Leadership through Civic Engagement with Gary Flowers on April 15

The discussion is part of the Leader-in-Residence Program by the Jepson School.

When: Noon April 15

Where: Rosenbaum Room, Jepson Alumni Center

Reservation (required): https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e94maxhc43b0e0c7&oseq=&c=&ch=

Leader-in-Residence Program

Since its founding, the Jepson School has invited local, state and national leaders to play an active role in the Jepson community as leaders-in-residence. This program allows students to interact with leaders in formal and informal settings. Each year’s program is tailored to the individual’s priorities and interests.

Usually the honoree offers students multiple opportunities for learning and networking. Students have observed courtroom proceedings, shadowed a mayor through a day’s activities and enjoyed a back-stage view of the performing life. The leader-in-residence may also participate in classroom settings, lead discussions, give lectures or host presentations. After a civic leader or scholar spends time interacting with Jepson faculty and students over a semester or year-long partnership, the relationship continues on an informal basis.

Spring 2014 Leader-in-Residence

Gary L. FlowersGary L. Flowers is a leader in civil rights issues and public policy formation.

He is the former executive director and CEO of Black Leadership Forum Inc., an alliance of national African-American civil rights and service organizations. He was national field director and vice president of programs and public policy for the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition from 1997 – 2007. In 1999, Rainbow PUSH selected him as “National Employee of the Year.”

He also has served as special assistant to former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, executive director of the Old Dominion Bar Association and as a public policy analyst at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan, nonprofit civil rights organization founded in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy. In higher education, he has been a teaching fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics and a CLEO Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center.

His awards include the 1994 Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law’s Contribution to Democracy in South Africa Award and the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s 2008 Black Press Champion Award. University of Virginia gave him its 2001 Walter Ridley National Outstanding Alumni award.

He is a weekly columnist for the National Newspaper Publishers Association and regularly appears on television and radio shows on CNN, CBS News, BBC, ABC News, C-SPAN, Black Entertainment Television News, BBC Radio and Black Urban Radio Network. He launched the Black Leadership Television Network in 2009.

Flowers is founder and president of Gary Flowers & Associates, a strategic consulting firm based in Richmond and Washington, D.C.