Upcoming Events

Scheduled Events Offered by the Center for the 2022-23 Academic Year:


For the health and safety of all in attendance, we also request that if you are feeling sick or have any symptoms of COVID or influenza, you follow the CDC recommendation of remaining at home.

Please direct inquiries about our events to Lt. Col. Kim Connolly, Assistant Director for Conferences and Programs at connollykv@vmi.edu or (540)464-7361

2022-23 Virtual Offerings: 

  • VMI Leader Journey podcast

  • Virtual Leadership Engagement Programming (VLEP) our social media will feature posts on focus sub-themes to promote awareness, engagement, and dialogue on our Center's annual theme of “The Courage of Convictions” and the annual Leadership and Ethics Conference

To partake, connect with the CLE: Facebook  Twitter   Instagram  YouTube  LinkedIn

  • The Courage of Convictions Focus Topics:
    • Courageous followership
    • Civil discourse
    • Critical thinking
    • Intelligent disobedience
    • Building trust
    • Establishing a culture of candor
    • Psychological flexibility

In-Person 2022-23 Conference Schedule:

  • Oct. 31- Nov. 1, 2022: 13th Annual Leadership & Ethics Conference — Principled Dissent: Navigating Moral Challenges
  • Feb. 23-24, 2023: Commonwealth Cyber Fusion
  • March 28-30, 2023: 33rd Annual Environment Virginia Symposium

Courageous Leadership Speakers Series

During the spring term, featured "courageous leaders" come to post to engage with cadets, staff, and faculty providing their personal insights.  These speaker events are also open to the general public.

Their role as influencers helps support our mission of enhancing the leadership development journey of the VMI community and raising the profile of the Institute to a broader national audience.  

2022-2023 Courageous Leadership Speaker Series Events

February 1, 2023, 7:45 p.m. Shaquem Griffin made history as the NFL’s first-ever one-handed player. 

March 1, 2023, 7:45 p.m. —Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Scott Mann is a former U.S. Army Green Beret author of "Operation Pineapple Express."

April 13, 2023, 7:45 p.m. —  Amber Smith, author of "Danger Close." She served in the 101st Airborne in Iraq and Afghanistan and was an OH-58 Delta Kiowa Warrior air mission commander.

 Shaquem Griffin Promotional Image Tile Scott Mann with Operation Pineapple book cover Amber Smith Profile Image

Recent speakers in this engaging event series have included:

  • 2022 Courageous Leadership Speakers:

    • Former CIA Officer and FBI Special Agent Tracy Walder's photos and video. Walder is the 2022-23 General J. H. Binford Peay, III, '62, Leader-in-Residence.
    • Andy Milburn's photos and video
    • First Casualty Speaker Panel featuring VMI alumni Col. Justin Sapp and Scott Spellmeyer: photos and video

  • 2020 Courageous Leadership Speaker:

    • Former NFL Defensive Lineman for the Ravens, author, and mathematician John Urschel - listen to our interview on the VMI Leader Journey podcast episode featuring Urschel titled "The First Form of Leadership."

  • 2019 Courageous Leadership Speakers

Videos of previous speakers from this series can be found on the CLE's YouTube channel