Leadership Speaks

Since 1997, this lecture series has brought to campus individuals who are recognized as world-class leaders in their field of endeavor. This special program, endowed by The Coca-Cola Foundation, provides an opportunity for the nation’s most renowned public leaders and leadership experts to share their experiences and insights on contemporary leadership issues and the challenges likely to confront tomorrow’s leaders. Currently, plans are underway for the sixteenth lecture to be held in spring 2011.

Helene D. Gayle

Dr. Helene D. Gayle
Philanthropic Leadership
October 28, 2008

Eric Shinseki

General (Ret.) Eric K. Shinseki
Leading Competent Organizations
October 11, 2006

David Gergen

Mr. David Gergen
The Leadership Record: Eyewitness to Power
November 4, 2005

Shirley Jackson

Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson
Ethical Leadership for the 21st Century:
Science, Technology & Public Policy Development
April 21, 2005

Derrick Bell

Attorney Derrick Bell
The Ethical Dilemma in Affirmative Action Status
October 5, 2004

Michael Eric Dyson

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
Why We Can’t Wait: The Need for Ethical Leadership
October 20, 2003

Tavis Smiley

Mr. Tavis Smiley
The State of Black Leadership: Ethical Issues and Challenges
April 11, 2003

Douglass Daft

Mr. Douglas N. Daft
Ethical Leadership in Global Corporate Organizations: Issues and Challenges
October 8, 2002

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot

Dr. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot
Respect: A Challenge to Ethical Leadership
April 2, 2002

James Joseph

Ambassador James Joseph
Ethics and Leadership: The Challenge of Globalization
October 2, 2001

Preston King

Dr. Preston King
The Decline of Friendship in Modernity: Issues and Challenges for Ethical Leadership
April 3, 2001

Ruth Simmons

Dr. Ruth J. Simmons
Ethical Leadership in Higher Education: Issues and Challenges
October 3, 2000

Jesse Jackson

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
Leadership Strategies for International Diplomacy and Negotiation
October 25, 1999

James MacGregor Burns

James MacGregor Burns and Georgia L. Sorenson
Presidential Leadership: Public Values vs. Private Virtues
April 12, 1999

Warren Buffet

Warren E. Buffet
February 19, 1997

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Whatever you do, strive to do it so well that no man living and no man dead, and no man yet to be born can do it any better."

Benjamin Elijah Mays

"A Dream is the bearer of a new possibility, the enlarged horizon, the great hope."

Howard Thurman

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

"It is not what you keep, but what you give that makes you happy."

Benjamin Elijah Mays

"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."

Howard Thurman

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

"As we face the unpredictable future, have faith that man and God will assist us all the way."

Benjamin Elijah Mays

"At the core of life is a hard purposefulness, a determination to live."

Howard Thurman

"Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation. No individual or nation can be great if it does not have a concern for the least of these."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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