Steve Adubato, Ph.D.

Founder and President

Steve Adubato, Ph.D., enjoys a distinguished career as a broadcaster, author, syndicated columnist, university professor, lecturer and motivational speaker.  A trainer and coach in the areas of leadership and communication skills, Steve also served in the mid 1980’s as New Jersey’s youngest state legislator at the age of 26.

Steve currently anchors four television series produced by the Caucus Educational Corporation (CEC) — State of Affairs with Steve Adubato, the weekly, public policy series exploring the critical issues being addressed in the New Jersey Statehouse; One-on-One with Steve Adubato, the nightly series that bring viewers in-depth interviews with

some of the region’s most compelling personalities, including artists, authors, academics, media personalities, health experts and sports icons; Think Tank with Steve Adubato, featuring leaders, innovators and experts who tackle broader national policy issues impacting New Jersey and the tri-state region; and Remember Them with Steve Adubato & Jacqui Tricarico, highlighting notable people from New Jersey whose legacies continue to have s significant impact, even after their passing. 

Steve has also anchored many high-profile television events including exclusive specials with NJ Governor Phil Murphy as well as with US Senator Cory Booker. Steve has been the recipient of four prestigious Emmy® Awards for his work on public television, including “Best Host,” from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The CEC’s series air on PBS stations Thirteen/WNET (the flagship station in New York), NJ PBS, WHYY and WHYY’s Y2; on cable on News 12+; on radio on NPR stations WBGO and WQXR; and on digital platforms including Steve,, YouTube,, the Thirteen Explore app, the NJ PBS app and in social media on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

As a media, leadership and communication expert, Steve is a regular contributor to MetroFocus, a PBS series in the Greater New York market and has appeared on NBC’s TODAY Show, CNN, MSNBC and FOX5 NY as a media and public policy analyst. Steve has appeared on national radio, providing analysis and commentary on SiriusXM and has also done significant work on regional radio on NPR as well as 77WABC and AM970.  Steve is also the host of Steve Adubato’s Lessons in Leadership with Co-host Mary Gamba, based on his books, Lessons in Leadership and his new book, Lessons in Leadership 2.0: The Tough Stuff. 

Steve currently serves as a Buccino Leadership Institute Fellow at Seton Hall University. He has previously served as a distinguished visiting professor in leadership at New York University and has also lectured at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the United States Military Academy at West Point as well as the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. Steve has published well over 1,000 articles on leadership and communication-related issues in a variety of publications.

A much sought-after motivational speaker through his firm Stand & Deliver, Steve has conducted communication and leadership workshops for a variety of clients in the corporate and non-profit sectors. Stand & Deliver is a dynamic, hands-on professional development and executive coaching program, which Steve created to help today’s professionals reach their potential as leaders. 

Through Stand & Deliver, Steve developed the “Lessons in Leadership” platform to provide leadership advice, tips, and tools in the form of columns, videos, seminars, as well as his book, Lessons in Leadership. Columns and videos can be found through numerous print and online platforms including NJ Business Magazine, COMMERCE Magazine, Meadowlands USA Magazine, and, among others.

As a syndicated columnist, Steve writes a monthly column for New Jersey Monthly magazine. He is the author of six books, including three focused on interpersonal, professional and crisis communication: Speak from the Heart, which was featured in Fortune Magazine, as well as Make the Connection and What Were They Thinking?  You Are the Brand, examines the brand strategies of over thirty individuals and companies, while Lessons in Leadership explores the connection between leadership and communication offering practical leadership tips and tools as well as powerful case studies from prominent leaders. His sixth book is titled Lessons in Leadership 2.0: The Tough Stuff and features tips, tools and lessons on innovation learned during the global pandemic. 

Steve has been frequently named as one of New Jersey’s “Power 100” – New Jersey’s Top 100 Policymakers – by He has also been named on the New Jersey Globe Power List as one of NJ’s Most Powerful Personalities in Public Policy and Politics. In addition, New Jersey Monthly magazine named Steve one of the top five most powerful media figures in the state, as one of the “50 Most Interesting People in New Jersey,” and as one of the “25 Most Influential People in New Jersey.”

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