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LBJ School student leadership conference

Renowned political investigative reporter Bob Woodward will be one of six distinguished speakers taking part in a four-day student leadership conference hosted by the Center for Ethical Leadership at the LBJ School of Public Affairs January 27-30.

Almost 200 undergraduates handpicked from across the United States and Mexico will engage in the intensive leadership training program. The conference aims to consciously cultivate a new crop of young leaders by bringing together educators and students with experienced leaders from diverse backgrounds and engaging them in small-group workshops, and social networking events.

“Seeing and hearing inspirational leaders talk about leadership is one way young people develop leadership skills,” said Howard Prince, director of the Center for Ethical Leadership.

With Woodward topping the list, Prince has pulled together an impressive lineup of accomplished speakers who will discuss leadership in the context of issues such as the War on Terror, the state of ethics in America, women in developing countries and overcoming adversity.

For additional information about the conference and the LBJ School’s Center for Ethical Leadership, visit For information about attending the speaking engagements at the Thompson Conference Center, call 512/232-4025.

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Bob Woodward
Thursday, January 27, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
LBJ Auditorium (Sold out.)

Bob Woodward has won every journalism prize imaginable, including the Pulitzer for his report on the Watergate scandal. As the assistant managing editor of The Washington Post, he earned a second Pulitzer as lead reporter for the team that reported on the aftermath of September 11th. He has authored or coauthored more number-one bestsellers than any contemporary American author, including his most recent book, Plan of Attack. The topic of his presentation will be presidential leadership.

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David Callahan
Plenary Session 4
Friday, January 28, 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Thompson Conference Center

Author of the best-selling book The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead, David Callahan has written extensively about American history, business and public policy. His articles have been published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and The American Prospect, and he has also been a frequent commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News as well as radio talk shows.

In 1999, Callahan co-founded a public policy center, Demos, which combines research and advocacy and works to strengthen democracy and expand economic opportunity within the United States.

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Lisa Williams
Plenary Session 3
Friday, January 28, 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
Thompson Conference Center

A leader in the field of business and supply chain management, Lisa Williams is a respected researcher, national columnist and award-winning speaker. She is the president and CEO of Williams Research, Inc. and the author of a forthcoming book, Leading Beyond Excellence. Williams has spoken to audiences in the United States, Belgium, Austria, Canada, London and Australia about the practical and global implications of her research.

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Liz Murray
Plenary Session 4
Friday, January 28, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Thompson Conference Center

“From Homeless to Harvard” is the title of the Lifetime Television movie that portrays Liz Murray’s triumph over adversity throughout her tumultuous childhood. Murray’s presentation details her inspirational story of growing up under the shadow of two drug-addicted parents whom she began supporting at age 10. Homeless at age 15, after the death of her mother, Murray describes how she overcame incredible odds to finish high school in just two years while living on the streets and was subsequently awarded a full scholarship to Harvard.

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Victor Davis Hanson
Plenary Session 5
Saturday, January 29, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Thompson Conference Center

Acclaimed military historian, classicist and strategist Victor Davis Hanson will talk about leadership and America’s role in the War on Terror. Hanson has authored several books, including Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise of Western Power, which appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List, and An Autumn of War and its sequel about the current war against terror, Between War and Peace.

His editorials and reviews have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Times.

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Luz Lajous
Plenary Session 6
Saturday, January 29, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Thompson Conference Center

Luz Lajous serves as president of the board of ProMujer, a nonprofit international micro-finance organization in Mexico City whose mission is to help women lift themselves and their families out of poverty. She is the past president of the International Women's Forum, one of the foremost global women leaders' organizations, providing access, information, leadership exchange and development for women on issues of international concern. Previously, Lajous served two terms in the Mexican House of Representatives and one term in the Mexican Senate.

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