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Leadership for a Changing World: The 2020 Holmes Leadership Symposium

On February 27, 2020, the Jerry Holmes Leadership Program held its third biennial Holmes Leadership Symposium. Organized around the theme “Leadership for a Changing World," the symposium explored diversity in leadership and the role of leaders in building inclusive cultures, meaningful relationships, high-performing teams, and successful organizations. Over 250 students and professionals participated in the day-long event. The symposium was underwritten by premier sponsors BP and Northrop Grumman, session sponsor Shell, and JHLP annual sponsors Boeing, Gen. Jerry Holmes, Bill Kennedy, and Ben and Laura Lopez.
Dr. Robin Minthorn (University of Washington Tacoma) delivered the lunchtime plenary address, “Centering an Indigenous Leadership Perspective." A citizen of the Kiowa tribe of Oklahoma and a descendant of the Umatilla/Nez Perce/Apache and Assiniboine Nations, Dr. Minthorn took the audience through her personal journey, an inspiring story of perseverance, achievement, a…
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