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The 3rd Annual McDonald Cadet Leadership Conference will be held 16 - 19 April 2015 on the grounds of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

This year our theme is: Cross-Cultural Competence



For top undergraduate student leaders from diverse backgrounds to participate in a team-based, experiential and analytical exercise that bolsters leadership skills, fosters critical thinking and collaboration, and develops potential strategies for addressing pressing global issues.

The McDonald Cadet Leadership Conference invites renowned speakers and analytical, visionary student-leaders: 40 from across the United States, 20 international students, as well as cadet participants. The conference will unite emerging global leaders with preeminent world leaders in a partnership struggling with the most pressing issues worldwide.


Participation is by invitation only. The faculty of 30 select colleges and universities world-wide will be invited to nominate and select their top 2 undergraduate candidates to attend and participate as fellows. There will be 84 student participants (fellows) that will work in twelve teams, each with one mentor (senior fellow) to guide their discussions and leadership development within each area.

Check back for a list of schools invited to send students to this year's conference.


Senior Fellows Confirmed   

  • Mr. Bob McDonald, MCLC founder and host, current US Secretary of Veterans Affairs and retired CEO of P&G ​​​
  • ​President Ernesto Zedillo, former President of Mexico​
  • Mr. Xiao An Ji, Chairman of the Board of Hainan Minzu Tech Investment Co, Ltd., Beijing Hualian Group, and Beijing Hualian Group Investment Holding Co., Ltd.
  • ​Sir John Hood, President and CEO of the Robertson Foundation, Chairman of the Rhodes Trust, Former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford
  • Mr. Bekele Gelata, Secretary General Emeritus of the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
  • Mr. Justin Yifu Lin, Senior VP of the World Bank, Founder/Director of the China Center for Economic Research
  • ​Ms. Moono Mupotolo, Division Manager of Regional Integration and Trade of the African Development Bank​​​
  • Mr. Tom Tierney, Co-Founder & CEO of the Bridgespan Group, former Chief Executive of Bain & Company
  • ​Ms. Ndidi Nwuneli, Founder of LEAP Africa and co-founder of AACE Foods (Nigeria)​​
  • Mr. Ho Kwon Ping, Executive Chair of Banyan Tree Holdings (Singapore)
  • Mr. Blake Mycoskie, Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS​​