Leadership Lessons Learned: Finding Our Way on the Heels of Failure

The 2022-23 Jepson Leadership Forum focuses on past and present failures in leadership and followership by shining a spotlight on times where we could – and should – have done better.

We invite scholars, experts, and activists to reflect on what went wrong in the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, climate change, the U.S. COVID-19 response, historical memory and racism, and higher education crises—and how to do better going forward.

2022–23 Jepson Leadership Forum Speakers

Alice Dreger

Oct. 24 • 7 p.m. • Queally Center for Admission and Career Services
Free Speech and Open Inquiry in Higher Education 
Alice Dreger 
Journalist, historian, and author of "Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science," a New York Times Book Review editors' choice

Seth Moulton

Nov. 30 • 7 p.m. • Queally Center for Admission and Career Services
U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan
Congressman Seth Moulton
U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., former Marine Corps captain 

Rhianna Gunn-Wright

Jan. 19 • 7 p.m. • Queally Center for Admission and Career Services
Climate Change
Rhiana Gunn-Wright
Director of Climate Policy, Roosevelt Institute

Alex Tabarrok

Feb. 15 • 7 p.m. • Queally Center for Admission and Career Services
U.S. COVID-19 Response

Alex Tabarrok
Bartley J. Madden Chair in Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and professor of economics at George Mason University

Clint Smith

Sept. 14 • 7 p.m. • Queally Center for Admission and Career Services Historical Memory and Racism
Clint Smith
Staff writer at The Atlantic and author of New York Times best-selling book "How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America"