Upcoming Events

Scheduled Events Offered by the Center for the 2022-23 Academic Year:


For the health and safety of all in attendance, we also request that if you are feeling sick or have any symptoms of COVID or influenza, you follow the CDC recommendation of remaining at home.

Please direct inquiries about our events to Lt. Col. Kim Connolly, Assistant Director for Conferences and Programs at connollykv@vmi.edu or (540)464-7361

2022-23 Virtual Offerings: 

  • VMI Leader Journey podcast

  • Virtual Leadership Engagement Programming (VLEP) our social media will feature posts on focus sub-themes to promote awareness, engagement, and dialogue on our Center's annual theme of “The Courage of Convictions” and the annual Leadership and Ethics Conference

To partake, connect with the CLE: Facebook  Twitter   Instagram  YouTube  LinkedIn

  • The Courage of Convictions Focus Topics:
    • Courageous followership
    • Civil discourse
    • Critical thinking
    • Intelligent disobedience
    • Building trust
    • Establishing a culture of candor
    • Psychological flexibility

In-Person 2022-23 Conference Schedule:

  • Oct. 31- Nov. 1, 2022: 13th Annual Leadership & Ethics Conference — Principled Dissent: Navigating Moral Challenges
  • Feb. 23-24, 2023: Commonwealth Cyber Fusion
  • March 28-30, 2023: 33rd Annual Environment Virginia Symposium

Courageous Leadership Speakers Series

During the spring term, featured "courageous leaders" come to post to engage with cadets, staff, and faculty providing their personal insights.  These speaker events are also open to the general public.

Their role as influencers helps support our mission of enhancing the leadership development journey of the VMI community and raising the profile of the Institute to a broader, national audience.  

2022-2023 Courageous Leadership Speaker Series Events

February 1,2023, 7:45 p.m. Shaquem Griffin made history as the NFL’s first-ever one-handed player. 

March 1, 2023, 7:45 p.m. —Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Scott Mann is a former U.S. Army Green Beret, and author of "Operation Pineapple Express."

April 12, 2023, 7:45 p.m —  Amber Smith, author of "Danger Close". She served in the 101st Airborne in Iraq and Afghanistan, was an air mission commander of an OH-58 Delta Kiowa Warrior.


Recent speakers in this engaging event series have included:

Videos of previous speakers from this series can be found on the CLE's YouTube channel