About Me

Photo of Mike Critelli

Perhaps the best way to describe me is that I have gravitated toward the “road less traveled” in my choices.

Full Length Feature Film

From the Rough

Past Organizational Affiliations

National Urban League

Learning and Education


I have purposely described my focus as “learning,” rather than “education.”  There are several reasons for this:

In essence, education in schools, colleges, universities, and online or adult courses is one way for us to learn, but not the only way.  By focusing on learning, I am showing individuals the way to fulfill their potential, regardless of whether they are in an educational institution, or even have access to one. I will also show that overemphasizing educational accomplishment actually retards innovation and the development of our societies.

This blog will be a showcase for learning approaches, some of which are done in educational settings, but some of which are not.  I will also focus on educational reform initiatives, the goal of which is to stimulate learning outside the educational system, as opposed to confining it within the educational system.

I have been an advocate and funder of lifelong learning and education programs, including participation on a major charter school board.

As a CEO for Pitney Bowes and a member of various research and advocacy groups, I have supported mixed-use, transit-oriented community development strategies.  I have also focused on practical human capital development strategies to rethink how to prepare individuals with low and moderate skills to participate in the new economy. 

Partners in the Learning Space:

University of Wisconsin

High performing schools or school systems
Achievement First
Bishop Kearney High School

Innovative digital learning systems
Powered by Learning

Building a critical mass of exceptional teachers
Teach for America

Reforming Teachers’ Unions

Producing legislative and regulatory educational reform

College and University

Norwalk Community College

Vocational and Technical Education

Indiana Vocational and Technical Education

Books and Resources

"The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning"
by Kevin Carey
Blogs related to education
Adaptability is the #1 Success Factor Today Adaptability is the #1 Success Factor Today
Adaptability is far more important in talent evaluation than it was when I was promoted to be Pitney Bowes Chairman and CEO in 1996, because the Board prioritized adaptability to both known and unknown challenges over more traditional “qualifications".
Doing all things well: what Bishop Kearney did then and does now Doing all things well: what Bishop Kearney did then and does now
Reflections from my 50th reunion at Bishop Kearney High School
What is the role of luck in success? What is the role of luck in success?
Is success a result of luck or individual tenacity and skill?
It’s About Learning, Not Educational Credentials - January 2012
In the January, 2012, issue of The Atlantic Monthly, there is a lengthy article on the future of American manufacturing entitled “Making it in America”. In profiling an individual company called Standard Motor Products and a few..
From Reading Comprehension to Content Learning - April 2012
In the last year, I have become far more involved in the process of improving the quality of education in lower income communities and reducing the achievement gap between the highest and lowest performing communities in Connecticut.