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2019-2020 Leadership Seminar Series Schedule

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Marketing Me: Creatively Competing for Dream Goals and Opportunities

Dr. Andrea Scott, Dean, School of Business

October 1, 2019 | 7–8:15 p.m.

Organizations and companies invest so much time and money to market themselves, it begs the question why individuals invest so little, if any, time developing their own personal marketing plan and brand. This insightful workshop-seminar helps participants identify and develop their personal marketing plan to creatively set themselves apart for their next big opportunity in their professional and personal lives. Participants will leave with a tool advantageous for the pursuit of goals and dreams. 


The Micro and Macro Politics of Leading: Lessons from U.S Politics

Dr. Chris McHorney, Professor of Political Science, Department Chair, History and Government

November 18th, 2019 | 7–8:15 p.m.

Effective leaders in and out of the political arena utilize informal and formal powers to lobby for the values held by their respective constituencies. These values influence the decision-making that determines the policies that influence or regulate the behavior of the group. Dr. McHorney will provide an overview of the American political process that includes an examination of the informal and formal powers available to leaders. Dr. McHorney will conclude by identifying specific “ingredients” necessary for a more engaged citizenry and functional political processes at both the micro and macro levels of leadership.

 Leadership Development at its Finest: Lessons from the United States Army

Captain Ryan D. Hamilton, Dean of Military Science, Army ROTC

February 3th, 2019 | 7–8:15 p.m.

Good leadership is critical, especially in high stakes environments. Unfortunately, good leadership does not happen automatically. Very few organizations take leadership development as seriously as the United States Army, as evidenced by their own in-house comprehensive Leader Development Field Manual. Captain Ryan D. Hamilton provides an overview of the holistic Army Leadership Development Strategy and a continuum of leadership development principles and activities for individuals and organizations to successfully prepare for current and future leadership scenarios and challenges.

 A Lifetime of Leadership: Religion, Family, Military & Sports

Lieutenant Colonel Dave Merhar, US Army – Retired

March 5th, 2020 | 7–8:15 p.m.

 When performing at an elite level, whether in sport or in leadership, it can be easy to lose sight of what is most important. Prioritizing appropriately takes intentionality and effort, but the payoff is well worth it. In his lecture, Dave Merhar will drive home the importance of faith, family, and service as it relates to leadership and athletic performance. He will tie in his journey to becoming a West Point Sports Hall of fame inductee, as well as his own military career.

 How to be Wisest One in the Room: Leadership Principles from Social Psychology.

Dr. Douglas Wallace, Associate Professor of Sociology, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Program, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

March 30th, 2020 | 7–8:15 p.m.

Common sense is not that common, in part because groups perceive, think, and value similar things differently. Social psychologists have discovered that most people practice naïve realism and often make misleading comparisons among others and themselves, often to the detriment of their individual and collective success.  

This seminar equips participants with principles from social psychology to be organizational mentalists whose common sense on common sense makes them the wisest people in the room.

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