Leadership and Where It Begins

Recently we attended the 2011 Top American Leadership Forum in Washington DC’s Ford’s Theater honoring seven individuals who made outstanding contributions to the public. Jared Cohen, the head of Google’s Think/do tank said he looks at social issues from a different perspective to understand them citing his recent forum of former terrorists who had never been probed about their positions before and after leaving a movement.

In his deadplan style New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie discussed everything from his Sicilian mother to his weight, and of course politics, and reiterated the most important thing he’s learned is to tell the truth.

The other honorees included Sheila C. Bair, former Chairman of FDIC, Freeman A. Hrabowski, president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Michael M. Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas D. Kristof, columnist for the New York Times, and Ahmed Sewail, a Nobel Prize Winner in science. When asked about their family background and values all the honorees spoke about being raised in families where their education was nurtured and encouraged by their parents.

The event was an enjoyable and enlightening way to kick off the busy Christmas season. All of us at wish you and your families a happy and peaceful holiday.