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West Point Distinguished Graduate Awards

I recently traveled to West Point for the festivities around the annual Distinguished Graduate Awards (DGA) and the Alumni Parade.  The DGAs involved a dinner at Herbert Hall, our alumni building, and a parade to the statue of Sylvanus Thayer, and a Corps of Cadets parade.  As the Chairman of the Board of the Association […]

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West Point Ready to Lead…And More

I recently visited West Point and met with Todd Browne, West Point Class of 1985 and President and CEO of the Association of Graduates (AOG) at Herbert Hall, the offices of the AOG.  I met with Todd in his office and we talked about a number of issues.  We then reviewed the composition of the […]

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Re-Cap of 2022 Horatio Alger Awards Ceremony and Events

What follows is a journal type re-cap of my experience not only as a recipient of the Horatio Alger Award, but my interactions with other award winners as well. Upon landing in the Washington, D.C. area we grabbed our luggage, and then took a taxi to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on 22nd Street in Georgetown which […]

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2022 MCLC Recap

Learn more below about the amazing experiences from attendees of the 2022 McDonald Conference for Leaders of Character hosted at the United States Military Academy (USMC). Wilma Tay Wilma Tay (WCAS ’24) attended the 2022 McDonald Conference for Leaders of Character, hosted at West Point, the US Military Academy, in New York. The conference brings […]

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CEO’s React to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

Below are comments and thoughts from current and past CEO’s from around the world on the topic of the recent invasion of Ukraine by Russia. FedEx Founder Fred Smith “Europe is a huge part of the FedEx network. We serve every company in the world except the five prohibited by law. We have a daily flight into […]

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2022 McDonald Conference for Leaders of Character

The mission of the McDonald Conference for Leaders of Character (MCLC) is to bring together a diverse group of the top undergraduate student leaders from across the globe with world class senior leaders who act as mentors in a team-based, experiential event that bolsters leadership skills, fosters critical thinking and collaboration, and develops potential strategies […]

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The Importance of Leadership Training in the Veteran-Serving Community

There is no skill more important than leadership, and honing it is critical when it comes to supporting our veterans as they transition back into civilian life. I’ve always considered leadership training programs essential: As the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and, before that, the Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Procter & Gamble, I […]

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Leadership is a Relationship Highlights VA Transformation

So far, we’ve seen that little interventions and intentional language can build trust in the high-stress world of management consulting, the life-and-death world of the military, and the constantly changing world of technology.  They also work at the highest level of government. In June 2014, Bob McDonald had been retired from Procter & Gamble for […]

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Teaching at Harvard Business School

It was my honor to teach again at Harvard Business School on November 29.  I  joined my friend Professor Ryan Buell in class 27 (of 28) of his Managing Service Operations Course.  In 2016 Ryan and his colleagues Robert Huckman and Sam Travers studied the transformation we led at the Department of Veterans Affairs and […]

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Bob McDonald Receives President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement

Bob McDonald recently received the President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation which is affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  The award was bestowed upon McDonald because of his leadership in creating long-term economic opportunities that allow transitioning service members, veterans, military spouses, and caregivers to thrive in their […]

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West Point Distinguished Graduate Awards

I recently traveled to West Point for the festivities around the annual Distinguished Graduate Awards (DGA) and the Alumni Parade.  The DGAs involved a dinner at Herbert Hall, our alumni building, and a parade to the statue of Sylvanus Thayer, and a Corps of Cadets parade.  As the Chairman of the Board of the Association […]

West Point Ready to Lead…And More

I recently visited West Point and met with Todd Browne, West Point Class of 1985 and President and CEO of the Association of Graduates (AOG) at Herbert Hall, the offices of the AOG.  I met with Todd in his office and we talked about a number of issues.  We then reviewed the composition of the […]

Re-Cap of 2022 Horatio Alger Awards Ceremony and Events

What follows is a journal type re-cap of my experience not only as a recipient of the Horatio Alger Award, but my interactions with other award winners as well. Upon landing in the Washington, D.C. area we grabbed our luggage, and then took a taxi to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on 22nd Street in Georgetown which […]