An Afternoon at Historic Mount Vernon: Celebrating 40 Years with EWG

An Afternoon at Historic Mount Vernon: Celebrating 40 Years with EWG

Executive Women in Government invites you to Celebrate 40 years of Leadership with an unforgettable afternoon at historic Mount Vernon. Come join us for a Special Luncheon and Private Tour of the George Washington Library & other rarely-seen parts of the Mount Vernon Estate. Click here to learn more about the George Washington Leadership Institute

Where: George Washington Library, Mount Vernon, VA
When:   Sunday, March 22, 2015
Time:    1:00 PM – 4:00PM (add on Estate Tour starts at 11:30 AM)

See below for event agenda.

Cost:

$125 ~ Exclusive Luncheon, Leadership Lecture, and Library Tour with the Director
$150 – With additional 11:30 AM Estate Tour

11:30 am — Saving Mount Vernon: The Leadership of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association

When Mount Vernon was falling into ruin in the mid-1850s, a courageous group of women came to its rescue. Through their heroic efforts, the estate stayed safe and even welcomed visitors as Civil War battles raged nearby. During this one-hour tour, learn about the heroics of the estate’s early caretakers and admire the results of their remarkable preservation efforts. Guests will also have the opportunity to visit the basement and other rarely-seen parts of the estate.

1:00 pm — Lunch in the beautiful Washington Library

1:30 pm — Defining the Leadership of President George Washington (Rubenstein Leadership Hall)

Dr. Douglas Bradburn, Founding Director of The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, will lead a lecture and discussion on the leadership, life, and legacy of George Washington. Dr. Bradburn is a well-known scholar of early American history.  He is the author of two books, and numerous articles and book chapters with a specialty in the history of the American founding and the early history of the Chesapeake.  Before coming to Mount Vernon, Bradburn served as a professor of history and director of graduate studies at Binghamton University, State University of New York. He received the SUNY Chancellor’s award for excellence in teaching in 2010.   A native of Virginia, Bradburn earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago and his B.A. in history and economics from the University of Virginia.

2:45 pm — Tour of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington

Dr. Bradburn will lead guests on an exclusive private tour of the Washington Library.  The tour will include access to the Rare Books & Manuscripts suite with a viewing of original Washington family and Mount Vernon Ladies Association documents.

4:00 pm — Depart

George Washington Leadership Institute at Mount Vernon (Overview)

The Institute is a comprehensive curriculum that seamlessly integrates classroom instruction, on and off estate experiences, and historical interpretation that strives to teach the significant lessons of George Washington’s life, leadership, and legacy.  The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington is becoming a world leader in combining the traditional missions of museums and presidential libraries with innovative new programming that focuses on 18th century lessons for 21st century issues. Washington’s life still reflects the epitome of American leadership and character. He is relevant to each new generation because the most prominent character traits demonstrated by Washington – strong moral values, undaunted courage, solid and consistent judgment, unabashed patriotism, and his complete commitment to what is best for his country – never go out of style. His actions defined civility during an uncivil period, as he showed how one person’s example and deeds can make an enormous difference. Washington was our first national hero, and his leadership was once our nation’s greatest resource. His personal traits should be studied, celebrated, and emulated as timeless hallmarks of conduct.

This highly effective experiential learning program will provide leadership lessons within the context of Washington’s era.  Through the use of case studies, discussions, and exploratory activities, participants will be able to translate these lessons into current practical applications. Washington’s story provides a wide spectrum of timeless leadership examples that today’s leaders can relate and use to improve their own performance.  These lessons in leadership include:

Being a leader with vision
Being a honest leader
Demonstrating ambition
Being a courageous leader
Leading with self-control
Learning from one’s mistakes
Exercising good judgment
Not being afraid to take risks
Developing a strong work ethic
Knowing the value of presentation and appearance
Taking personal responsibility
Leading with humility