The Clough Colloquium Series* recognizes individuals who have made important contributions as ethical leaders in their fields and calls upon them to share what they have learned on their journey to becoming leaders through symposia, conferences and public events.
Monday, March 18, 2013 Featured Speaker: Major Russell Lewis MC (PARA)
Walsh Function Room, 6:30 p.m., open to the general public
Major Russell Lewis was commissioned into the Parachute Regiment in 1994. His operational experience includes tours in Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Iraq. In 2008 he commanded B Company, 2 PARA, a group of 200 soldiers from the British Army's legendary Parachute Regiment, in Afghanistan. His Company was based just outside of Sangin, where for six brutal months they fought a determined and aggressive enemy. In 2009 he was awarded a Military Cross for his leadership and gallantry. Russell has written about his experiences in his book “Company Commander,” a riveting first-person account of incredible bravery, telling what it is like to have 200 soldiers depending on you constantly, to make decisions which can and do cost lives, to see men under your command killed and injured, and to be under the most intense pressure imaginable for every minute of every day for six long months.
Jon Huntsman, former two-term Governor of Utah and U.S. Ambassador to China and Singapore
The youngest American diplomatic mission leader in a century, as U.S. Trade Ambassador, Huntsman launched global trade negotiations and deftly guided the accession of the Republic of China into the World Trade Organization. Huntsman’s belief that, “in order to project strength abroad, we have to be strong at home,” coupled with his commitment to service led to his two successful terms as Governor of Utah—where in the midst of a national economic recession, Utah earned national accolades for debt management and was ranked #1 nationally in job creation and was named the best-managed state by the Pew Center.
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Andrew Ross Sorkin, author of Too Big to Fail
New York Times financial columnist and co-host of CNBC’s Squawk Box, Andrew Ross Sorkin is a leading voice about Wall Street and corporate America. The founder and editor-at-large of DealBook, an online daily financial news service published by The Times, he also is an assistant editor of business and finance news, helping to guide and shape the paper’s coverage. New York magazine described him as "the most famous financial journalist of his generation."
Adrian Fenty, Former Mayor of Washington DC
Adrian Fenty has become a national leader in the area of urban education reform after changing the city’s public schools structure in his first months in office. One of the youngest mayors of a major metropolitan U.S. city, rising political figure Adrian Fenty captured the nation’s attention during his term as Mayor of the District of Columbia. Celebrated for his leadership in urban education reform, the public school system in the D.C. had been troubled for years with poor student test performance scores and graduation rates among the lowest in the nation.
Doris Kearns Goodwin, "Team of Rivals: Leadership Lessons from Abraham Lincoln"
Doris Kearns Goodwin won the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II, which was a bestseller in hardcover and trade paper. She is also the author of the bestsellers Wait Till Next Year, The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. Ms. Goodwin lectures around the world, and is often called upon by the media to comment upon and analyze presidential issues. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with her husband Richard Goodwin.
Peggy Noonan, Author and Wall Street Journal columnist
Peggy Noonan is a widely admired columnist for The Wall Street Journal and the best selling author of eight books on American politics, history and culture. Forbes Magazine has called her column "principled, perceptive, persuasive, and patriotic." Noonan's essays have appeared in TIME, Newsweek, The Washington Post and other publications.
David Brooks, Author and New York Times columnist
David Brooks is one of America's most prominent political commentators. He writes a bi-weekly OpEd column for the New York Times, and is the author of the books On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense and Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There. Watch Video
Alex Counts, President and CEO, Grameen Foundation and author, "Small Loans, Big Dreams"
Alex Counts leads the Grameen Foundation, a Washington D.C.-based non-profit that enables the poor to create a world without poverty using the tools of microfinance and technology. He trained under and worked directly with 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Dr. Muhammad Yunus. Watch Video
Dr. Francis Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health, and author, "The Language of God"
Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. led the successful effort to complete the Human Genome Project, a complex multidisciplinary scientific enterprise directed at mapping and sequencing all of the human DNA, and determining aspects of its function. Watch Video
Cynthia Cooper, WorldCom Whistle Blower and 2002 Time Person of the Year
In 2002, Ms. Cooper and her team identified the corporate fraud at WorldCom – to date the largest corporate fraud in history. She is the the author of "Extraordinary Circumstances: The Journey of a Corporate Whistleblower."
FW de Klerk, former president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize Winner
F. W. de Klerk was president of South Africa from 1989 to 1994. He pointed his country in a new direction and was awarded the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end apartheid (an official policy that virtually eliminated black African participation in government in South Africa). Watch Video
General Anthony Zinni (Ret.)
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*The Clough Colloquium Series is made possible through the generosity of Charles I. Clough, Jr. ’64 and Gloria Clough CGSON ’96.