February 11, 2014
West Point Society of Cincinnati reaches out to tomorrow's leaders, see photos
Nearly 150 Students and 75 Faculty members from 73 local high schools learned the values of leadership and ethics from the very best last Friday.
The West Point Society of Cincinnati hosted their second annual Leadership and Ethics Seminar at Springdale Nazarene Church in Springdale, Ohio. The seminar provided selected sophomore and junior students and faculty members from high schools in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, the opportunity to experience some of the leadership and ethics training developed for cadets at the US Military Academy at West Point.
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This seminar was facilitated by West Point graduates from the greater Cincinnati area. After a short workshop to understand and establish each participant's value and beliefs framework, small groups of students discussed several situational case studies in which they might find themselves. These cases enabled them to explore their personal values within an ethical decision-making model, helping students develop and internalize a personal code of conduct that will make them stronger leaders.
The seminar also featured two guest speakers. In the morning, the students heard from University of Cincinnati President Santa J. Ono, PhD. Dr. Ono has been recognized as one of the tri-state's Most Influential Leaders and has served in teaching, research, and administrative positions at Emory, John Hopkins and Harvard University, as well as University College and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.
The closing comments were provided by Brigadier General Margaret W. Burcham. BG Burcham is currently Commander of the Great Lakes & Ohio River Division, US Army Corps of Engineers. She is a West Point graduate and is the first female general officer in the Corps of Engineers. She has led military units at company, battalion, and brigade levels in the US, Europe, Korea and Iraq.
Both Dr. Ono and BG Burcham, who have been deeply involved in developing and mentoring young leaders and in leading transformative change in our community and our country, spoke about the role of personal values in addressing ethical leadership challenges they had experienced.
All participants received letters of recognition and encouragement from Governors John Kasich of Ohio and Mike Pence of Indiana, as well as from US Senator Daniel Coats (IN), US Representative Tom Massie (KY), US Representative Luke Messer (IN), and US Representative Brad Wenstrup (OH). Sponsors include Procter & Gamble, Ethicon, AUSA, and The Joseph House along with several private donors.
For additional information regarding the West Point Society of Cincinnati or the Greater Cincinnati Leadership & Ethics Seminar, you can visit the website at www.leadersofcharacter.org.