2010 Hatton W. Sumners Undergraduate Student Leadership Conference
Mary Robinson, the first woman President of Ireland and formerly the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate and is a world leader who puts her humanity very much at the forefront of her politics. Recently, President Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the highest civilian honor—for her significant contributions to the nation and the world. She now chairs the Council of Women World Leaders and is Founder and President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative. She has been named a “Hero and Icon” as one of Time magazine’s 2005 top 100 men and women whose "power, talent or moral example is transforming the world.” In 2006, President Robinson received Spain’s prestigious Prince of Asturias Award in Social Sciences prize for her work as a global human rights campaigner, singled out for her "moral strength,” her defense of "ethics in the field of politics and academic research," and her "tireless efforts to bring about a world without borders." In 2009 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest honor conferred to a citizen.
Broadening her international scope, President Robinson expands her leadership into other areas including business enterprise, corporate citizenship, and the broad reform of some of the world’s most prestigious organizations. She serves as Vice President of Club of Madrid, working to promote democracy worldwide. In business, she is one of five prestigious board members of the Mastercard Foundation, a newly established independent foundation focusing on microfinance, youth entrepreneurship and education. President Robinson was recently appointed to the UN Global Compact Board, a group of 20 global business, labor and social leaders working to advance ten universal business principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption for this large voluntary corporate citizenship initiative. With her emphasis on making human rights the compass which charts a course for globalization that is fair, just, and benefits all, she retains a high visibility on pressing issues such as global health, the battle against poverty, and supporting microfinance in many nations.
Robinson recently became a member of The Elders, a group of world leaders who contribute their wisdom, independent leadership, and integrity to tackling some of the world’s toughest problems with the goal of making the world a better place. This group of luminaries was founded by Nelson Mandela, Graca Machel, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Based in New York, her work with Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative is supported by a partnership with the Aspen Institute, Columbia University (where she is a professor of practice) and the Swiss based International Council on Human Rights Policy. Its goal is to bring the norms and standards of human rights into the globalization process and to support capacity building in good governance in developing countries. The recipient of numerous honors and awards throughout the world, President Robinson is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and the American Philosophical Society and is Honorary President of Oxfam International. She also serves on many boards including the Vaccine Fund, the Global Commission on Migration, the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights, and the International Commission of Jurists.
Educated at the University of Dublin (Trinity College), King’s Inns Dublin, and Harvard Law School to which she won a fellowship in 1967, she holds honorary doctorates from over 40 universities around the world, including Harvard, Yale, Brown, Columbia, Oxford, Cambridge, London and Edinburgh. Continuing her educational experience, she now serves as Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria, South Africa as well as a Council of Goodwill Ambassador.
As an academic, legislator and barrister, she has always sought to use law as an instrument for social change, arguing landmark cases before the European Court of Human Rights as well as in the Irish courts and the European Court in Luxembourg. In 1988, Robinson and her husband, Nicholas Robinson, founded the Irish Centre for European Law at the University of Dublin, since then, she has been Chancellor of the University.
Dr. Prince is the Director of the Center for Ethical Leadership and holds the Loyd Hackler Endowed Chair in Ethical Leadership in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs (LBJ School) at the University of Texas at Austin. He was initially appointed to the Sid Richardson Chair in Public Affairs as Visiting Professor in September 1999. He has received numerous teaching awards including the Texas Excellence Teaching Award as the outstanding teacher in the LBJ School for AY 2001-2002 by nomination of the student body. In 2008 he was chosen by The Eyes of Texas, a student organization, for The Eyes of Texas Excellence Award for outstanding contributions to student life.
Dr. Prince is a 1962 honor graduate of West Point and also holds the Master of Arts degree in International Relations from American University. During 1965-67 he studied economics, history, law, political science and sociology at the University of Bonn in Germany as an Olmsted Scholar, and earned the Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975. A clinical psychologist, he is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He is also a graduate of the U. S. Army War College. In 2006 he was selected for the highest honor given by West Point to its alumni, the Distinguished Graduate Award.
