Lexa Hoffner

West Point Alumni Announce First Annual Minnesota Student Leadership and Ethics Seminar – Students and Faculty from up to 30 Minnesota High Schools Can Attend at No Charge

Plymouth, Minnesota, 18 January 2009 The West Point Society of Minnesota is proud to present the first annual Minnesota Student Leadership Seminar – an inspiring and highly interactive one day event for Minnesota High School Juniors, Sophomores and faculty members. It will be held on April 6, 2009 at the Rush Creek Golf Club in Maple Grove.  The seminar is focused on exciting the leaders of tomorrow about character and ethics and to help in the development of the next generation of leaders of our communities.

As examples of unethical behavior by people in leadership positions surfaced across the country at an alarming rate in 2008, a group of local West Point alumni strove to bring to Minnesota a program that has enjoyed great success and accolades in six other states.  In Minnesota, this program will consist of a free one day seminar for 60 students and 30 faculty members from Minnesota secondary schools.  The seminar begins with a thought provoking keynote address and is followed by small group break out sessions.  A light breakfast and lunch will be provided to all participants.  Student participants will receive a certificate and faculty participants may be eligible for continuing education credits.


The 2009 keynote address will be given by Hank Shea, Distinguished Senior Fellow, University of St. Thomas School of Law and Fellow, Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions.  Mr Shea, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, is a renowned speaker on ethics and is especially skilled at connecting with young people on this important topic. 


The student small group break out sessions will be facilitated by West Point Cadets who are trained at leading ethics discussions.  Cadets are age group peers to whom the participating students will easily relate, but at the same time, the high ethical expectations to which they are held give them the credibility to lead meaningful and impactful discussions.  The discussions will focus on relevant and realistic scenarios that challenge participants’ understanding of their personal values and candidly examine implications and outcomes.  The cadets, as peers, make the discussions fun and interesting for student participants.


Faculty will participate in a separate facilitated interactive discussion focused on developing a school environment that graduates students who understand critical thinking, moral-reasoning, and values-based decision-making – all within existing academic subjects, sports, and other extracurricular activities and therefore no additional cost to the schools.  Pat Toffler, from the Center for Leadership and Ethics, will facilitate this not-to-be missed discussion among education professionals.


Any secondary school accredited in Minnesota is invited to participate by sending two students and one faculty member.  Space is limited to the first 30 schools that register.  Schools who would like additional information about the Minnesota Student Leadership Seminar and how they can participate should contact Gus Zenker at 651-483-6690, or visit

ABOUT the West Point Society of Minnesota – The West Point Society of Minnesota is a social group for graduates of the United States Military Academy living in Minnesota. 

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