Twenty-eight student body presidents and other elected officials from throughout the CSU system, Santa Clara University and Dominican University of California attended the eight-day program at the Panetta Institute for Public Policy. The objectives of the seminar are to teach young men and women about leadership principles, strategies and practices; to send them back to their campuses and communities as more effective leaders; and to encourage them to pursue lives of public service.
Cortez said, “We learned leadership principles, strategies and practices. I found it extremely beneficial because it helped me come back as a new person. I feel like I can be a more effective leader. The Panetta Institute encouraged us to pursue our futures in public service.”
The seminar included presentations by state and regional political leaders, heads of military institutions, and criminal justice, business, media and sports leaders. The participants all gave presentations on their thoughts and definition of leadership and how they planed to apply the lessons they learned to their academic, professional and political objectives.
Institute director Sylvia Panetta explained, Today’s young generation will one day lead our cities, states and our nation. They will be responsible for the future of our communities and our economy. To prepare them for this work, it is essential that they be provided with strong examples of leadership so that they can learn and develop the skills they require to be the strong leaders our democracy needs.