What is it?
The Greater Cincinnati Leadership and Ethics Seminar, sponsored by the West Point Society of Cincinnati, will provide selected sophomore & junior high school students and faculty from local high schools the opportunity to experience the leadership and ethics training developed for cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
When, Where, and How to Register?
2018 Seminar Date: February 2nd, 2018
Location: Springdale Nazarene Church
Ethics and values-based leadership are often cited as making the difference between successful leaders and those who fail. West Point is often considered the premier leadership institution in the world. West Point seeks to “educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets, so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character.” Cadets are taught, practice and live in an environment that develops this leadership character over a four-year period.
U.S. Military Academy alumni from the Cincinnati area lead the seminar utilizing the same principles and values taught at West Point. The session begins with a brief primer on ethical decision-making before moving to the highly regarded keynote speaker session. Community leaders from education, government, and the military illustrate the diverse backgrounds from which we draw our speakers.
Following the main address, students participate in a short workshop to understand and establish each participant’s value and beliefs “framework”. These small groups of students then participate in practical exercises relevant to situations a high school student might expect to encounter. These case studies will enable 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.
Can you train leadership?
West Point believes that there are no ‘natural’ leaders – leadership is a skill that must be trained, nurtured and honed through experience. Effective leaders have clearly identified personal values and an ethical framework that enables them to listen and to motivate others and make the ‘tough’ decisions when called for in difficult situations.
This seminar will allow participants to experience similar introspection early in their academic and professional careers.
Proven Record of Success
Since the seminar’s inaugural year in 2013, the program has grown to include over 85 high schools and nearly 300 faculty and student participants from across the tri-state region. As our survey results show, the program continues to receive high marks from faculty and students alike. In 2016, 100% of faculty AND students stated that they would recommend this seminar to others
What our faculty participants are saying…
- “I really enjoyed this year’s presenters – relatable, humorous and inspiring.”
- “Fantastic event! Great facilitation of conversation & exchange of ideas.”
What our student participants are saying…
- “This was amazing.”
- “Great experience. I enjoyed group discussions and diversity.”
- “I loved this seminar and know it will help me.”
You can also check out this Venue Magazine Article highlighting a previous year’s seminar.
Participants will include 2 students from each of approximately 80 high schools in the area, along with one faculty member from each school. Schools may select sophomores or juniors to participate.