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Leadership Conference features General Richard Myers

General Richard B. Myers, former chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, will headline this year’s Student Leadership Conference at the LBJ School. The event, which will take place March 2-5, is sponsored by the School’s Center for Ethical Leadership, with primary funding provided by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation of Dallas.

As the 15th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Myers served from 2001 to 2005 as the principal military advisor to President George W. Bush, U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and the National Security Council.

Myers will give two lectures on Thursday, March 2. The first one, scheduled for 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Bass Lecture Hall, is an informal brown bag presentation for LBJ School students, faculty and staff. Later that day, Myers will address conference participants and the university community in an evening lecture that is jointly sponsored by the Texas Union Student Events Center Distinguished Speakers Committee (for ticket information, see “Related Links” below). Topics include military, security and preparedness matters at home and abroad.

Organized annually, the Student Leadership Conference operates under the premise that tomorrow’s leaders are in college today. The intensive leadership training program, now in its third year, draws undergraduate students from the United States and Mexico. This year, more than 170 students and sponsors are expected to attend the conference.

“The 2006 Student Leadership Conference provides a wonderful opportunity for students from across the United States and Mexico to learn from seasoned leaders and to interact with other student leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds,” said CEL Assistant Director Geoffrey R. Tumlin. “The Center for Ethical Leadership is grateful to the Hatton Sumners Foundation and our other sponsors for making this conference possible.”

Besides Myers, the program includes four other plenary session speakers. They are Jean Bethke Elshtain, one of the country’s leading social philosophers and an expert on Just War Theory, which deals with the justification of how and why wars are fought; Dominique Dawes, the first African-American gymnast to qualify, compete and win a medal in the Olympics; CEL Director Howard T. Prince II, an internationally recognized authority on leadership and leadership education; and Liz Murray, who will share her inspirational “homeless to Harvard” story.

The conference schedule and additional details are available at The concurrent sessions listed in the program are limited to registered undergraduate conference participants. Other sessions are open to LBJ School students, faculty and staff on a space-available basis.

By María de la Luz Martínez

Related Links

Ticket information for General Richard Myers’ March 2 lecture at 7 p.m.

Center for Ethical Leadership

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LBJ School launches leadership program to increase diversity

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27 February 2006

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