Lexa Hoffner

Darrell Thompson, CEO of Bolder Options, and former Green Bay Packer and Golden Gopher all time rushing leader is the 2010 Minnesota Leader of Character speaking at the  Minnesota Student Leadership and Ethics Seminar

Plymouth, Minnesota, 1 March 2010 – The West Point Society of Minnesota is proud to announce that the guest speaker for the Minnesota Student Leadership Seminar will be Darrell Thompson.  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.  Guest speakers are Minnesotans who embody the message that leadership is entwined with character.

Darrell Thompson is an outstanding Minnesotan whose life on and off the football field is an example of strength and character.  His work as the CEO of Bolder Options is instrumental with matching first time juvenile offenders with adult mentors and fostering a relationship around an athletic goal.  "We teach our kids that they can sets goals for themselves and achieve them," says Thompson. "And we also show them that there are other adults who care about them and want to help them succeed."

The Minnesota Student Leadership Seminar is a free one day seminar for 90 students and 45 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 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.  Hank Shea from the St Thomas University Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions and Col(R) 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 45 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 501(c)(3) entity with membership consisting of graduates of the United States Military Academy living in Minnesota. 




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