UH Hosts Collaborative Leadership Seminar

U.S. Navy Ensign Austin Vermillion will provide insights on leadership from the perspective of a junior officer and former enlisted member at the third Collaborative Leadership Seminar offered by the University of Houston.

Vermillion's presentation is the keynote address for the seminar, which takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Jan. 23 at the Rockwell Pavilion on the second floor of the M.D. Anderson Library.

These free, one-day seminars are designed for Houston- area high school students and are a joint effort between UH Air Force and Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) units, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, C.T. Bauer College of Business, College of Technology and the College of Education. Seven additional seminars are planned in the next year.

Lesson topics include leadership fundamentals, characteristics of an effective leader, servant leadership, planning and execution, teamwork and "followership," and lifetime leadership learning. Two case studies are provided including a NASA teambuilding exercise and an event that applies military planning principles to organizing a high school prom.

These are the only leadership seminars in the nation given by ROTC units and their host university. These innovative events directly support the University of Houston's community outreach efforts and goal of attaining top-tier status, said Col. Phil Bossert, commander of Air Force ROTC Detachment 003 and professor of Air Force studies at UH.

Vermillion is a 2008 graduate of UH, where he earned a bachelor of business administration degree in operations management with a minor in accounting. He was commissioned from the Rice University unit of Navy ROTC. Prior to attending college in Houston and ROTC, he was enlisted in the Navy for five years as a personnel specialist and capped his short enlisted career as special assistant to the commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

To attend this event, please RSVP by contacting Bossert at pbossert@uh.edu or at 713-743-3707/4932.

WHAT: UH Collaborative Leadership Seminar hosts U.S. Navy Ensign Austin Vermillion
WHY: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23
WHEN: University of Houston
Rockwell Pavilion
Houston, TX 77004
WHERE: The Houston Corps of Cadets
3855 Holman St.
Houston, TX 77004