West Point Society of Baltimore Holds Leadership Conference for High School Students

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The West Point Society of Baltimore’s Inaugural 2024 Leadership & Ethics Conference was held at the McManus Theatre, Loyola University, Maryland, on February 22. The conference, hosted by the Loyola University Military Science Department, brought together leaders from the military, business, and academic communities to discuss the importance of ethical leadership in today’s world.

West Point Society of Baltimore Leadership & Ethics Conference

The event was initiated by COL Michael R. Nelson ’86, President of the West Point Society of Baltimore, and LTC Timothy Mitroka ’04, Department Chair and Professor of Military Science at Loyola University, who sought to provide focused support to students in the greater Baltimore community who have been historically underserved. The conference was intended for Maryland high schoolers, and its aim is to enhance access to quality learning opportunities in leadership, ethics, and diversity while preparing them to face the academic and mental challenges of highly selective institutions like West Point.

Its theme, “Leading with Integrity: The Cornerstone of a Strong Community,” was explored through a variety of panel discussions, keynote speeches, engaging workshops, and Cadet-led small group vignettes on leadership & ethics. Distinguished speakers included Dr. Kelly Brown ’95, Combat Veteran; Retired CSM Perlisa Wilson, MD ARNG, first woman and first African American to serve as the Senior Enlisted Leader of the Maryland National Guard; and Dr. Kenneth Hartman, Founder/CEO of Our Community Salutes.

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