J. Luce Foundation Attends Annual McDonough Leadership Conference

New York, N.Y. In early April, Executive Staff and Young Global Leaders of The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation attended the ninth leadership conference hosted by McDonough Leadership Center of Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. The theme this year is “The Collaborative Side of Leadership.” The conference was held from April 6 to 7 and welcomed over 200 students, professors, guest speakers, and sponsors.


The J. Luce Foundation team brought five representatives on a road trip from New York City to Marietta, Ohio. We left New York City on Thursday morning, enjoyed the beautiful nature of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, stopped by a local restaurant for dinner, and arrived in Marietta, Ohio at midnight. All the member stayed at the historic Lafayette Hotel by the Ohio River during the trip.


The opening session was “The World Pac Paper Leadership Lecture Series” presented by Mr. Eric M. Ellis, President & CEO of Integrity Development Corp. His speech focused on promoting diversity and inclusion at work place as essential pillars for collaborative leadership.


In the afternoon, J. Luce Foundation Young Global Leaders joined other students in a speed networking activity where they practice networking with professionals in a variety of industries and roles. During a break, our team spent an hour discovering the beautiful campus as well as the gorgeous view of the peaceful town.

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Another insightful session was “Toward a More Mindful Grasp of Collaborative Leadership –  Engaging All Ten Fingers” by Professor Bruce Dorries of Mary Baldwin University. Professor Dorries shared this “Five Fingers Theory” which emphasizes the five components: the Leader, the Follower, the Goal, the Environment and the Culture are represented by the five finger in a hand. All need to go together in order to create a successful team.


We were pleased to see Matthew Johnson, 2015-2016 J. Luce Fellow, who was one of the speakers of the panel “The Global Leadership Perspective on Collaboration.” Matthew presented his study on “A Rawlsian Response for for the United States to the Syrian Refugee Crisis.” He is currently a senior, International Leadership Studies major at Marietta College. He will be pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Bioethics at Ohio State University this Fall.


Matthew also spoke at an introductory session on the Experience Civic Engagement and Leadership Workshop, sharing his experience joining a very well-known leadership program for students at Marietta College. In addition, we also reunited with Rylie Wahl who was also selected as 2015-2016 J. Luce Fellow. Rylie is currently a Junior, Asian Studies major at the college. We will be welcoming both Matthew and Rylie to our 2019 Young Global Leadership Initiative Graduation Ceremony this August tentatively at the Church Center of the United Nations.

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Left to right: Bix Luce (Orphans International Exec. Dir.), Rylie Wahl (J. Luce Fellow), Matthew Johnson (J. Luce Fellow), Jim Luce (Foundation President), Dr. Gama Perruci (Dean of The McDonough Leadership Center), Chloe Hoang (Foundation Exec. Dir.), and Hunter Nguyen (Foundation Young Global Leader)

We were honored to accept a check contribution of $350 to support the Bauer Fund from Mr. Carter Lang, President of Marietta College Teacher Education Association.

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The J. Luce Foundation Executive Team was invited to a special reception at President William Ruud’s home. We will be delighted to welcome President Ruud to New York City to receive our 2019 Humanitarian of The Year Award in our 19th Annual Gala tentatively at Cornell Club. We also discussed future collaboration with the Office of Off-Campus Study to have Mariettta College students join our Young Global Leaders in our Luce Leadership Experience to Jamaica in 2019.


Tthe McDonough Conference ended with a keynote closing dinner and a summary speech from Ambassador Edward O’Donnell – Senior Strategy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Diplomatic Security at the U.S. State Department.


Ambassador O’Donnell stressed the importance of leadership and elaborated his view through bright examples of past U.S. Presidents and State Officers. He ended his speech by congratulating the McDonough Center on a successful leadership conference and thanked everyone for making this happen.


On early Sunday morning, The J. Luce Foundation team headed back to New York City. It was an amazing weekend full of informative learning about collaborative leadership across sectors and opportunities to connect to people who shared our leadership values. We want to thank  J. Luce Foundation Board Members Thanh Dang, Leslie Gabriel, Nate Land, as well as Global Advisor Jeff Tendean for generous support in making this trip possible for our team. We agreed to make our 2018 Luce Leadership Experience to Indonesia this Summer a case study to present at the 10th Annual McDonough Leadership Conference next year on April 5-6, 2019.

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