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Medal of Honor Recipient to Keynote 2012 Hatton W. Sumners Undergraduate Student Leadership Conference

Event Details

Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 7:00pm

The Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium
2315 Red River St.
Austin 78713

This event is free and open to the public but a ticket is required. A limited number of tickets will be available to the LBJ School community for pick-up from the LBJ School Dean's Office beginning Feb. 15 on a first come, first serve basis.

AUSTIN, Texas, February 6, 2012 — The LBJ School’s Center for Ethical Leadership is pleased to announce that Medal of Honor recipient and former Army Staff Sergeant Sal Giunta will be the opening speaker for the 2012 Hatton W. Sumners Undergraduate Leadership Conference. Giunta will speak on Thursday, February 23 at 7 p.m. in the Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium.

For his extraordinary gallantry, unrivalled courage and selfless leadership while under intense enemy fire in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, Staff Sergeant Giunta was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama on November 16, 2011. Giunta is the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor for service in Iraq or Afghanistan, the first living service member to be awarded the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War, and the eighth service member to receive the nation’s highest military decoration for valor in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sal Guinta“We are especially delighted to have Staff Sergeant Giunta as the headliner for this year’s conference,” said Dr. Howard Prince, Director of the Center for Ethical Leadership, a combat veteran of the Vietnam War. “Giunta’s story of courage, valor and leadership in the face of a fierce enemy attack will certainly provide students with a riveting and visceral account of the ethical challenges our armed forces face every day in wartime.”

This event is free but a ticket is required for entry. This event is jointly sponsored by the Center for Ethical Leadership and the Distinguished Speakers Committee of the Texas Union. A limited number of tickets will be available for the LBJ School community for pick-up at the Dean’s Office on a first come, first serve basis beginning February 15.

Students, faculty and staff of the LBJ School are also invited to attend the other speaker sessions during the Hatton W. Sumners Leadership Conference, which will continue Feb. 24 through 26. Information about the other speakers and conference agenda can be found at

The Hatton W. Sumners Leadership Conference is a critical part of the Center for Ethical Leadership’s educational mission to develop leaders for tomorrow. The Center seeks to bring educators and students into association with current leaders from many settings who can share their insights and experiences. The purpose of the Conference is to inspire young leaders, increase their awareness of emerging leadership challenges, and develop a network to support the future. The conference is co-sponsored by the Center for Politics and Governance in the LBJ School of Public Affairs.