Nate Pearson, PhD, has been teaching at Cabrini since January 2017. He is the coordinator of the Masters of Science in Leadership programand also teaches Foundations of Leadership, Team and Group Dynamics, and Global Leadership for Cabrini’s Leadership minor. As newly appointed Executive Director of the Nerney Leadership Institute, he is working to ensure that every Cabrini student can engage with leadershipat some level. He is always thinking about the intersection of meaning and leadership—how can authentic leaders help people find meaning in their lives and work?
Do you have a favorite subject
matter—or lesson—that you teach?
I love teaching courses on Group Leadership and Global Leadership, as they get us thinking about the power of influence with anyone from our next-door neighbor to people across the world.
What is your go-to advice for Cabrini students?
Get involved! You will not regret having too many experiences during your college years. Every curricular and co-curricular activity is an opportunity for you to grow, have fun, meet new people, and learn about yourself and your passions!
What was your first job or service experience?
I was a very poor paperboy in my early years, because I hated waking up in the morning. My first “real” job was as a telemarketer, mostly doing over-the-phone surveys with people—can you imagine? I knew I was in luck when I got a senior citizen on the phone, because there was a real chance that if I played my cards right and was super-nice, they might just be willing to stay on the phone for a while.
When you’re not on campus how do you like to spend your free time?
I love to be with my family, hanging with my bride and my two young kiddos, Gabe (4) and Ella (2). The kids are exhausting but amazing! I am also a runner and a wannabe golfer. I’m usually listening to something, whether it be music, NPR, sports radio, or the latest podcasts. And of course, Fly Eagles Fly!
What was the first concert you ever attended?
I remember going to a Seal concert at Tower Theater. I can’t recall if that’s the first concert that I ever attended, though.
What are two things still left on your bucket list?
I can’t narrow it down to 2! I want to learn to sail and scuba dive, go on a cruise, and go to the UK, specifically Scotland. So much living yet to do!