On February 12, 60 NOVA students, 15 Orange County (VA) High School students, key leaders from the United States Marine Corps (USMC), a retired colonel, four instructors from Quantico and Dam Neck, as well as guest speaker Colonel Mark R. Hollahan, branch head of USMC headquarters, came together to share and learn key attributes and processes of the USMC and its leadership training.
The leadership training came about as a result of a gathering at the National Association of Public Administration and a chat between Business Department head Miguel Corrigan and Dr. Kenneth Dunn, Marine Corps Leadership Seminar director. The morning portion of the workshop included breakout sessions that highlighted leadership challenges and how organizational roles develop within groups both small and large.
After breakout sessions, participants came together for an ethical leadership case study, which focused on how to use the right personnel assets for the tasks at hand. Following the case study, participants gathered for lunch and to break bread informally. After lunch, Hollahan, the keynote speaker, talked about the importance of leadership as a unifying position and one from which it is important to look to all resources. He said, “As a leader, be sure to inspire others. Sometimes, the quiet bystanders are absorbing information and can provide very valuable insight.”
At the end of the day, one NOVA student remarked about what she had learned from the workshop, “An effective leader must be a good communicator and at ease with decision-making.”
Thanks to Corrigan and Campus and Community Relations Specialist Tatyana Schum for making this event happen for students and community members alike.