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Kathy Wirtanen
Administrative, Facility
& Conference Assistant

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Center for Leadership & Ethics
VMI, Marshall Hall
500 Anderson Drive
Lexington, VA  24450

Leadership Conference 2014 

Preliminary program as of 21 February 2014

0815 – 0915 George Washington: A Man of Vision, Action, and Character

1st Battalion - Marshall Hall, Hall of Valor
Welcome: Col. David A. Miller, US Air Force (ret.), Interim Director of the Center for Leadership and Ethics, VMI
Introduction: Cadet James A. Ethington, 1st Battalion Commander, VMI
America's Atlas: The Leadership of George Washington
Speaker: Peter R. Henriques, Ph.D.

2nd Battalion – Jackson Memorial Hall
Welcome: COL James P. Inman, US Army (ret.), Chief of Staff, VMI
Introduction: Cadet Philip Pryor, 2nd Battalion S-5 Lieutenant
George Washington: Ambition, Power, Virtue and Leadership
Speaker: Stuart Leibiger, Ph.D.

0930 – 1030 Washington and Leadership

Fourth Class – Jackson Memorial Hall
Introduction: Cadet Christopher M. Barefoot, General Committee Secretary
Learning to Lead: George Washington's Military Apprenticeship
Speaker: Stephen Brumwell, Ph.D.

Third Class – Marshall Hall, Hall of Valor
Introduction: Cadet Scott A. Beasley, Third Class President
For Support of the Glorious Cause: George Washington's Choice to Lead
Speaker: Douglas Bradburn, Ph.D.

Second Class – Mallory Hall, Lecture Room 135
Introduction: Cadet Anthony N. Harvey, Second Class President
George Washington and the Power of Restraint
Speaker: Robert M.S. McDonald, Ph.D.

First Class – Marshall Hall, Gillis Theater
Introduction: Cadet Weston S. Hitchcock, First Class President
A Man of Principle and Character: Fundamentals of George Washington's Military Leadership
Speaker: Edward G. Lengel, Ph.D.

1045 – 1145 Leadership and a Self-Examined Life

Decision Making: Vision, Actions, Character
1st Battalion – Small group discussions.*
In small groups, cadets will be introduced to one of Washington's moral, ethical or leadership challenges and discuss the possible courses of action. Cadets will be challenged to translate Washington's experiences into modern times considering the framework of "Vision, Actions, Character."

Self-Examination in Leadership Development
2nd Battalion – Meet by class.
Cadets will have the opportunity to hear from a panel composed of a Washington scholar, a recent VMI alumnus and a VMI leader, each offering reflections on a self-examined life, accurate self-assessment and development. Group discussion will follow.

    Fourth Class – Jackson Memorial Hall
          Moderator: Cadet Weston S. Hitchcock, First Class President
          Washington Scholar: Dr. Peter Henriques
          VMI Alumnus: Mr. Derek Brown '03
          VMI Leader: Col David K. Hough, USMC (ret.), Director, Auxiliary Services

    Third Class – Marshall Hall, Hall of Valor
          Moderator: Cadet Nathanael D. Fowler, Third Class President
          Washington Scholar: Dr. Stuart Leibinger
          VMI Alumnus: Mr. Wesley Haynes '07
          VMI Leader: Col. Dean W. Lee, US Air Force, Professor of Aerospace Studies

    Second Class – Mallory Hall, Lecture Room 135
          Moderator: Cadet Michael McDonald, Officer of the Guard Association President
          Washington Scholar: Dr. Douglas Bradburn
          VMI Alumnus: Capt. Katie Bopp '08
          VMI Leader: COL James P. Inman '86, US Army (ret.), Chief of Staff

    First Class – Marshall Hall, Gillis Theater
          Moderator: Cadet John S. Mattingly, First Class Vice President
          Washington Scholar: Dr. Stephen Brumwell
          VMI Alumnus: Mr. John D. Adams '96
          VMI Leader: COL Janet Battaglia, Registrar


*Cadets will be notified individually of assigned small group locations.

1145 – 1330 Lunch - Crozet Hall


1345 – 1445 Leadership and a Self-Examined Life

Self-Examination in Leadership Development
1st Battalion – Meet by class.
Cadets will have the opportunity to hear from a panel composed of a Washington scholar, a recent VMI alumnus and a VMI leader, each offering reflections on a self-examined life, accurate self-assessment and development. Group discussion will follow.

    Fourth Class – Jackson Memorial Hall
          Moderator: Cadet Christopher M. Barefoot, General Committee Secretary
          Washington Scholar: Dr. Holt Merchant, Professor Emeritus, Washington & Lee University
          VMI Alumnus: Mr. Derek Brown '03
          VMI Leader: COL William J. Wanovich '87, US Army, Professor of Military Science

    Third Class – Marshall Hall, Hall of Valor
          Moderator: Cadet Travis M. Gordon, Third Class Historian
          Washington Scholar: Dr. Edward Lengel
          VMI Alumnus: Mr. Wesley Haynes '07
          VMI Leader: Col David W. Hough, USMC (ret.), Director, Auxiliary Services

    Second Class – Mallory Hall, Lecture Room 135
          Moderator: Cadet William J. Luxhoj, Second Class Historian
          Washington Scholar: Dr. Robert McDonald
          VMI Alumnus: Capt. Katie Bopp '08
          VMI Leader: Col Patrick G. Looney, USMC, Professor of Naval Studies

    First Class – Marshall Hall, Gillis Theater
          Moderator: Cadet Kyle W. Reavis, First Class Historian
          Washington Scholar: Dr. Peter Henriques
          VMI Alumnus: Mr. John D. Adams '96
          VMI Leader: COL Janet Battaglia, Registrar

Decision Making: Vision, Actions, Character
2nd Battalion – Small group discussions.*
In small groups, cadets will be introduced to one of Washington's moral, ethical or leadership challenges and discuss the possible courses of action. Cadets will be challenged to translate Washington's experiences into modern times considering the framework of "Vision, Actions, Character."

*Cadets will be notified individually of assigned small group locations.

1500 – 1545 Leadership in a Time of Crisis

Corps of Cadets - Cameron Hall
Speaker: Mr. Richard “Dic” Donohue, VMI ’02
MBTA Patrol Officer Richard “Dic” Donohue will reflect on how his cadetship shaped his leadership style, particularly during the events of 19 April 2013 when he responded to back up local law enforcement and a bullet severed his femoral artery during a gun battle with the alleged Boston Marathon bombers. He will discuss how his personal vision, actions, and character influenced his approach to the challenges of recovery, and what he has learned about leadership, both good and bad, in a time of crisis.