13th Annual HIGHER Ground
Women's Leadership Conference
Friday, November 1, 2019
Greater Richmond Convention Center
403 North 3rd Street
As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of The VCU Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, we seek to build upon the success of our work by reflecting on the leadership of individuals, organizations, and communities over the past 20 years and anticipating their leadership needs for the next 20 years. This year’s theme, Building Bridges Together: Past, Present, and Future, invites us to explore how historical and contemporary experiences provide us with opportunities for new leadership insights for the future.
Recent years have been marred by tensions between the past and present, individually and collectively, and have required deep reflection on past acts, accounts, and accolades. The legacy of our historical actions and inactions continue to affect the present and how we understand the future. For many, history provides the richness of how we are seen and defines who we are today. For others, history is fraught with contradictions and inconsistencies with who we believe ourselves to be in the present. If our future is, in fact, a result of our interpretation and execution of experiences in the present, looking forward to 2039, What would reflection of our leadership past reveal about our present-day leadership? What would these reflections foretell about our leadership in the future?
This year, we aim to identify and promote opportunities that create strong partnerships and collaborations across people, time, and space by bringing together the latest in leadership practice with a shared desire to sustain interest in furthering our knowledge and understanding of leadership.