Essays on Leadership from the 2013 McDonald Cadet Leadership Conference

January 29, 2014

In October of 2013, Hampden-Sydney seniors Nathan Shepherd '14 and Diego Velasco '14 joined President Chris Howard at the 2013 McDonald Cadet Leadership Conference at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Dr. Howard joined his good friend Bob McDonald, former CEO of Proctor & Gamble, as one of thirteen senior advisors at the conference. The weekend long conference brought together 84 outstanding undergraduate and graduate students from across the world to explore leadership topics on the themes of education, media, the global economy, and prepardness. Just recently the New York Times published essays written by the teams at the conference. In their essay titled, "Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze?", President Howard and his team examine responsibility in higher education. Nathan and his team were paired with Dr. Jason Clay, Senior VP for Market Transformation at the World Wildlife Fund, and write about the power of education in leadership in their essay, "What the World Needs Now." In their essay "Military Officers and Officer Workers," Diego's team, under the leadership of Tjada McKenna, Deputy Coordinator for Development for USAID, discuss the importance of shared planning for the leaders of tomorrow. This is the second year in a row that Hampden-Sydney students have been invited to the prestigious conference; in 2012, Alex Cartwright and Ryan Carter joined Dr. Howard at West Point. Alex is now pursuing his Doctorate in Economics from George Mason University and Ryan works with JP Morgan Chase on Wall Street in New York City.

Pictured from Right to Left: President Chris Howard, Diego Velasco '14, Nathan Shepherd '13, Ernesto Zedillo, Former President of Mexico, Bob McDonald, Former CEO of P&G, and USMA Cadet Alec Carrier.