Leader in Residence Program
The Leader in Residence program brings a current or former leader, member of the military or civilian, to VMI for a residency of ten days. During this time the Leader in Residence interacts with cadets, faculty and staff in a variety of settings including in the classroom, in barracks and during athletic activities such as club sports.
By facilitating exchanges with a variety of leaders, the Leader in Residence program provides members of VMI's community the opportunity to test their understanding of leadership concepts, explore how these concepts have been used in practice and investigate the broad range of challenges faced by leaders today.
2015: Brigadier General (ret) Rebecca S. Halstead
Retired Brigadier General Rebecca Halstead, now CEO of her own consulting group STEADFAST Leadership, served 27 years in the U.S. Army.
Ms. Halstead is a 1981 graduate of the United States Military Academy and achieved an historic milestone as the first female graduate of West Point to be promoted to General Officer. Following 27 years of service in the U.S. Army and one year as the Executive Director for Leader Development with Praevius Group, Inc., Ms. Halstead founded her own leader consultancy company, STEADFAST Leadership. Ms. Halstead has over 15 years in executive-level leadership and specializes in inspirational and motivational speaking, developing leader training programs, leader coaching and mentoring. She authored her first book on leadership, 24/7: The First Person You Must Lead Is YOU.
Ms. Halstead provides an authentic, useful perspective on leadership. She is known for providing her audiences with tools for success which are immediately implementable. She has years of executive-level leadership and logistics experience, developing and training high-performing, complex and diverse teams. She has a proven record of leading change, building successful teams in demanding environments (Afghanistan, Iraq, Germany and South America), and creating innovative solutions, systems and programs to complex problems. Ms. Halstead’s clients include Proctor & Gamble, Mercedes-Benz, CitiBank, Stanford Graduate School of Business and more. Her visit will take place March 8-13.
2014: Mr. Ed Walker
February 24 - 28, 2014
March 24 - 28, 2014
Ed Walker is an entrepreneur, lawyer, and educator dividing his time between Virginia, Boston, and New York City. He is the founder and CEO of Commonwealth Capital Partners LLC, CityWorks LLC, PlaceMakerNation and several other for-profit and non-profit organizations.
His work seeks to strengthen the citizenry and their communities through interdisciplinary collaboration involving social entrepreneurship & investment, arts & design, food & drink, outdoors & recreation, new media & knowledge, and good government including politics, policy and citizenship. In addition to his focus on the US, he explores opportunities in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
In 2002, Walker began redeveloping Kirk Avenue in Roanoke, Virginia. In less than a decade he bought and renovated more than a dozen underused historic buildings. In 2011 Walker founded CityWorks(X)po in Roanoke, now an annual multi-disciplinary idea exchange and festival conference focused on big ideas for better communities.
He attended the University of St Andrews in Scotland, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Washington and Lee University School of Law. In 2012/13 he served as a Loeb Fellow at Harvard and as the Gleitsman Visiting Practitioner at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership. In 2013/14 he will serve as a Senior Fellow at the Center and as an Adjunct Professor at Washington & Lee’s School of Law.
2013: Mr. Christopher Gergen
March 25 - 26, 2013
April 8 - 9, 2013
April 15 - 16, 2013
Mr. Gergen is CEO of Forward Impact, which holds as its mission to unleash the impact potential of next generation entrepreneurial leaders. Forward Impact also helps schools, universities, and communities develop transformational entrepreneurial leadership experiences with partners such as the Center for Creative Leadership, where Gergen is Innovator in Residence.
Other partners include Leadership exCHANGE, a global leadership and social entrepreneurship program in four countries, and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, for which Gergen serves as Chair of the national social entrepreneurship advisory board. This work complements his role as adjunct professor and fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Mr. Gergen received a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Duke University, a master’s degree in public policy from the George Washington University, and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University.
2012: Capt. Perry F. “Pete” Van Hooser, U.S. Navy (ret.)
April 16 - 20, 2012
April - 2 May 2, 2012
Capt. Van Hooser began his military career as a graduate of Virginia Military Institute (1971), having served as the Regimental Commander of the Corps of Cadets. His initial commission was in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served as an infantry officer up to the company level, and as the Officer in Charge of the 3rd Division’s Amphibious Raid and Counter-Guerilla Warfare School.
He moved from the Marine Corps to the Navy in 1982, ultimately to become a Navy SEAL. His final assignment before retiring from the Navy in 2012 was as Commander, Naval Special Warfare Development Group.
2011: Mr. Craig Mullaney
February 3 - 10, 2011
Mr. Craig M. Mullaney was appointed Senior Advisor at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in April, 2010. In that capacity, he advised USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah on all issues related to Afghanistan and Pakistan. He previously served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as the Principal Director for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia Policy and as the Chief of Staff for the Department of Defense Transition Team.
In 2003, Mullaney led an infantry rifle platoon along the hostile border between Afghanistan and Pakistan with the 10th Mountain Division as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. His platoon operated along the entire spectrum of military operations from humanitarian assistance with the first Provincial Reconstruction Team established in Afghanistan to combat engagements against Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Following his return to the United States, Mullaney joined the elite 3rd Infantry Regiment, “The Old Guard,” in Arlington, Virginia, responsible for Arlington National Cemetery burials, the Tomb of the Unknowns, and defense of the National Capital Region.
Mullaney graduated second in his class from the United States Military Academy. After completing Ranger School, he continued to the University of Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship and earned two masters degrees in diplomatic and economic history. Mr. Mullaney is the author of "The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education."
2010: Lt. Col. Greg Gadson, U.S. Army
March 22 - 27, 2010
April 12 - 16, 2010
Lt. Col. Greg Gadson has experienced the very worst of war, but he has not been defeated by unfortunate circumstance; rather his life is a portrait of courage in the face of great adversity.
A standout football player at Indian River High School and West Point, this decorated Army commander knows well the role that hard work and determination can play in overcoming life’s challenges.
Lt. Col. Gadson served as the very first VMI-CLE Leader in Residence.