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.