difficult people, how to deal with stress, how to manage change, and more.

“This event is a kickoff for the semester,” says Karen Souffrant, director of student development. “It will provide motivation and inspiration to our WILD women, so they can walk away with practical tools knowing their dreams are attainable and strengthen their commitment to serving others.”

Ms. Souffrant scheduled the event herself after hearing Mr. Bossio speak. “I was captivated and impressed by his presentation style and his emphasis on leadership, and also the fact that he was a past high school principal,” she says. “I hope the students will walk away from this day motivated, encouraged, and inspired to do what is in their hearts.”

Ms. Souffrant explains that it is important to help motivate women to excellence, since studies show that a glass ceiling still exists and that many women are not taking their rightful leadership roles in business, education, politics, and society.

“It’s important for us to reemphasize and reaffirm to women that they have a voice and that they can, in fact, make a difference—whether they have chosen to stay at home and raise a family or have influence in the business world,” she adds.

Mr. Bossio says that people can learn to stay motivated in the toughest of situations—even on the deck of the Titanic—and he will show the students how.

“While the Titanic is a metaphor for the book, I am convinced that some people enjoy being miserable so much that they actually aim at icebergs, hit them, and then complain about the weather as they sink,” he adds.

The lecture will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the North Dining Room on GCU’s Lakewood campus. It is not open to the public. For more information, contact Deborah Gilleran, director of public information and university communications, at 732.987.2266.


The lecture is part of Georgian Court’s WILD (Women in Leadership Development) leadership program, which focuses on providing GCU women with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for them to confidently assume leadership roles. The program also supports the Mercy core values by empowering women to advocate for themselves and others and helping them to find their own voices in the world.


For over 26 years, Norm Bossio has spoken publicly in front of over 2.5 million audience members in venues ranging from an American Indian village tribunal to the Hoosier Dome. Having keynoted national conferences in virtually every major industry, his audiences have included clients ranging from Bill Clinton to Stephen King. Prior to founding Norm Bossio Enterprises, he served for 23 years as a teacher, principal, and superintendent of schools. For eight years, he was an adjunct faculty member and consultant to the management certificate program at Stonehill College. He received his B.S. degree from Springfield College and M. Ed. from Boston State College. In 2006, Norm hosted the national public television special, “Staying Motivated on the Deck of the Titanic with Norm Bossio.” In 1994, Norm was named Speaker of the Year by the Yankee Chapter of Meeting Planners International.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge and at Coastal Communiversity in Wall and Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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