About the Conference
Begun in 2010, the biennial VMI Leadership Conference is a hallmark of the Center for Leadership and Ethic’s programming. It is a top tier conference held every other year that addresses an urgent and/or emerging issue of ethical leader development. The conference attracts the attention of faculty and students of the nation’s top schools, representatives of the public and private sectors, military leaders, and non-profit audiences.
This year’s conference will provide a forum for cadets to discuss the themes of Washington’s life including honor, leadership, public service and self-improvement. Such discussions enhance the leadership training system of VMI, allowing cadets to reflect on their own philosophies and skills while examining those of others.
At the urging of VMI cadets, the Leadership Conference series yielded a biennial Honor Conference series as a means of exploring the ethical challenges often confronted by leaders and continuing the conversations begun in prior conferences. Preceding the 2014 Leadership Conference, an Honor Summit will allow undergraduates from around the nation to discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with honor codes and systems in higher education.
2010: Answering the Nation’s Call for Leaders of Character
Acknowledged the need for leaders of character in our country and brought together experts on topics that bear on our collective responsibility for leader development. It provided a forum for discussion among representatives of the federal academies, senior military colleges, the Department of Defense, government agencies, and the private sector.