VMI's 13th Annual Leadership and Ethics Conference "Principled Dissent: Navigating Moral Challenges"

Committed to Exploring Today's Top Leadership Themes

WHEN: Oct. 31 - Nov. 1, 2022

WHERE: In-Person, VMI's Marshall Hall, 500 Anderson Drive, Lexington, VA 24450

WHO: VMI Cadets, Student-Athlete Leaders or Team Captains, Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Professional Development

DRESS CODE: Civilian - business casual; Military - Class B; Cadets - daily class uniform (VMI Class Dyke)

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About This Year's Conference

You've come to know VMI's Annual Leadership and Ethics Conference as one that continues to seek out top national or global issues and challenges for our programming - topics such as leading through disruption, civil discourse, strategic leadership, and more. Each conference features top-notch speakers and subject-matter experts, small group discussions, and interactive learning activities.

Principled Dissent: Navigating Moral Challenges explores a progression of topics that highlight leadership skills and competencies that future citizen leaders will need to know. Participants will consider moral courage, our leadership theme for 2022-23, as we explore every topic as it applies in higher education, government/military, and social settings. 

We will explore these topics while hearing from thought-leaders and practitioners whose research and practical experiences will inform our audience, challenge notions, or lead discussions requiring critical thinking. We will reinforce each program area with video interviews, facilitated small table group discussions, speakers and panelists, and active-learning exercises.

Participants will

  • explore a variety of examples of principled dissent
  • hear leadership insights on tackling problems and lessons learned
  • use critical thinking while engaging in small group discussions and active learning exercises to reinforce learning outcomes
  • receive a free conference workbook
  • network with other like-minded college students, speakers, and faculty

Timely, Relevant Conference Programming on Leadership and Ethics

Conference Background

Begun in 2010, the VMI Leadership and Ethics Conference is a hallmark of the Center for Leadership and Ethic’s programming. It is a top-tier conference that addresses a significant issue of ethical leadership development, including living an honorable lifestyle in contemporary America.

The conference is open to all interested adults and attracts the attention of faculty and students of a diverse array of military and civilian colleges, members of the public and private sectors, military leaders, and non-profit audiences. Through the participation of these attendees and our speakers, VMI leads national conversations on diverse themes of leadership and ethics in modern society.

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