Upcoming Events

Scheduled Events Offered by the Center for the 2019-20 Academic Year:


Speaker Series

Convocation Speakers

Please note: Links below are for those dates/events. The VMI Calendar includes an 'Add to my Calendar' button. Information may be pending or subject to change.

Courageous Leadership Speakers

During the spring term, featured "courageous leaders" come to post to engage with cadets, staff, and faculty providing their personal insights.  Their visit typically includes meeting with cadet clubs, athletic teams, and/or specific classes and culminates in an evening presentation in the Gillis Theater.

Their role as influencers helps support our mission of enhancing the leadership development journey of the VMI community and raise the profile of the Institute to a broader, national audience.  Past speakers include former Army Ranger Jeff Struecker, whose story was featured in the movie "Black Hawk Down" and Pittsburgh Steelers player Alejandro Villanueva. 

Announcements regarding upcoming speakers will appear on the VMI calendar, our Center's social media, and this page. View videos from this series on our YouTube Channel. 

H.B. Johnson Distinguished Speakers

The H.B. Johnson Distinguished Speaker series features top-tier speakers who typically have national reputation renown in the military, public policy, entertainment, business, or other sectors whose personal story and leadership insights align with VMI's mission of developing citizen-soldiers of character and integrity.  For more about that programming, past speakers, or upcoming events, please visit here.   

Speaker Schedule Flyer and More Information

For more information regarding this program, please contact Col. Pat Looney, looneypg@vmi.edu or call our offices at 540-464-7361.

Click on the image below to view a larger, printable/downloadable flyer. 


 A promotional sheet featuring speakers coming to VMI fall 2019