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U.S. Naval Academy Conferences

Every year, the McDonough Center is invited to send students to Annapolis, Maryland, to participate in two conferences organized by the United States Naval Academy. If you are a McDonough Scholar and would like to be considered for one of these conferences, please contact Dr. Gama Perruci ( for more information. You must be a sophomore, junior, or senior to be considered.
USNA Leadership Conference 2011
According to the conference web site, the main mission of this conference is “to bring together the best minds in the practice and study of leadership to exchange ideas, experiences and methodologies with both military and civilian students.”

2016 USNA Leadership Conference (January 24-27, 2016)

Click HERE to learn more about the 2016 McDonough Delegation

2014 USNA Leadership Conference (January 26-29, 2014)

Theme: “Followership: The Evolution of a Leader"


  • Joel Kaplan (Former White House Chief of Staff; Current VP for Policy at Facebook)
  • The Honorable Richard B. Cheney (46th Vice President of the United States of America)
  • General John Allen (USMC Ret., Former Commander US Forces Afghanistan)

McDonough Delegates:

  • Ryan Turnewitsch (Cohort 25, Biochemistry Major, Leadership Studies Minor)
  • Eileen Walsh (Cohort 26, Psychology Major, Leadership Studies Minor)
  • Gene Neill (Cohort 26, Human Resource Management and Organizational Communications/Public Relations Majors, Leadership Studies Minor)


According to the conference web site, this event "brings together more than 150 undergraduate students from the United States and over a dozen foreign countries every year for three days of critical discussions, lectures, informal exchanges, and social events."

2014 Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (April 8-9, 2014)

Theme: “Human Security in the Information Age"


  • Opening address: David Kramer, CEO of Freedom House
  • Forrestal Lecture: President Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States
  • Keynote address: Ambassador John Negroponte, former Deputy Secretary of State
  • Keynote address: General Michael Hayden, USAF (Ret.) former Director of the CIA

McDonough Delegate:

  • CJ Englert (Cohort 24; Political Science Major; Leadership Studies Certificate)

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