VMI Leader Journey Podcast

Will Nicholson in parade outfit holding a puppy

Meaningful Leadership Experiences as a First-Class Private with Will Nicholson '21

Will Nicholson '21 is president of the

Holly Njabo, former women's rugby player, biology major

Go with the Flow with Holly Njabo

Holly Njabo, VMI Class of '20, says VMI's recruitment video, research, and a beautiful acceptance letter influenced her decision to enroll sight-unseen! She didn't know it, but she was learning even then to 'Go with the Flow.' Hear more about her leadership development journey in this episode!

Profile pic of Karl Renne '96 Retired CIA, Veteran, Entrepreneur

Be Patient and Learn from a Variety of Leaders with Karl Renne '96

Retired CIA Agent, former marine, and entrepreneur Karl Renne ’96 is a founding partner and CEO of Ghost Wolf Industries. Learn why Renne says leaders benefit from learning from all kinds of individuals and the common mistake he and others make early in their careers. Join us!

Bob Fricke speaking at 2019 Leadership Conference

Leaders Sacrifice with Bob Fricke '78

Alumnus Bob Fricke '78 shared his definition of leadership, the powerful lessons he learned as a young lieutenant, and how that's carried over into a new teaching career, his most challenging career yet! Join us for this episode!

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Learning to Rely on Each Other with Josh Austin '20

Former Marine Reservist, class vice president, and representative on the General Committee Josh Austin '20 shares his insights and lessons learned on peer leadership.

VMI Podcast Episode with Madeleine Barrett titled Leadership Roles A-Plenty

VMI Leadership Roles A-Plenty with Madeleine Barrett '20

Madeleine Barrett '20 says her role as class ring designer is one of her proudest. Learn about her story and experiences on this episode.

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Learn by Observing with Jeremiah Gaulding '22

Tragedy struck just prior to matriculation, but Jeremiah Gaulding '22 says family and his dyke helped him overcome the mental pressures of the Ratline. Now he looks forward to becoming part of the S5 Staff and commissioning in the air force upon graduation. Learn more about Gaulding's journey.

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When the Going Gets Tough, Control What You Can with Sam Trepp '20

Outgoing First-Class President Sam Trepp talks about taking his own advice, how he and his classmates are making the most of an off-post senior year and how they are keeping each other unified as a class.

Cadet Paul Boucher '21 via Zoom Interview

Be Adaptive with Second Class Cadet Paul Boucher '21

Rising First Class Cadet Paul Boucher says his advice to incoming rats is that despite trying to imagine what VMI will be like, it's best to just stay in shape and be adaptive. It will be tough mentally, physically, and academically.

Carrie Papke

Less Than Picturesque with Carrie Papke '07

Carrie Papke says despite not having the 'picturesque' cadetship of rank throughout her cadetship or 'ac' stars, she embraced the challenges and leadership opportunities that came her way and worked toward success over time.