The 1340-acre wooded campus is 60 miles southwest of Richmond, Virginia.
Wilson Center Newsletter, April 2012
Kevin F. F. Quigley
Woodrow Wilson Visiting Scholar
On April 3, Dr. Kevin Quigley, a visiting Woodrow Wilson Fellow and President/CEO of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), met with students and faculty at the Wilson Center to discuss the mission and history of the Peace Corps. Early in his life he served as a public servant with the US government as a Legislative Director for Senator John Heinz; a Budget Examiner in the International Affairs Division of the Office of Management and Budget; and as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand. Dr. Quigley discussed his long association with the corps and his experiences in Thailand. A graduate of Swarthmore, he has more than 20 years of non-profit leadership experience advancing international understanding and civil society. Dr. Quigley ended his remarks with his own assessment of how the Peace Corps may have to
change over the next decade to insure that it is well positioned to carry out its important work.
Congressman Robert Hurt '91
Congressman Robert Hurt '91 (5th U.S. House District, VA) met with Wilson Center students on Thursday, April 12, to discuss the current Congressional session and the upcoming national elections. Congressman Hurt responded to questions about the federal deficit and budgetary process, the debate over reforming the federal tax code, and entitlement reform.
David Martin '52 - President and Creator of the Martin Agency and Martin Branding Worldwide
Start with your wrist and look at your watch. Always be on time. Be there waiting while the others rush in to find you there--composed, ready, and prepared. You can't lead when you're the last one in the room.
Your thumb is up, always positive, your glass half full - in command of your reality. No second guesses allowed. I've never seen a leader who wasn't cool under fire, confident of success, and always sending out those positive vibes that energize.
Your forefinger does double duty. Your fore-fingerprint is unique and so are you. What is your core interest, your inherent talent? It sets you apart. Make it your claim to fame. Leaders are known for something special and that knowledge spawns respect.
The index finger points the way. Every task demands a plan - a plan is a blueprint that makes leading easier. Invite input. Set the goal; and reach for the stars. Others are more apt to follow when they know they're going up, not down.
The prod finger - delegate, fix responsibility, give others the slack that begets a sense of ownership in the task at hand. But don't delegate the responsibility for the end result. Require accountability and, when necessary, use this finger.
The ring finger is all about caring. You can't fake it, you either care about the others you lead or you don't. If you see yourself as your first and last priority, sooner or later that big ego is a heavy burden that brings you down.
The little finger is about the niceties of life: good manners, smart grooming, and appropriate dress. A leader looks and acts like one. Be courteous to all, interested in ideas and input from others. Brain cells multiply when light enters an open mind.
People sometimes wonder, "Are some people born leaders-or can one be made?" Human personality, the Jaycees say, is the greatest gift of mankind. But personalities differ. Some deploy the above characteristics and attitudes naturally - others need to learn and consciously apply them. The High Five guide will help you remember the rules of the leadership game.
- David N. Martin
April 5, 2009 used by permission
Julious P. Smith '65
Mr. Smith is the chairman emeritus of Williams Mullen. He served as CEO of the firm from Feb. 1, 1984 through Jan. 31, 2010. Under Mr. Smith's Leadership, Williams Mullen grew from 25 lawyers in Richmond, Va. to over 300 in 12 offices in North Carolina, Washington, D.C. and London. Gross revenues increased from approximately $4.5 million to $150 million. During his tenure as CEO, Mr. Smith initiated six mergers with law firms ranging in size from 20 to 55 lawyers. On Monday, April 23, he spoke to Dr. Curt Smith's public service class as well as the Pre-Law Society. Following the classes, Dr. Smith and Julious Smith dined with a group of students from the Freshman Leadership Program.