Dr. Stephen L. Sokolow, a former superintendent of schools, is currently coauthoring a series of books on wise and empowering leadership. He served as a founding partner and executive director of the Center for Empowered Leadership from 2006 to 2018. Dr. Sokolow served schools in Pennsylvania and Delaware prior to serving as superintendent of schools in the Upper Freehold Regional School District in Monmouth County, New Jersey, and the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District in Somerset County, New Jersey.
Dr. Sokolow completed his undergraduate degree and master’s degree at Temple University, where he also earned a doctorate of education. He was awarded several fellowships and later served in Temple’s Department of Educational Leadership as an adjunct professor. He is a past president of the Temple University Educational Administration Doctoral Alumni Association.
He is past president of the Superintendents’ Roundtable in Monmouth County, New Jersey. From 1986 through 2001, he participated in the Harvard University summer invitational seminar for superintendents. Dr. Sokolow represented the superintendents of Somerset County, New Jersey, as a member of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators Executive Committee and served as a member of the New Jersey Governor’s Task Force on Education.
In 1986, Dr. Sokolow was selected by Executive Educator, a publication of the National School Boards Association, as one of the top one hundred small-district school executives in North America. He was honored for his leadership as a superintendent by the New Jersey Legislature in 1987 and was profiled by The School Administrator, a national publication of the American Association of School Administrators, for his “outside--the-box thinking” in January 1999. His feature article on “Enlightened Leadership” was published in September 2002 in The School Administrator, as was his November 2005 article on “Nourishing Our Spirit as Leaders.” Dr. Sokolow coauthored The Spiritual Dimension of Leadership in 2006. In 2008, he was a contributor to Spirituality in Educational Leadership as part of the Soul of Educational Leadership series.
Dr. Sokolow coauthored The Wise Leader: Doing the Right Things for the Right Reasons in 2013. In 2016, he coauthored The Empowering Leader: 12 Core Values to Supercharge Your Leadership Skills. Dr. Sokolow served as a member of the clinical faculty at Seton Hall University from 2016-2019 where he conducted seminars on leadership and served as a leadership coach for urban school leaders. As a VISTAGE speaker, he conducts leadership development workshops for business leaders and CEOs. As a Reiki Master Teacher, Dr. Sokolow has been involved in energy-based healing for the past 25 years. He and his wife, Laney, have two grown sons and now live in Westlake Village, CA.