Leading Across Differences: Young Global Leaders Travel to Ohio

New York, N.Y. For two days, April 5th-6th, 2019, the J. Luce Foundation and its Young Global Leaders took part in the 10th annual McDonough Leadership Conference at Marietta College, located in the heart of the Mid-Ohio Valley in Southeast Ohio. Over 300 participants from 25 institutions came to participate in a series of panel on various topics surrounding the main theme “Leading Across Differences.” The conference brings an array of topics related to diversity and inclusion for effective leadership within organizations and across societies.

J. Luce Foundation’s executive team and Young Global Leaders at
the 10th McDonough Leadership Conference at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio.
Photo: The Stewardship Report.

The J. Luce Foundation participates in the McDonough Leadership Conference every spring for the last four years. This year, we brought 14 members from 10 different countries – our largest and most diverse group ever – to present on the J. Luce Leadership Experience Indonesia (Facebook) in summer 2018. Two students from The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio and two students from the Caribbean Maritime University (C.M.U.) in Kingston, Jamaica also traveled to Marietta to join us.

57358226_1690552631089379_7434305930851778560_nThis year, we brought 14 members from 10 different countries – our largest and
most diverse group ever. Photo: The Stewardship Report.

“I must say this year’s conference gave me the chance to meet some absolutely wonderful people whose friendships I would like to cherish for a life time,” Stephen Holt shared. “I got the chance to share my culture with them and they in turn shared theirs with me, it was never a dull moment around you guys, and I can’t wait to see you guys again and to take part in any future plans or events.”

57317220_1690552461089396_8818932588841271296_nJamaica meets China in Marietta, Ohio: C.M.U. Luce Scholar Oshane Richards
of Jamaica with College of Wooster Luce Leader Martin Li of China.
Photo: The Stewardship Report.

Our C.M.U. Luce Scholar Oshane Richards of Jamaica reflected on his two days at the conference, sharing how the conference offered a great avenue for personal development and allowed students like him to rethink the definition of leadership.

Leadership for many is seen as a platform to impose thoughts and will power on others to achieve a desired goal. For some the term is associated with power, wealth and great stature but for others leadership is the passion that is driven from past experiences. It’s the tool used to break cultural barriers and sexual discrimination, it is the tool used to enhance lives while imparting knowledge that can be used to achieve a desired goal

Photo: The Stewardship Report.

Oshane was particularly impressed with a presentation given by Paul Worstell, the retired President of PRO-TEC Coating Company.

Mr. Worstell said something that really resonated with me, “The best firefighters are actual arsonists. Leading with fear whilst expecting others to return the desired result will never happen, while dictating the morale and productivity of your employees, partners and friends will reach to a dilapidated state; burning efficiency and effectiveness like an arsonist.” As individuals we should practice kindness and respect with a focus on excellence in order to become better versions of ourselves, we have much more influence than we think.

57066193_1690553714422604_6928772685086326784_nA delegation from the J. Luce Foundation’s partner, The Caribbean Maritime Univ.
of Kingston, Jamaica, attended the conference. Photo: The Stewardship Report.

“What fascinates me the most is not only the lectures but also the students that I have made connections with during the two-day conference,” College of Wooster Luce Leader Martin Li noted. “It was a pleasure for me to immerse myself in this enriching environment where everyone was there to share their stories that has positively impacted and motivated them to become leaders in their respective communities.”


This year, the Foundation’s Young Global Leaders presented on its annual Leadership Experiences with an emphasis on international development field work. Three Young Global Leaders who traveled to Indonesia last summer shared their views and lessons learned from the Experience and what it means by leading across differences.

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As an Indonesian native, Niwa Dwitama gave a brief introduction about his
home country
 to the audience. Niwa is a Master of International Affairs candidate
at Columbia University.
Photo: The Stewardship Report.

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56971092_1690552437756065_1039033175373774848_nJ. Luce Foundation Young Global Leaders Tenzin Tseyang (Tibet)
and Lina Escobar (Colombia). Photo: The Stewardship Report.

56931804_1690552561089386_5079492464738304000_nDr. Bill Bauer, a professor at Marietta College, joined us for dinner.
Bill serves as V.P. of the J. Luce Foundation’s Board of Directors and attended
Marietta High School with Jim Luce. Photo: The Stewardship Report.

The next J. Luce Leadership Experience will be to Jamaica this coming June, where 36 Young Global Leaders from around the world will be on the campus of the Caribbean Maritime University for the Red Ribbon-Cutting of the J. Luce Leadership Centre (Facebook). Applications and scholarships are available by writing chloe@lucefoundation.org.

See Also:
Reflection on Leadership from Marietta’s McDonough Conference

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Niwa Dwitama
Niwa R. Dwitama is enrolled in the SIPA program working on a Master's in Interantional Affairs at Columbia University in New York. He holds a B.Sc. from Universitas Indonesia (UI) and has studied at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. He has been nominated to the Board of Directors of Orphans International Worldwide and the J. Luce Foundation.

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