Student Leadership Conference
Commentator, editor, teacher, public servant, best-selling author and adviser to presidents—for 30 years, David Gergen has been an active participant in American national life. He served as director of communications for President Reagan and held positions in the administrations of Presidents Nixon and Ford. In 1993, he put his country before politics when he agreed to first serve as counselor to President Clinton on both foreign policy and domestic affairs, then as special international adviser to the president and to Secretary of State Warren Christopher.
David Gergen is a professor of public service and the director of the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is also editor-at-large at U.S. News & World Report. Mr. Gergen also regularly serves as an analyst on various news shows, and he is a frequent lecturer at venues around the world. In the fall of 2000 he published a best-selling book titled, Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton.
In the past, Mr. Gergen has served in the White House as an adviser to four Presidents: Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton. Most recently, he served for 18 months in the Clinton administration, first as Counselor to the President and then as Special Adviser to the President and the Secretary of State. He returned to private life in January 1995.
From 1984 to 1993, Mr. Gergen worked mostly as a journalist. For some two-and-a-half years, he was editor of U.S. News. Working with the owner and editor-in-chief Mortimer Zuckerman and a revived staff, he helped to guide the magazine to record gains in circulation and advertising. During that period, he also teamed up with Mark Shields for political commentary every Friday night for five years on the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. The two were a popular political team and won numerous accolades for their political coverage.
A native of Durham, North Carolina, Mr. Gergen is an honors graduate of Yale University (A.B., 1963) and the Harvard Law School (LL.B., 1967). He is a member of the D.C. bar. In addition, Mr. Gergen served for three-and-a-half years in the U.S. Navy, where he was posted for about two years to a ship home-ported in Japan.
Mr. Gergen is active on many non-profit boards and is Chairman of the National Selection Committee for the Ford Foundation's program on Innovations in American Government. He frequently lectures here in the United States and overseas and holds fifteen honorary degrees.
Mr. Gergen has been married since 1967 to Anne Gergen of England. She is a family therapist and they live in Cambridge, Mass. They have two children, Christopher and Katherine.
Dr. Howard Prince is the Loyd Hackler Endowed Chairholder in Ethical Leadership and the Director of the Center for Ethical Leadership in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Prince is a 1962 honor graduate of West Point who also holds a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from American University and a Ph.D in psychology from UT Austin. Additionally, he is an Olmstead Scholar who studied at the University of Bonn in Germany, a Distinguished Fellow of the APA, and a graduate of the US Army's War College.
At three very different institutions of American higher education, the United States Military Academy, the University of Richmond, and the University of Texas at Austin, Howard Prince has been the focal leader in developing groundbreaking programs of leadership education and leadership development. At West Point, Howard was the founding chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, now a premier department at West Point. At The University of Richmond, Howard was the founding Dean of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, the world's first undergraduate degree granting program in leadership. And at UT Austin, Howard Prince, as director of the CEL is playing a central role in UT's efforts to develop ethical leaders for Texas and beyond.
After over 28 years of service in the United States Army, Howard Prince was advanced to the grade of Brigadier General and presented the Distinguished Service Medal. His other military awards and decorations include the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Bronze Stars for valor, the Bronze Star for service, two awards of the Purple Heart for Combat wounds sustained in the Viet Nam War, the Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist's Badge, Expert Infantryman's Badge, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.
More recently, in 2006 Howard Prince was named a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, the highest honor given to a graduate of the United States Military Academy. In the comprehensive and laudatory narrative explaining Howard Prince's life work in developing ethical leaders for the nation, the nominating committee gave Howard Prince a high compliment by referring to him as a national treasure.
From her dorm room at Princeton University, Wendy Kopp created a plan for a new national corps called Teach For America that would build the movement to end educational inequity by enlisting her generation's most promising future leaders—outstanding recent graduates of all academic majors and career interests—in teaching for two years in the nation's neediest urban and rural public schools. After graduating, Kopp made her plan a reality. Working with a group of other recent college graduates, she founded the corps in 1989. Since then, she has served as president of Teach For America, which currently fields 3,000 corps members and involves 7,500 alumni who exert continuing leadership in educational and social reform.
