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January 28, 2017

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Two Loyola University Maryland student-athletes joined associate athletic director David Gerrity at the prestigious U.S. Naval Academy Leadership Conference in January, joining other students for discussion and reflection on a multitude of leadership topics.

Maggie Rabenberg, a senior on the women's rowing team, and Molly Cichosz, a junior with the volleyball program, attended the conference and experienced three days of intense leadership training and exposure to the daily life of a Midshipmen.

This year's conference was presented with the theme "Forging Team Spirit: Sharing The Vision."

Since 1984, the Naval Academy has hosted an annual leadership conference for senior cadets and midshipmen from each of the service academies. In 2002, the conference expanded to include students from civilian universities and broadened its scope to include leadership topics relevant to government, business, and academia, as well as the military.

Made possible through the support of the Class of '38 and Mitch and Linda Hart, the USNA Leadership Conference now includes more than 200 participants from over 45 military and civilian colleges. In 2006, the Leadership Conference incorporated a student generated and professionally published conference report that addressed key issues related to the conference theme.

In recent years, the Leadership Conference has varied presentation formats and increased the amount of small group interaction and discussion in order to foster learning experiences among attendees.

Superb organizations are in engulfed by team spirit. Dominant military units, businesses, and sports teams are united by common vision and action. However, tapping into the maximum potential within organizations is not always easy. Superlative leaders need to be able to use the force of top-down initiatives, heat of adversity and fuel of organizational culture to not only optimize but absolutely unleash and forge the power of team spirit.




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