Leadership conference features Buzz Aldrin, other notables at LBJ School of Public Affairs

AUSTIN, Texas—Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, former Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey, and pop celebrity Ananda Lewis will take part in a three-day student leadership conference hosted by the Center for Ethical Leadership at the LBJ School of Public Affairs Feb. 20-23.

The conference aims to consciously cultivate a new crop of young leaders by bringing together educators and students with experienced leaders from diverse backgrounds who can share their insights.

Almost 200 undergraduates and a handful of high school students handpicked from across Texas and Mexico will engage in an intensive leadership training program that features a combination of speakers, small-group workshops, and social events.

“Leadership is a highly complex form of human behavior that requires the integration of knowledge and experience,” said Howard Prince, director of the LBJ School’s Center for Ethical Leadership. “This conference will contribute to the development of future leaders, not just to the science of leadership.”

In addition to Aldrin, McCaffrey and Lewis, the conference lineup includes former U.S. Senator Max Cleland and Margaret Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science.

Aldrin’s address will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 in the LBJ Auditorium in the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Wheatley will speak in the LBJ Auditorium at 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 22. With the exception of these two speaking engagements, attendance to this conference is by invitation only.

The principal sponsor of the conference is the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation of Dallas.

For more information contact: Megan Scarborough, LBJ School of Public Affairs, 512-471-8954.