Harvey Leadership Institute

February's Leadership Fellow of the Month: Ongelique M. Sherman

February 28, 2013 · No Comments

By Whitney Johnson

The William R. Harvey Leadership Institute has selected February’s Leadership Fellow of the Month – Ongelique M. Sherman, a junior finance major from Atlanta, Ga.  As the founder of her very own business, ONGIEMARIES, Sherman has used her talents to touch the lives of others in her hometown, as well as on the campus of Hampton University. 

At the age of nine, Sherman was diagnosed with Lymphoma, a type of blood cancer.  During the summer of her freshman year of high school, Sherman learned how to create purses at a summer cancer camp.  Once her peers began to show interest and purchase her products, her mom helped her realize that this could actually be a business.  Sherman later decided to donate 5% of her sales to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in hopes of finding a cure for cancer.

“Everyone’s life has been affected by cancer whether it is personally or through a family member or friend.  So, I believe people can kind of relate and appreciate what I am doing,” Sherman said.

According to Sherman, the products of ONGIEMARIES vary in size and design.  Customers can personalize the item that they choose with things that best describe them or things they like.  The audience of her product ranges from high schoolers to college kids, but also includes a few customers above and below that target.

As a member of the Greer Dawson Wilson Student Leadership Program and the Gamma Theta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., she still manages to continue to enhance her overall image.  It is obvious to see that she serves as a living testimony of how a person can transform his/her trials into triumph.  In the words of Sherman, God does not put more on your plate than you can handle.  You can make it through any situation.  You just have to have faith and never give up. 




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January's Leadership Fellow of the Month: William Seth Martin

January 31, 2013 · No Comments


By Whitney Johnson

The William R. Harvey Leadership Institute has decided to take a new initiative in highlighting the accomplishments of its students.  Every month, a leadership fellow will be chosen as the “Leadership Fellow of the Month” for his/her outstanding acts on campus and in the local community.  This month, the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute would like to commend William Seth Martin for his ideal leadership.

William Seth Martin, a sophomore broadcast journalism major and leadership studies minor from Little Rock, Ark., has shown a great deal of phenomenal leadership.  Martin currently serves as the Chair of LEAD – an organization formed to assist in relief efforts across the world.  He also holds the position of the president of Chapel Assistants at the Hampton University Chapel. 

“I've served with numerous organizations that helped to beautify the community as well as helping to educate young students in the community. My preaching ministry has also been a huge part of my contribution to the community,” said Martin.

The fact that Martin considers himself blessed helps to serve as a motivator. “My motivation is the bible. God not only equips me with the necessary tools I need to accomplish tasks, but also provides me with the motivation to do so. I'm motivated because I'm seeking to please him,” stated Martin.

Martin has had a tremendous impact in the lives of others because his passion and morals are shown through his leadership.  His advice to his classmates and peers is to think of others before themselves because it’s the right thing to do.  Also, stay humble!

“William Seth Martin exemplifies the ideals that we expect of students in the Leadership Institute.  He is conscientious, thoughtful, humble and concerned about others.  I congratulate him in this honor and expect that he will have many more,” added Professor Battinto Batts. 






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L.E.A.D. Follows Obama's Call for Commitment in Communities

December 13, 2012 · No Comments

 The L.E.A.D. committee working to gather items for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

By Whitney Johnson


Hurricane Sandy severely affected areas along the east coast. Since New York was one of the states with the most damage, a few leadership fellows took the initiative to travel to the city and lend a helping hand on December 7-9. The students collected clothes, toys, and donations to take to New York so that they could make a difference in the lives of those in need. L.E.A.D, a new organization within the leadership institute formed under the advisement of Professor Rick Jarvis, made this hurricane relief project their first contribution to society. L.E.A.D stands for Leaders Educating and Developing.

The students left the campus of Hampton University on Friday around midnight and returned on Sunday. According to Da’Quan Marcell Love, a junior political science major and leadership studies minor from Henrico County, VA, L.E.A.D helped to rebuild communities and provide Mount Carmel Baptist Church with clothes, toys, and essential items for their congregation in Far Rockaway, NY. When all the hard work was complete, they made a little time to tour the city and sightsee. 

