VMI Leader Journey Podcast

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Examining Leadership with Brigadier General Christopher Burns - VIDEO

Burns examines leadership in light of rapidly evolving technology and societal shifts. He underscores the necessity of fostering trust, building effective communication channels, and maintaining accountability in team settings.

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Tap and Advance: Behind-the-Scenes of Writing 'Fire in My Eyes' with Veteran and Paralympian Brad Snyder

Our conversation with Brad Snyder, a Navy veteran, Paralympic gold medalist, and author, will reveal some behind-the-scenes insights into his memoir, "Fire in My Eyes." We'll discover what inspired him to write a memoir and some of the leadership lessons offered in the book.

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"Something Beyond the Routine" with Riley Shultz, '24

Our conversation with Riley Shultz, VMI Class of 2024, explores his leader development leading up to becoming CIC for both the Cadets' Superintendent's Advisory Board and the Intercollegiate Ethics Club. Shultz provides a great overview of CSAB and talks heavily about his mentorship experiences.

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"Finding Abundance in Structure" with Kate Taylor, VMI Class of 2024

First Classman Kate Taylor, '24, is a civil engineering major and member of VMI's Swim and Dive team. She has been involved with CLE programs for three of her four years at VMI. Taylor says she found 'abundance in structure,' mentors who helped her focus on productive goals, and inspiration.

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Develop Leadership Practices with Cmdr. Kirk Lippold, USN (Ret.)

Retired U. S. Navy Cmdr. Kirk Lippold was the closing speaker at this year's Annual Leadership & Ethics Conference. He spoke on "Leading During Crises," through the narrative of the Al Qaeda terrorist attack on the U.S.S. Cole in 2012. His talk is not public, but he granted us this interview.

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VMI - a College Debates and Discourse Alliance Community of Practice

VMI is one of 10 colleges nationwide to be named a Braver Angels' College Debates and Discourse Alliance’s Communities of Practice. This episode features insights about the program from faculty mentors and cadet fellows.

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A Discussion About the VMI Honor System with Vice President of Education, Sibi Bagavathy, '23

In this episode, Sibi Bagavathy, an economics and business major, discusses with podcast host Maj. Catherine Roy about the efforts to educate his Honor Court peers and the Corps of Cadets on following VMI's Honor Code.

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A Chronicle of the VMI Journey with First-Class President Cameron Cavanaugh, VMI Class of 2023

COVID, an investigation, loss... VMI's Class of 2023 has had a unique and 'wild ride,' according to First-Class President Cadet Cameron Cavanaugh. Join us for this discussion of the challenges they faced and some of their lessons learned.

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Cadets of Character Then and Now: Perspectives with Career Public Affairs Officer Retired Col. Rick Kiernan, '66

Retired Col. Rick Kiernan, VMI Class of 1966, shares insights on the Institute's 150-year track record of graduating successful cadets. He discusses the media's propensity for negativity,  the importance of context in any story or discussion, and his thoughts on leadership as an iterative process.

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Ethics in Entrepreneurship with Erika Cheung

Hear Erika Cheung, CEO of Ethics in Entrepreneurship, share some lessons she's learned from her time at the failed Silicon Valley tech start-up Theranos, her later work in biotechnology in Asia, and her experiences with venture capitalism that inspired her to start her own nonprofit.

VMI: Forging 21st Century Leaders