Dr. Prince is an accomplished educator and leader who has held positions of increasing responsibility throughout a lifetime of public service. He is an experienced teacher who also has published widely on contemporary leadership topics and is the senior editor of a leadership textbook. He has been active in promoting leadership education and leader development on the national and international levels for many years as a consultant and speaker. In 1996 the Association of Leadership Educators honored Dr. Prince with its Distinguished Leadership Service Award. In 2009 Division 19, the Society of Military Psychology, of the American Psychological Association presented him with the John R. Flanagan Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Previously he served as founding dean of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies and Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, where he was responsible for the development of the first undergraduate leadership degree program in the world from October 1, 1990 until June 30, 1996. He then held the George and Virginia Modlin Endowed Chair as Professor of Leadership Studies until July 31, 1997. Before going to Richmond, Virginia, Dr. Prince was Professor and Head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the U. S. Military Academy, West Point, New York from July 1978 through September 1990 where he developed both graduate and undergraduate leadership programs and was instrumental in reshaping leader development throughout the U. S. Army.
After serving for over twenty-eight years in the United States Army, upon his retirement in 1990 he was advanced on the retired list to the rank of Brigadier General and presented with the army’s highest award for service, the Distinguished Service Medal. While on active duty he held a variety of troop command and staff positions in the 82nd Airborne and 1st Cavalry divisions before joining the permanent faculty at West Point. His other military awards and decorations include two awards of the Purple Heart for combat wounds, two Bronze Stars for valor, the Bronze Star for service, the Distinguished Flying Cross for valor, the Silver Star for valor, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge. He was also an Army Ranger and a senior parachutist.
Dr. Rajendra S. Sisodia is Professor of Marketing at Bentley University, and was previously Trustee Professor of Marketing and the Founding Director of the Center for Marketing Technology. An electrical engineer from BITS, Pilani (India), Dr. Sisodia has an MBA in Marketing from the Bajaj Institute of Management Studies in Bombay, and a Ph. D. in Marketing & Business Policy from Columbia University, where he was the Booz Allen Hamilton Fellow. In 2003, he was cited as one of “50 Leading Marketing Thinkers” and named to the “Guru Gallery” by the UK-based Chartered Institute of Marketing (the largest marketing association in the world). In 2007, he was honored with the Award for Excellence in Scholarship by Bentley University. In 2008, he received the Bentley University Innovation in Teaching Award. Dr. Sisodia’s book The Rule of Three: How Competition Shapes Markets (with Jag Sheth) was published by the Free Press division of Simon & Schuster in 2002, and has been translated into German, Italian, Polish, Japanese and Chinese. It was the subject of a seven part television series by CNBC Asia, and was a finalist for the 2004 Best Marketing Book Award from the American Marketing Association. His book Firms of Endearment: How World Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose (with David Wolfe and Jag Sheth, Wharton School Publishing, 2007) has been translated into six languages and was named one of the best business books of 2007 by several organizations, including Amazon.com. Other recent books include Tectonic Shift: The Geoeconomic Realignment of Globalizing Markets (with Jagdish N. Sheth, Sage Publications, 2006) and Does Marketing Need Reform? (co-edited with Jagdish N. Sheth, M.E. Sharpe, 2006). His forthcoming book is The 4As of Marketing (with Jagdish N. Sheth).
Melissa Stockwell was the first female amputee from Operation Iraqi Freedom and the first Iraqi War Veteran to qualify for the Paralympics.
In 2002, Melissa graduated from the University of Colorado and was commissioned as an Army Second Lieutenant in the United States Army?s transportation corps. In March 2004, she deployed with the 1st Cavalry Division to Baghdad, Iraq. On April 13, 2004, she was on a routine convoy when her HUMVEE was hit by a roadside bomb. The blast resulted in the amputation of her left leg above the knee. After spending a year at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and undergoing multiple surgeries and rehabilitation, she was medically retired from the Army. For her courageous service, she was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.
Following her retirement from the Army, athletics become a way of life for Melissa. She has completed multiple triathlons and marathons on an arm crank bike, learned to ski, and become a competitive swimmer. In April of 2008, Melissa became the first Iraqi War Veteran to qualify for the Paralympics when she earned her spot on the U.S. Swim Team. In the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, she represented the U.S. in the 100 freestyle, 400 freestyle and the 100 butterfly. She was also selected to carry the American flag in the Beijing closing ceremonies.
Melissa has completed the prosthetic practitioner program at Century College in Minnesota where she has learned to fit other amputees with artificial limbs. Melissa lives in Chicago, Illinois with her husband Dick, where she is currently completing a residency program to become a certified prosthetist.