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The McDonald Cadet Leadership Conference will be held October 17 - 20, 2013 on the grounds of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

This year's Keynote Speaker is Dr. Gordon Gee, President Emeritus, Ohio State University.

Mission 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

Participants ​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.
To see of a list of the schools invited to send students to this year's conference click here.


Senior Fellows & Guest Speakers
Mr. Richard Barth
President, CEO, Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) Foundation​

Karen Hughes
Worldwide Vice Chair, Burson-Marsteller​

Angela F. Braly
Former Chair, President and CEO, Wellpoint ​

Ray Jefferson
Management Consultant and Leadership Coach

Dr. Jason Clay
Senior Vice President for Market Trasformation, World Wildlife Fund​
Xiao An Ji
Chairman of the Board, Beijing Hualian Group​
Rachel Cohn
Americas Lead for Facebook's Global Partnerships Team​
LTC Jim Keene
USMA Band Commander/ Conductor​
Jerry DeFrancisco
‎President, Humanitarian Services at American Red Cross
Robert “Bob” McDonald
Retired Chairman, President, & CEO, Procter & Gamble
Ho Kwon Ping
Executive Chairman, Banyan Tree Holdings
Tjada McKenna
Deputy Coordinator for Development for Feed the Future, USAID
Dr. Gordon Gee
President Emeritus, Ohio State University​

Patrick Murphy
Former U.S. Congressman, Partner, Fox Rothschild, LLP

Dr. Chris Howard
President, Hampden-Sydney College​
President Ernesto Zedillo
Former President of Mexico and Director of the Yale Center for Globalization