Special Event 2023

Ethical Leadership Forum featuring Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray, Dr. Karambu Ringera & Logan Thompson

Fri Oct 27, 2023
10:45 AM - 1:30 PM
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Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder and the Vail Symposium are proud to co-present the plenary session at the 2023 Ethical Leadership Forum!

The Ethical Leadership Forum is a collaborative event that brings together emerging and experienced leaders across sectors—education, non-profit, business, government, philanthropy, media, and more—to learn, share and grow their unique and interconnected ways of advancing ethical leadership.

Ticket options include the Full Day Program with Breakfast & Lunch ($85), the Full Day Program without meals ($65), or a Livestream option ($15 – only includes the plenary session). All proceeds benefit Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder and Vail Symposium.

The plenary session from 10:45-11:45AM MT on Friday, October 27th features TED-style talks by three accomplished leaders from different sectors exploring ethical leadership in government and international relations, international NGOs, higher education and the Fortune 500. The lunch to follow will be in the “Jeffersonian” style (diverse groups with topical prompts). The presenters are:

  • Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray served Presidents Obama and Trump as ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu after nearly three decades in foreign service around the world including Egypt, Australia, Togo, Papua New Guinea, Germany, Mali, The Philippines, and Morocco. She recently retired after three years as the Director of Global Education at the University of Colorado in order to return to State Department service.
  • Dr. Karambu Ringera was born and raised in Kenya and is the Founder and President of the International Peace Initiatives. She is a visionary, an activist, a compassionate, committed, formidable force for change, and an inspiration to all who meet her.
  • Logan Thompson is a Leadership Architect for the Potential Project uniquely informed by his broad scope of experience including consulting for McKinsey with the Fortune 500, living at a meditation center, serving as an adjunct professor, and authoring a book about mindfulness and mental performance.

The full day pass includes the 7:45-8:30AM “Education in Panama Post-COVID,” the 8:30-9:15AM “International Service: A Win-Win for Rotary Club and their Partners,” and the 9:30-10:30AM “Better Business Through Ethical Leadership” sessions.

Click here to learn more about the entire Ethical Leadership Forum and click here to learn more about Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder. To view the details for October 27th and to purchase your ticket, click the blue Tickets button above to the right and below.

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Dr. Karambu Ringera

Dr. Karambu Ringera

Founder & President

International Peace Initiatives

Logan Thompson

Logan Thompson

Leadership Architect

Potential Project

Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray

Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray

Ambassador (retired) | Diplomat

US Department of State