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National Character & Leadership Symposium

Schedule of Events

(All times MST, all sessions virtual. Session times are subject to change.)

Feb. 24, 2021
1:00-1:30 pm Cadet Wing Kick-Off: Gen Brown, Jr. (USAFA only)
Feb. 25, 2021
8:30-8:45 am NCLS Opening Ceremony: Lt Gen Clark
9:00-9:45 am Class of ’59 Leadership Keynote Lecture: SEAC (Ret) Troxell
10:00-11:00 am Dr. Lewis
Col (Ret) Barrett
MSgt Parks
Ms. Allison
12:45-1:30 pm COL (Ret) Van Arsdale
Mr. Scott
Dr. MacAulay
1:45-2:30 pm COL (Ret) Van Arsdale Blackhawk Down Q&A
Character Development Workshop: Grit & Resiliency with Dr. Stoddard
Dr. Lewis Round Table
SEAC (Ret) Troxell Workshop
Ms. Allison Round Table
Mr. Scott & MSgt Parks Panel & Round Table
Dr. MacAulay Mindfulness Workshop
12 OAY Deep Dives (concurrent sessions)
Warrior Workout led by MAJ (Ret) Skelton
3:30-4:45 pm Virtual Speaker Socials
5:00-6:00 pm Class of ’73 John and Lyn Muse Keynote Lecture: Ms. Hewson
Feb. 26, 2021
8:00-9:00 am Falcon Foundation Bud Breckner Keynote Lecture: GEN (Ret) McChrystal
Col (Ret) Halfhill
Ms. Tori Jan
9:25-10:25 am Character Development Workshop: Emotional Intelligence with Dr. Hooper
Character Development Workshop: Mastering Habits with Dr. Dickman
Col Halfhill Leadership Workshop
Ms. Tori Jan Round Table
Character Development Workshop: Leader of Character with Mr. Wright
GEN (Ret) McChrystal Reflection Room (speaker not available)
Character Development Workshop: Grit & Resiliency with Dr. Stoddard
Breaking Down Barriers Panel
Warrior Wellness Hour
10:50-11:50 am Class of ’77 Mr. & Mrs. Enix Heritage Keynote Lecture: Mr. Luttrell
CMSgt Case
Dr. Weeks
MAJ (Ret) Skelton
1:00-2:00 pm Class of ’93 Keynote Lecture: 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year Panel
Lt Col Ruttenber
Dr. Sharp Landdeck
Maj Wise
Ms. Polson
1:00-2:45 pm Student Consortium (visiting students, cadet delegates, and speakers only)
2:15-3:15 pm CMSAF Bass
Mr. Holiday
Character Development Workshop: The Science of Happiness with Dr. Dickman
Dr. Landdeck & Lt Col Ruttenber: The Role of Leaders & Policy in Building Warrior Ethos
Lone Survivor Reflection Room (speaker not available)
Ms. Polson Round Table
Character Development Workshop: Leader of Character with Mr. Wright
Warrior Workout (HIIT)
12 OAY Reflection Room led by USAFA Command Chief, CMSgt Sparks
HIIT Warrior Workout
3:30-4:00 pm Class of ’74 Wakin Award
Challenge Ceremony: Gen Raymond
Symposium Concludes

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