The CGSC Foundation, in conjunction with Park University, hosted the Leaders of Tomorrow symposium on March 29, at the Park University campus.
The event included two keynote speakers: Kay Barnes, former mayor of Kansas City, Mo. (1999-2007) and current senior director for university engagement at Park University; and Anthony Melchiorri, host, co-creator and co-executive producer of Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible” series of shows. Melchiorri is a 1990 Park graduate and a member of its board of trustees.
Park University President Dr. Greg Gunderson and CGSC Foundation Vice Chairman Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Richard Keller welcomed attendees with short remarks at the outset of the symposium followed by morning keynote speaker Mayor Barnes.
After the welcome remarks and remarks by Mayor Barnes, participants rotated through a series of breakout sessions led by Park University and U.S. Army Command and General Staff College faculty members. The breakout sessions were:
- Dr. Adrian James, Chair, School of Business, Park University
- Moderator: Kirby Brown, Dean, College of Management, Park University
- David Whittaker, Chief Information Officer, Park University
- Dr. Ted Thomas, Director, Department of Command and Leadership, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
- Moderator: Dr. James Pasley, Dean College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Park University
- Lt. Col. (Ret.) Michelle Garcia, Professor, Department of Command and Leadership, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
- Lt. Col. (Ret.) Sandra Ming-Doyle, Professor, Department of Joint, Interagency, and Multinational Operations, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
After the breakout sessions, the participants gathered in the main room for lunch and to hear remarks from Melchiorri, who spoke in a fireside chat format with Katie Ervin, Park University’s associate vice president for academic operations and secretary of the CGSC Foundation board of trustees.
Melchiorri spoke about his background in the Air Force, his time as a Park University student while in uniform and the path he followed to ultimately become producer and host of his own programs on the Travel Channel. He centered his comments on defining, launching, elevating and becoming your “personal brand.”
The “Leaders of Tomorrow” symposium is one of the CGSC Foundation’s leader development programs which are intended for leaders who ASPIRE to learn and grow, INSPIRE them to further develop themselves and others, and help them MASTER the skills necessary to be better leaders. “AIM” is the guiding principle for these programs. Contact the CGSC Foundation for more information on these and other programs.