The Jefferson Scholars Foundation hosts a series of enrichment events during the academic year which include opportunities to hear from prominent professionals, faculty and alumni. Past speakers have included former astronaut Kathryn C. Thornton, noted civil rights historian Julian Bond, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Rita Dove, former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger, and Archaeology faculty member Jeffrey Hantman. Each event provides an opportunity for scholars to engage with exceptional leaders from various fields in intimate settings.
Recent enrichment speakers:
- David Lane President and CEO of the One Campaign joined Jefferson Scholars for a conversation about global citizenship and social entrepreneurship. David graduated from U.Va. in 1982 and worked for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation before taking on his role at One.
- Brady Lum, Jefferson Scholar alumnus (Class of 1989), spoke to Jefferson Scholars and Fellows about his personal leadership and community-building methods as President and Chief Operating Officer of Special Olympics, International. As President and Chief Operating Officer, Brady provides strategic direction and day-to-day leadership for Special Olympics. Prior to joining Special Olympics in May 2008, Lum spent 15 years at The Coca-Cola Company, serving in a variety of senior management positions.
- Fields Wicker-Miurin, U.Va. alumna and co-founder of Leaders’ Quest spoke to Jefferson Scholars in November 2010. After introducing them to Leaders’ Quest, an organization that brings together leaders from around the world to learn about key trends in their regions, and to explore their role as leaders she addressed the need to improve the quality and impact of leadership worldwide by discovering leaders in unique, local settings and connecting them with one another. Wicker-Miurin is also a director of CDC Group, a UK development finance institution, and Savills, an international property advisory company. She frequently speaks and writes about 21st-century leadership issues, and is a Governor of King’s College London.
- The Honorable J. Harvie Wilkinson III.(U.Va. Law ’72) spoke to scholars over lunch. He shared personal anecdotes and advice for facing failure and success. He served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, an experience about which he wrote a book. His clerkship was followed by five years as an Associate professor at U.Va. School of Law, and three years working as an editor for Norfolk’s The Virginian-Pilot. In 1982, he was given a position in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He was then nominated by Ronald Regan and confirmed by the Senate as a Judge to the Fourth Circuit in 1984 and served as chief judge on that court from 1996-2003. He has been mentioned as a possible Supreme Court nominee on more than one occasion, and has had e a Jefferson Scholar Alumnus as one of his 4 clerks.
- Richard Dawkins, world-renowned evolutionary biologist and sociologist, spoke about his book The God Delusion and challenged scholars to a question-and-answer session before brunch. Dawkins is the Charles Simonyi Professor of Public Understanding of Science at Oxford.
- Patricia Sellers, U.Va. alumna and Editor at Large of Fortune, has written some of Fortune’s most talked-about cover stories and she has also profiled former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, Morgan Stanley chairman John Mack, and countless CEOs. Pattie co-chairs the annual Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, the preeminent gathering of women leaders in business, philanthropy, government, academia, and the arts. She started at Fortune in 1984, covering the big brand companies. In Pattie’s blog, Postcards, she provides insight into the lives of super-achievers through commentary, career advice, and Guest Posts by CEOs and other leaders.