On Friday, Sept. 25, leadership experts from academia, business and the military will converge at the University of North Georgia's (UNG) Dahlonega Campus to provide thousands of viewers around the world with unique perspectives on how ethics play a pivotal role in their respective fields and in the lives of students and professionals.
UNG, with a mission that includes developing students into leaders for a diverse and global society, is one of only six senior military colleges in the nation and is designated as The Military College of Georgia and as a state leadership institution.
"Honor2Lead: Military Values in Business" will be simulcast to colleges, high schools, businesses, military bases, and military Reserve components, including the Georgia Army National Guard. Presenters at the event include Dr. John Maxwell, New York Times best-selling author; UNG alumnus Lt. Gen. James L. Terry, commander of Operation Inherent Resolve, which is the U.S. military intervention against ISIS; Julia Davis, chief information officer for Aflac Inc.; Jay Rogers, founder of Local Motors; and Maj. Gen. Stayce Harris, commander of the 22nd Air Force, Dobbins Air Force Base. Other special highlights include the 2015 Honor2Lead award, which will be presented to FedEx, founded by former Marine and CEO Frederick W. Smith.
"Academia, business and military are the three sectors driving leadership in our society," said Rose Procter, co-founder of Honor2Lead and director of the BB&T Center for Ethical Business Leadership, a unit of UNG's Mike Cottrell College of Business. "As a military college with a strong business and civilian presence, UNG is the perfect platform to bring these three sectors together, and this event is a perfect opportunity to deliver leadership education."
In August, UNG announced the creation of the Institute for Leadership and Strategic Studies, a cross-disciplinary organizational structure at the university to support coordination of academic, co-curricular, career placement, and leadership development programs related to UNG's Corps of Cadets.
"Our university has trained some of the top military leaders in the world, officers who have left this institution with foundations built on leadership and ethics," said retired Col. Tom Palmer, UNG's commandant of cadets. "Those officers, including Gen. Terry, can attest to the importance of those values in the military as well as how critical those values remain after transition to the civilian world. We are honored to bring these areas together to inspire the leaders of today and tomorrow."
According to the 2014 Edelman Trust Barometer, an annual global study, there has been a crisis of leadership in recent years. Procter said Honor2Lead was created with the goal of demonstrating to audiences – especially the next generations of leaders – how maintaining sound ethics in leadership positions has a profound impact throughout business and professional careers.
Honor2Lead is set for 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and viewing locations for the simulcast will be available on each UNG campus. Students, alumni, faculty, and staff of the university can register for free here. All other parties may purchase licenses to view the simulcast at www.honor2lead.com. Those who purchase licenses may also designate a high school of their choosing to receive free access to the event. Licenses provide a 10-day showing period as well as on-demand training, which will become available on Sept. 30.