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LEAD Distinguished Speaker Series

Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen speaking at the LEAD Distinguished Speaker Series.

Michael Mullen speaking at the 2016 LEAD Distinguished Speaker Series.

The department’s Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program hosts the annual LEAD Distinguished Speaker Series to bring current and former military service people to campus to discuss leadership principles. Past speakers include four-star Admiral Michelle J. Howard, NASA administrator and former astronaut Charles Bolden and former U.S. Sen. James Webb Jr.

Past LEAD Events


Department News

Dr. Nils Olsen

Dr. Nils Olsen explores some of the cognitive components related to making decisions within emergency healthcare settings

Nils Olsen explores some of the cognitive components related to making decisions within emergency healthcare settings.

Chinese-American Adoptees Negotiate Bicultural Identities

Former Communication Student, Maya Blair, featured in Communication Currents of the National Communication Association

Maya Blair and Meina Liu examine how Chinese born, American adopted individuals (re)negotiate their bicultural identities.

Dr. Tara Behrend

Dr. Behrend talks about automation and the future of work

Dr. Tara Behrend debunks some popular conceptions about how automation will impact work and the workforce.

Meredith Duffy

Communication Major, Meredith Duffy, wins intern award

After completing a 10-week internship at Educate Maine, Meredith Duffy, discovered she came in fourth place for WayUp's top 100 interns in the country this year.

Nils Olsen and Colleagues

Nils Olsen, Vanessa Perry, Linxi Zhao and colleagues present collaborative research in Paris

Interdisciplinary teams of GW scholars presented their findings on the impact of race and racism in the marketplace at an international conference.

Oral Advocacy Showcase and Competition

The five student speakers who competed in the 2018 Oral Advocacy Showcase and Competition.


Featuring GW’s top students in public speaking, the annual Oral Advocacy Showcase and Competition welcomes students, faculty, staff and university community members to watch students deliver an original persuasive speech on a contemporary issue. Competitors are nominated by their peers from each section of the Public Communication (COMM 1040) course. After a preliminary round of judging, five speakers advance to the competition where they give their speech in under nine minutes. Audience members have the opportunity to ask questions following each speech.

Past Competitions