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

6th Annual Leadership Conference: Mar. 7-8, 2016

‘Ethical Dilemmas in the Digital Age’

To receive notifications on this conference, email Derek Pinkham, Assistant Conference Coordinator.    2016 Leadership Conference Dates

VMI's keynote annual conference attracts the faculty and cadets of the nation's top schools, representatives of the public and private sector, military and non-profit audiences.  The conference explores themes relating to ethical leadership, including honor codes and honorable service.

As our society becomes more and more reliant on technology, new questions arise regarding the role Ethics, Honor, and Leadership play in this ever changing world. The 2016 VMI Leadership Conference “Ethical Dilemmas in the Digital Age” held at the Virginia Military Institute, March 7-8, 2016, explores these new, technologically driven challenges to our individual and national character. This conference will address ethical dilemmas in national policy and in society that have arisen as a result of new technologies with a balance of perspectives.

Changes to our society – such as data mining, cyber attacks, unmanned/robotic warfare and the instant impact of social media – are becoming the norm before regulations or policies can be considered to ensure individual rights or consider global implications. With rapid advancements in technology, are previously developed guides for ethical decisions still applicable, or do these new developments require new guiding principles? Do we accept this as the changing of times or should we see this as a threat to a socially recognized value? More importantly, in this technology-centric world, how can we distinguish ourselves as leaders of integrity while staying ahead of the changes? How can we develop or utilize ethical practices that address new technology-driven challenges? The 2016 VMI Leadership Conference will provide panel discussions, speakers and small group discussions to explore these ethical dilemmas.


Participants will:

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of current ethical dilemmas
  • Enhance critical analysis of key issues
  • Articulate/evaluate the merits of both sides of ethical isues
  • Apply ethical decision-making to critical issues
  • Demonstrate empathy for opposing views
  • The conference will promote the marketplace of ideas


  • Our audience will include cadets, members of the VMI Community, other college students and professors, policy makers whose interests include national security, personal privacy and technology, including robotics; regional and national journalists as well as the general public


Resources from the 2015 Conference  

 Photo collage from 2015 Leadership Conference (clockwise):  Retired BG Rebecca Halstead, top right:  Keynote dinner networking, lower right: Chaplain Park, VMI, taking notes during a panel session