In her book, One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way (Public Affairs, 2001), Kopp describes how she created and built Teach For America as well as her thoughts about what it will take to realize Teach For America's vision that one day, all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.
In 2003, Kopp was appointed to the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation and to the Advisory Board of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
Kopp holds honorary doctorate degrees from Pace University (2004), Mercy College (2004), Smith College (2001), Princeton University (2000), Connecticut College (1995), and Drew University (1995). Kopp is the youngest person and the first woman to receive Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson Award (1993), the highest honor the school confers on its undergraduate alumni. In December 1994, Time Magazine recognized her as one of the forty most promising leaders under 40. In addition, Kopp has received Child magazine's Children's Champion Award (2003), the Clinton Center Award for Leadership and National Service (2003), the Schwab Foundation's Outstanding Social Entrepreneur Award (2003), Aetna's Voice of Conscience Award (1994), the Citizen Activist Award from the Gleitsman Foundation (1994), the Jefferson Award for Public Service (1991), and the Kilby Young Innovator Award (1991).
Kopp holds a bachelor's degree from Princeton University, where she participated in the undergraduate program of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She resides in New York City with her husband Richard Barth and their three sons, Benjamin, Francis, and Haddon.
Gill Robinson Hickman
Dr. Hickman's career has involved administrative and academic appointments. Her expertise is in management, with an underpinning of organizational behavior and human resource management. As a member of the faculty of the Jepson School, Dr. Hickman participated in the early structuring and formation of the program, a role for which her background as Dean in the School of Health at California State University, acting associate dean in the School of Community and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University and Professor of Public Administration had prepared her.
In the classroom, she focuses on leading change, leadership in organizations and leadership in a diverse society.
She is engaged in research in several areas including leadership in socially active businesses, invisible leadership and leadership during personal crisis. Her research in the business sector focuses on companies that are meeting the challenge of balancing change, profitability, and social action, and, therefore, can help practitioners and scholars learn more about how "leadership" functions in this business context In the course of studying how individuals in leadership roles handle personal crisis, Dr. Hickman has interviewed government and business leaders about crises ranging from work-family conflicts to personal illness and the death of a loved one.
She has worked on projects for regional governments in South Africa at the University of the Western Cape, taught at the prestigious Salzburg Seminar in Austria and was a founding partner in a small California retail business. As a consultant in the public and private sector, Dr. Hickman is sought after for her work in organizational leadership and change as well as transforming leadership and human resources management. She is a board member of the International Leadership Association and member of several other professional, scholarly and community organizations. Dr. Hickman is the recipient of several awards including the University of Richmond Distinguished Educator Award.
Celia Sandys, daughter of Sir Winston Churchill's eldest daughter Diana, is a respected authority on Churchill with a well established reputation as an expert on the life of her grandfather. She is a sought after Churchillian guest speaker and has lectured in America, Britain, Canada, Japan and South Africa. Celia has appeared many times on television, recently in USA on C-Span, on Hardball, the Charlie Rose Show and on numerous TV documentaries about Churchill. She is the author of five books, trustee of the Churchill Centre and founder of Churchill Leadership Inc.
Celia travelled with her grandfather as a teenager and has met many of the political leaders that worked with him. In 2003, as part of the research for her book Chasing Churchill, she retraced many of Churchill's worldwide political and private travels meeting with people who recall Churchill. A combination of travel, art and history, it is currently being filmed as a major television series. Her book CHURCHILL has been adopted as the official book of the Churchill museum in London and is the accompaniment to the major ITV/PBS serial for which Celia was the series consultant.
In the aftermath of September 11th, 2001, Celia was inundated with letters from the leaders of the day. They all held a central message; that it was to the words and inspiration of her grandfather that they had turned to for strength and guidance when faced with the leadership challenges presented by this unprecedented trauma. "Your grandfather was a great source of inspiration and strength to me following the tragic events of September 11th" - Rudy Giuliani.
The full significance of Churchill, already heralded as the greatest leader of the 20th century was brought to the forefront. As Celia commented, "After 911 it was as if Churchill literally stepped out of the history books and back on to the international stage." and as a result Celia was inspired to write her book, We Shall Not Fail...the Inspiring Leadership of Winston Churchill.