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Cox Leadership Symposium


Bill Golderer '88, P'24 '27 took to the Centennial Hall stage to share his passion and inspiration for serving those in the community who are less fortunate.

Bill Golderer ’88, P’24 ’27 discussed how each student has an immediate contribution to make at the annual Joseph T. Cox Leadership Symposium in early April. Golderer is the President and CEO of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, and serves as senior pastor at Arch Street Presbyterian Church. He is also the founder of Broad Street Ministry and co-founder of Rooster Soup Company.

Golderer encouraged the boys to consider how they can take initiative to fix a problem in their community or to help others.

“Haverford helped me understand I have a contribution to make,” said Golderer. “Despite any insecurities or flaws, you too have a contribution. You have more than enough to participate right now.”

Bill Golderer '88 (center) had support from fellow alumni at his lecture. From left, Pete Gillin '88, Head of School Tyler Casertano, Golderer, Andrew Addis '99, and Jack Kirkpatrick '88.


About Bill Golderer '88, P'24 '27

Bill Golderer is a graduate of The Haverford School (Class of 1988) and a parent of two Haverford School students in the Class of 2024 and Class of 2027. 

He serves as the President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and leads the organization's mission to fight poverty and expand opportunity by harnessing the collective power of more than 100,000 donors, advocates, and volunteers within our region. Golderer also serves as a senior pastor of Arch Street Presbyterian Church, is the founder of Broad Street Ministry, and a co-founder of Rooster Soup Company. He has a natural ability to embolden and inspire people from all walks of life to work together for a more equitable and inclusive community. 

A graduate of Southern Methodist University and Yale University Divinity School, Golderer has authored a number of articles and opinion pieces, contributed to several books, and been a commentator for Huffington Post, CNN, and The History Channel. He continues to lecture and teach at institutions including Princeton Theological Seminary, the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a Senior Fellow at Fels School of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. 

About the Symposium

The Joseph T. Cox Servant Leadership Symposium was established in 2010 by a generous lead gift from Bobbie and Scott Addis ’74. Honoring eighth Headmaster Joe Cox’s strong and visionary leadership of the School, the annual symposium features a presentation from a transformational leader who shares his or her experience and wisdom with The Haverford School community. The event exposes boys to various models of effective leadership from different arenas of professional life, and reinforces the value of leading a life as a thoughtful and engaged citizen of the world.

Upcoming Lectures

Symposium Speakers

2020-21: Arshay Cooper, A Most Beautiful Thing

2019-20: Tom Farrell, The Workshop Content Studios

2018-19: Natalie Bridgeman Fields, Accountability Counsel

2017-18: Caryl M. Stern, UNICEF USA

2016-17: Jane Golden, Mural Arts

2015-16: Sister Mary Scullion, Project HOME

2014-15: Lee Brower, Author

2013-14: Wes Moore, Author

2012-13: Joe Ehrmann, former NFL player

2011-12: Adam J. Taliaferro, former college football player