"The most important thing is that the L.E.A.D committee banded together trying to help people who really need help. President Obama commented in his victory speech about being a positive influence within the community; that’s the kind of motivation that we have. He said we are our brother’s keepers, so we went up there with that attitude and worked hard and made other people’s lives better. It touched the students in a way that they will never forget and that’s important," said Jarvis.

Seth Martin, a sophomore broadcast journalism and leadership studies minor from Little Rock, Arkansas, serves as the head chair for L.E.A.D.  When asked how he felt about the trip, Martin said, "It was our honor to assist those who are still in need.  Our hearts were filled with joy as we helped those in need.  We didn't just take the people food and clothes, we also gave them hope.  We were thankful we could help and we will continue to lend a helping Hampton hand and encourage all Hamptonians to do the same."

"I am extremely proud that the Leadership Institute has taken an active role in assisting people affected by Hurricane Sandy,” said Battinto L. Batts Jr., director of the Leadership Institute.  "Our students are trained to put their skills to use in the service of others. This was the perfect opportunity for these leaders to see the impact they can have."

        L.E.A.D. members smile for a photo while lending a Hampton hand in New York.

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Leadership Fellow Morgan Grayned Shines Brightly in LA

December 06, 2012 · No Comments


The William R. Harvey Leadership Institute consists of multi-faceted students who are always involved in numerous significant activities. One of our fellows, Morgan Marie Grayned, is a sophomore 5-year Master’s of Business Administration major and Leadership Studies minor from Atlanta, Georgia. She is active in the Terpsichorean Dance Company and the NBMBAA. 

The weekend of November 30, 2012 Morgan  had the honor of attending BET’s 34th Annual Event, UNCF’s An Evening of the Stars. General Motors sent Morgan to Pasadena, California for the “time of her life.” She was able to thank those who made large strides in raising money for the United Negro College Fund and General Motors, she was also able to network with an array of successful business people, including celebrities who inspired her tremendously, and celebrate her hard work which led to her award. 

Morgan was awarded General Motors Buick Achievers Scholarship during her senior year of high school. This is a STEM-based renewable scholarship of up to $25,000, available to high school seniors and current undergraduate students. Morgan says that she is, “grateful for the scholarship because it means absolutely no financial worries.” She also says, “That it is imperative that minority students take advantage of these opportunities because higher education is a necessity.” Morgan encourages that college students continue to search for funding; “they are out there.”


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16th Annual Student Leadership Summit

November 26, 2012 · No Comments

Lieutenant Colonel Anthony M. Perkins stops to capture a photo with sophomores of the leadership institute.

By Whitney Johnson

The Hampton University 16th Annual Student Leadership Summit was held at the Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel on Friday, November 16, 2012 through Sunday, November 18, 2012; it was hosted by the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute.  This leadership summit provided high school seniors and potential Hamptonians with a better understanding of the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute, Hampton University, and the university’s emphasis on leadership. 

The days began with sessions that provided the participants with essential information to grow and develop as leaders.  In addition, a banquet was held at the conclusion of both Friday and Saturday’s events.  On Friday night, Lieutenant Colonel Anthony M. Perkins spoke to the high school students and sophomore class of the leadership institute.  Because of his outstanding leadership, he was capable of using his experiences to illustrate good leadership.  “You need good and bad mentors to help you know what to have and not have in your leadership,” said Perkins.  Perkins also told the students that many good leaders are exceptional followers as a result of watching someone else lead.

Several more sessions were held to assist in the development of the students’ leadership skills and mentalities on the following days.  The speaker for Saturday night’s banquet was Maurice Jones, Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the student leadership summit’s events came to an end on Sunday at noon.


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Leadership Institute Fellows Engage in Executive Leadership Summit

November 26, 2012 · No Comments

Leadership Institute fellows discuss community service ideas in groups.    

