About John

Ask and you shall receive! I love to serve the people and organizations I partner with, as selfless efforts and support will help all boats rise.

My philosophy is rooted in what I believe are the four things everyone must do in order to be an effective consultant: know your subject, know your client, differentiate your approach and assess for their understanding and growth.” – John

Who is John? 

Steady and consistent, John brings a demeanor of calm and collected, making his clients feel at ease through tough learning and new processes.  John is the definition of team member, working at the client pace but also encouraging learning agility and the embrace of challenge. 


  • Leadership Training
  • Assessment
  • Creating a Positive Workplace Culture
  • Instructional Design

Why Empowertunity?
I joined Empowertunity because I saw an opportunity to use my talents to make a difference in various organizations, from private companies to nonprofits to educational institutions. I have worked in a variety of environments throughout my career, and if my experience has taught me anything, it has taught me that there is no shortage of institutions plagued by poor communication, weak leadership, and toxic workplace culture. Through my efforts, I aim to effect positive change and help organizations improve in each of these areas in order to bring out the best in their employees.

Formal Education:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Educational Leadership, Management, and Policy, Seton Hall University

Master of Arts (M.A.) Educational Administration and Supervision, Saint Peter’s University

Bachelor of Science (BS) Health and Exercise Science, Rutgers University

Dr. John DeFilippis is a seasoned educator and administrator with decades of experience in education. He began his career as a K-12 classroom teacher, but eventually transitioned to higher education after accepting an offer to oversee the graduate programs in education at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ. During his tenure at Saint Peter’s, Dr. DeFilippis achieved great success in the areas of enrollment growth, program development, and national accreditation.

After completing his Ph.D. in educational leadership at Seton Hall University in 2007, Dr. DeFilippis accepted a new role as Director of Continuing Education at New Jersey City University. Dr. DeFilippis’ tenure at NJCU was marked by the creation of several new noncredit programs, expansion of off-campus offerings in K-12 school districts, and advances in technology integration. These included the first online continuing education courses in the history of the university, as well as a partnership with a delegation from Brazil to offer courses to their citizens via live telecast. Dr. DeFilippis’ greatest achievement at NJCU was the founding of the Professional Development Institute for Educators (PDIE). Through PDIE, the university offered several workshops and long-term, sustained professional development programs to school districts throughout New Jersey.

Following his tenure at NJCU, Dr. DeFilippis served as a central office administrator in various K-12 school districts as well as an adjunct professor at both New Jersey City University and Kean University. Since 2018, he has worked as a full-time faculty member in the College of Education at Kean University, where he supervises clinical interns, develops partnerships with K-12 school districts, and teaches courses in educational finance, curriculum evaluation, and clinical practice.


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Dr. John DeFilippis

I'm not just committed to developing leaders and the organizations they are part of, but many people don't know that I am a best-selling author, having penned four novels in the Christian fantasy fiction genre. The first two novels in the series made the Top 5 on the best seller list for my genre in the Amazon Kindle Store.
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Recommended Books
"Unlimited Power; The New Science of Personal Achievement", Tony Robbins

"Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart & Rekindle the Spirit", Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen

"Unbroken," Laura Hillenbrand.

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