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Leadership Workshop

Boston - 15 November 2014 - Charles Hotel

Video and Audio Recordings from the Event

The first Leadership Workshop focused on promoting and refining the skills and sensitivities necessary to draw the best from all those able and willing to serve in our Armed Forces. With limited resources and a progressively complex set of missions, leaders must be able to create an environment of trust and teamwork that enables our Armed Forces to operate at its best.

West Point Cadets, Coast Guard Cadets and Navy Midshipmen, as well as graduate and undergraduate students from other Universities were present. Air Force Academy Cadets connected remotely. Army, Navy Air Force and Coast Guard leaders from junior officer to General and Admiral ranks, alumni of the service academies and local business and civic leaders, as well as distinguished members of academia, were among the participants.

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas
Niki Tsongas

The Workshop began with opening remarks from Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-MA 3rd District) and were followed later in the day by Janet Petro, Deputy Director, Kennedy Space Center. Also participating in the program were Rear Admiral Peg Klein, Major General Heidi Brown, Major General Jeff Snow and Major General (R) Maria Britt. After the welcome, the participants received a brief presentation from each set of discussion group leaders before the workshop break-out sessions begin. The discussion group topics were:

The Workshop topics were developed with the collaboration of the Advisors and Leaders of the service academies, while the discussion groups were led by a notable collection of officers representing all branches of military service. Further information on the topics and leaders can be found by following the topic links above.

Event Schedule

  • 08:30 - 08:50
  • Networking and Coffee
  • 13:30 - 13:50
  • RADM Margaret Klein, USNA ’81, Senior Advisor to Secretary of Defense for Military Professionalism
08:50 - 09:00  
  • Opening Remarks: COL Diane Ryan, USA, Ph.D., USMA
  13:50 - 14:50 MG Jeff Snow, USMA ’83, Director of the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) & Leadership Presentations
09:00 - 09:20  
  • Congresswoman Niki Tsongas 
  14:50 - 15:00 Break and Move to Workshops
09:20 - 10:20   Leadership Presentations   15:00 - 16:30 Workshop Discussions
10:20 - 10:30   Break and Move to Workshops   16:30 - 16:40 Break and Move to Main Hall
10:30 - 12:00   Workshop Discussions   16:40 - 16:45 BG (R) Rebecca Halstead, USMA ’81 (video)
12:00 - 12:10   Break and Move to Main Hall   16:45 - 17:05 MG Heidi Brown, USMA ’81, Director of Test, Missile Defense Agency
12:10 - 12:30  

Janet Petro, USMA '81, Deputy Director, Kennedy Space Center

  17:05 - 17:15 Closing Remarks: COL Diane Ryan
12:30 - 13:30   Lunch at the Border Café    17:15 - 20:00  Cocktail Reception Noir Bar


        MG Heidi Brown
Janet Petro
Margaret Klein
Jeff Snow
Maria Britt
Heidi Brown

Major General Heidi BrownRear Admiral Margaret "Peg" KleinMajor General Jeff Snow and Major General (ret) Maria Britt will also be participating in the Workshop Discussions. MG Brown is the Director for Test for the United States Missle Defense Agency. Admiral Klein is the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense for Military Professionalism. MG Snow is the Director of the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO). MG (R) Britt is the former Commander of the Georgia Army National Guard. 

The event was held at the Charles Hotel on Harvard Square. Video of a portion of the proceeding is available here. A summary of the days events will be published and available through this site. The day closed with a social. All proceeds will be collected and donated to the Corbin Forum through the West Point Association of Graduates. 

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