Panetta leadership seminar will be virtual again – Monterey Herald


SEASIDE >> For the second year in a row, the annual leadership seminar organized by the Panetta Institute for Public Policy will be virtual.

The seminar, which runs Monday through Friday this week, brings together student leaders from California universities to learn about leadership principles, strategies and practices to become more effective leaders and to encourage them to pursue a life of public service. Now in its 22nd year, the seminar has traditionally brought leaders to the Panetta Institute at CSU Monterey Bay to listen to presentations from experts and leaders in various fields.

Last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the seminar was hosted by web conference, connecting the 25 student body leaders with nationally recognized speakers. With COVID-19 regulations still evolving, the decision was made to keep this year’s seminar virtual.

“Our recent national student survey,” Institute President Leon E. Panetta said in a press release, “made it clear that although they have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis, they have a renewed optimism about the nation’s future and their own ability to positively impact change. We want to foster that enthusiasm and expose these young people to the kinds of lessons and experiences that can shape their current work into as student leaders and inspire a lifelong interest in public service.

Here are some of the presentations students will hear this week:

  • “Leadership in Education: Developing and Providing Lifelong Learning Skills” with former UC System President Janet Napolitano
  • “Leadership in Competitive Sports: Building Character and Belief,” with former NFL players Chris Dalman and Ron Johnson
  • “Developing Leadership: Beginning with Grass Roots” with Mel Mason, Executive Director of the Village Project and Regina Mason, President of the NAACP, Monterey Bay Chapter
  • “Media Leadership: Journalism as Civic Leadership” with Carla Marinucci, Senior Editor Politico California Playbook
  • “Leadership in the Judicial Branch: Delivering equal justice under the law” with former California Supreme Court Justice Ming W. Chin
  • “Business leadership:
  • “Leadership in National Security” with the former Chief of Staff of the Central Intelligence Agency and the Ministry of Defense Jeremy Bash
  • “Leadership in Congress: Forging consensus and building coalitions” with representative Joshua Gotthiemer (D-NJ), Leon Panetta and moderated by representative Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley)
  • “Putting the Principles of Leadership into Practice” with Leon Panetta

“Through this program, student leaders are encouraged to view leadership from different perspectives and approaches,” Panetta Institute CEO and President Sylvia Panetta said in a press release. “We teach them that leadership should be an essential part of their careers and their responsibilities as participants in our democracy.


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