By Whitney Johnson        

The 12th Annual Hampton University Executive Leadership Summit began on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 and lasted until Friday, November 9, 2012; it was held on the campus of Hampton University.  The summit’s objectives included, but were not limited to, examining leadership issues confronted by college presidents and other executives, creating relationships with executive leaders and those who are aiming for top positions, and creating networks among those who hold top positions at universities and colleges.  Dr. William R. Harvey, the president of Hampton University, presented the basic principles of the William R. Harvey Executive Leadership Model at the opening session.  Furthermore, throughout the summit, the participants underwent eight sessions of leadership training to enhance their leadership skills and mentalities.

On Thursday, the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute was very fortunate to be able to experience the Executive Leadership Summit.  These students participated in the opening session, as well as three individual sessions that followed.  Ms. Bessie Sherman, the Minority University Outreach Officer/Workforce Management for the National Park Service, informed the participants about the purpose of the National Park Service and the opportunities that it provides.  Shalanda Grier, a sophomore Biology major and Leadership Studies minor from Highpoint, NC, started interning with the National Park Service over the summer.  “I truly enjoyed and still am enjoying my experience working for the Denver Service Center, National Park Service.  I would encourage students to remain open minded and enthusiastic.  I also would encourage students to find a point of contact on campus or visit the website to stay connected,” said Grier.  Additionally, during this session, groups were formed according to the students’ assigned topics:  healthy living, economic empowerment, community stewardship, and conflict resolution.  Each group presented a variety of ideas that could be executed in a reasonable amount of time.  The Intern and Fellows Program Manager, Omar Eaton-Martinez, introduced the National Museum of American History internship program as well.  His topic focused on jobs and internship opportunities at Smithsonian. 

The next two sessions were actually held in the leadership institute.  The two speakers were both Presidents and CEOs of flourishing businesses.  Senator Kenneth C. Alexander is the President and CEO of Metropolitan Funeral Service.  He concentrated on the topics of business, entrepreneurship, public service, and leadership.  Alexander emphasized how important it is to know what hurts one’s business and what helps one’s business.  He stated that one of the first things a leader must do is know the product when asked to be a leader and be consistent with the product.  The students also learned that, as business men and women, it is always good to give time, but do not give away the product.

Representing women in leadership, Ms. Tamala M. Jones related the students to entrepreneurship, women in leadership positions, and the business of health care.  As the President and CEO of Pearl Consulting Group, LLC, she stressed the fact that “being an entrepreneur is more than not working for someone else.” Jones also stated that leaders in an organization have to understand the business.  With that being said, she encouraged all majors, especially nursing majors, to take business courses.  Moreover, Jones declared that professionalism is extremely important for black females to gain respect.  This includes being to work and meetings on time, looking and acting professional, and serving as an example.  She mentioned that respect comes through credibility then delivery.

For the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute, the executive leadership summit was very beneficial toward the future careers of its students.  They were able to learn about internship opportunities, grasp tips from leaders of successful businesses, and gain helpful information to better understand which direction to go.  In the words of our beloved president, Dr. William R. Harvey, “Leadership is the main ingredient in any organization or entity.”  Therefore, the Hampton University Executive Leadership Summit is essential for current leaders and future leaders to reach excellence in their particular fields.

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Wells Fargo Partnership

May 07, 2012 · No Comments

The William R. Harvey Leadership Institute is pleased to announce a partnership with Wells Fargo. The intent of this program is to provide mentoring and internships for Leadership Institute students in all areas of discipline.

Alexis Swann

Wells Fargo representatives attended the Leadership Institute's 2012 graduation ceremony. The graduation address was given by Ms. Alexis Swann, senior vice president for Greater Virginia for Wells Fargo.

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AAFEA Gives Scholarships

May 07, 2012 · No Comments

Three members of the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute have been selected to receive scholarships from the African American Federal Employees Association.

The students are:

Willie Wilson (Class of 2013)
Brittney Busch (Class of 2013)
Kamron Redding (Class of 2014)

Congratulations to our Leadership Institute fellows for their fine work.

The African American Federal Employees Association works to support diversity and training in the civilian sector of the federal government.

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Accepting Applications for Fall 2012

May 07, 2012 · No Comments

The William R. Harvey Leadership Institute is now accepting applications for the fall of 2012. Please download the application and submit it by July 1, 2012. Any applications postmarked after July 1 will not be considered. We cannot make exceptions to this requirement.

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