2011 Seminar: June 2-5th
OUR 2009 COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT: ARTISTS AND YOUTH CREATE COMMUNITY TOGETHER
The first Kentucky leadership seminar took place in Lexington in 1979, attended by 50 Kentucky students. Today, this event has grown to include nearly 160 high school sophomores. This weekend workshop is once again being conducted at Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky. All sophomores from high schools throughout Kentucky were eligible to attend with each school selecting its own final nominee. At the conclusion of each HOBY Leadership Seminar, participants are eligible to attend the World Leadership Congress to be held in Washington DC in July 2008.
In the summer of 1958, Hugh O'Brian received the invitation that would change his life forever. At the time, O'Brian had already made a name for himself as an actor portraying the legendary lawman Wyatt Earp on television and appearing in numerous films. When he received a cable form Dr. Albert Schweitzer welcoming him to French Equatorial Africa for a visit, he did not hesitate to accept. O'Brian had long admired the German doctor - missionary - theologian - musician and within two weeks he arrived at Dr. Schweitzer's remote hospital complex in Africa. During his visit, O'brian spent his days assisting the volunteers in the hospital and his nights with Dr. Schweitzer discussing global peace and world politics. During their discussions. Dr. Schweitzer told O'Brian that he felt "The most important thing in education is to teach young people to think for themselves," which O'Brian would never forget.
After an inspiring nine days, O'Brian prepared ot return to America. Before saying goodbye, Dr. Schweitzer took O'Brian's hand and asked, "Hugh, what are you going to do with this?" It was these words combined with his unforgettable visit that compelled Hugh O'Brian to form Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY). Two weeks after returning from his 1958 visit to Africa, O'Brian put together a prototype seminar for young leaders.
From 1958 to 1967, the leadership semianrs took place in Loss Angeles for sophomores from California. In 1968 the scope of the HOBY progrma grew to include national and international participants which led to the expanded eight-day global leadership seminar called the World Leadership Congress (WLC) held annually. In an effort to include more students nationwide, three-day and four-day HOBY Leadership Seminars were instituted in 1977 in which high schools thorughout the country may nominate a sophomore to attend a HOBY seminar in their state.
Over four decades later, HOBY is still inspiring young people all over the world to develop their leadership and critical-thinking skills to achieve their highest potential. Currently, more than 8000 tenth graders representing as many high schools nationwide, attend HOBY Leadership Seminars each year. These seminars are run by over 4,000 volunteers with community leaders, business executives, educators, and parents involved in every seminar. Each seminar strives to follow the HOBY motto of teaching students "how to think, not what to think," thus ensuring that Dr. Schweitzer's hope for young people lives on.
To motivate and empower individuals to make a positive difference within our global society through understanding and action based on effective and compassionate leadership.
Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership provides lifelong leadership development opportunities that empower individuals to achieve their highest potential.
VOLUNTEERISM – Volunteerism is the heart and soul of our organization. We appreciate the myriad contributions of our volunteers, and recognize the power of thank you. We seek to promote and encourage volunteerism among our stakeholders. We recognize and value the power of good that volunteers can achieve working together.
EXCELLENCE– Excellence defines who we are and how we conduct our programs, and run our organization. We pro-actively examine our performance and strive to improve in a never-ending quest to continually raise our programs and organization to new levels of excellence. We pursue excellence with a passion in all we do.
ORGANIZATIONAL INTEGRITY - Organizational integrity forms the foundation of our organization. We demand the highest level of ethics and grow our organization based on interactions that promote mutual trust and respect with our stakeholders. We strive to ensure the highest level of organizational effectiveness by continually reviewing our programs and processes to improve quality and efficiency.
DIVERSITY– We value and embrace diversity. We seek out views that reflect all walks of life, and reflect those views in our programs. We are sensitive to the special needs and diverse backgrounds of individuals. We give all individuals an opportunity to be heard and to benefit from our programs.
INNOVATIVE THINKING - Our organization grows through innovative thinking. We are not constrained by fixed ideas. We learn from the past, but are not limited by it. We pro-actively approach challenges and opportunities with innovative thinking to develop creative solutions. We value innovative thinking that has the potential to expand our programs and better serve our stakeholders.
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP - We value community partnerships. We recognize the importance of working with our community organizations to reflect the diverse backgrounds of the individuals we seek to serve. We value the input we receive from our community partners, and strive to work together cooperatively and constructively.
LIFE-LONG LEARNING LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES - We never stop. We believe that leadership skills can and should be continually improved and refined. We provide programs and services to foster lifelong leadership learning opportunities.
It is Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership's belief that the world's greatest resource is its youth. Established by Hugh O'Brian in 1958, HOBY's mission is to seek out, recognize, and develop leadership potential commencing with high school sophomores
HOBY's format is simple: Bring together a select group of high school sophomores with demonstrated leadership potential to interact with distinguished leaders in business, education, government, and the professions. The give-and-take, question-and-answer format of each seminar panel allows these students a chance to "pick the brains" of today's leaders. Through annual leadership development seminars at the state and international levels, these tenth graders get a realistic look at what makes their countries and the world tick, thus better enabling them to make sound judgments that will affect our world as they grow into their future leadership roles.
Dawn Brockman, Leadership Seminar Chair
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Dee Fife, Corporate Board President
Ryan Vicini, Director of Staffing
Hope Ellison, Director of Recruitment/Registration