The Marine Corps Leadership Seminar came to Arizona State
University, Sept. 11, 2015.
The Seminar was an event
supporting Marine Week Phoenix, which aims to connect the Corps with
the people of the greater Phoenix area.
A team completes a leadership exercise during a Marine Corps Leadership Seminar at Arizona State University at Tempe, Ariz., Sept. 11, 2015. The seminar was an event supporting Marine Week Phoenix, which aims to connect the Corps with the people of Arizona. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin Boling)
“Gen. Joeseph Dunford, while serving as the assistant
commandant of the Marine Corps, tasked me to create a
program to speak to universities,” said Dr. Kenneth D. Dunn,
the director of the seminar and retired Marine Corps
colonel. “The mission is to educate universities about the
Marine Corps by sharing Marine Corps leadership principles
with students and key influencers around campus.”
seminar has visited 35 schools sharing leadership with more
than 800 students and 1,100 influencers, such as teachers,
coaches and members of the local community.
leadership seminar goes back to the design of this
universities charter,” said Navy Capt. Steven Borden (Ret),
the director of the Pat Tillman Veterans Center.“ Our
military community is important and their inclusion is
important to the University.”
Some topics discussed
included: Defining leadership, decision making, command
presence, leading subordinates, communication and the
importance of delegation.
“This type of information
is invaluable to students.” Borden said. “The sharing of
this knowledge leads to the success of all, who make up or
Participants were split into teams to
conduct leadership and team building challenges. The
challenges allowed teams to use concepts they learned in the
Capt. Jordan Harris, a Marine Corps Leadership Seminar instructor, speaks to two Marine Corps veterans during a seminar at Arizona State University at Tempe, Ariz., Sept. 11, 2015. The seminar was an event supporting Marine Week Phoenix, which aims to connect the Corps with the people of Arizona. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin Boling)
“The leadership seminar is like planting seeds and the fruit it
bears are meaningful relationships,” said Col. Mark Hollahan, branch
head of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Branch, USMC Manpower and
Reserve Affairs.“ Those who attend learn valuable skills and we get
to educate them about the Marine Corps.”
The guest speaker
was ASU alumni and Marine Corps Leader, Brig. Gen. Daniel Yoo, the
commanding general of 1st Marine Division.
“It has been 30
years since I left ASU,” Yoo said. “It was the foundation of my
Yoo spoke of the two things he learned at the
university, which led to success: The importance of education, which
led him to constantly seek self-improvement through both military
and academic education, and that initiative is critical to maximize
“My [officer selection officer] was a very
inspiring person,” Yoo said. “He told me when I was conflicted about
joining or pursuing a graduate degree, higher education is
important, but learning leadership and gaining experience is
“Something about Marine Corps leadership really
sets you apart.”
Leadership is the strength of the Corps.
Marine Week Phoenix helps people understand all of the capabilities
these leaders can bring to the fight.
By U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Justin Boling
The U.S. Marines
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