The CLIMB speaker seminars are designed to explore different leadership topics and how they impact organizations. Guest speakers share their views and experiences from various business, community and academic backgrounds. The seminars occur each semester and are open to the greater university and surrounding communities.
After graduating from the Naval Academy, Knight Campbell excelled in flight school, learning to pay attention to detail, manage fear, and confront risk with his team. Choosing to fly the mighty SH60, he led Sailors on three deployments.
Knight then went back to the Naval Academy earning Masters degrees in leadership from UMD and the Naval War College. More importantly he had the honor of leading over 700 Midshipmen. From tackling 24-hour crucible events alongside his people to teaching advanced leadership theory at the collegiate level, he left the tour with a burning passion for helping people reach their fullest potential as leaders.
In 2006, he and his wife Leonie decided to climb the high point in every state- only 10 left now! They found deep passion for the experience of climbing mountains. Seeing the limits of teaching leadership in a classroom, Knight knew outdoor adventure would be a perfect place for leaders to challenge themselves and thrive. He started teaching rock climbing, hiking, and mountain biking for REI Outdoor School, and then he did a 30-day expedition in Alaska with NOLS to become an instructor there as well.
Seeing the need for experiential leadership development, he completed an Executive Leadership Coaching Certificate at Georgetown University. Knight created Cairn Leadership to combine his passion for the journey in leadership and adventures in the wild. Now he guides leaders to the tops of the mountains you see on everyone else's websites!
Fall 2018, Vicki Mealer-Burke, Chief Diversity Officer, Qualcomm:Leadership Strategies for Diversity and Inclusion
Spring 2018, Ed Jenks, CEO, Growth Strategist, Executive Coach, Turn Around Specialist, and Author: Leading the Next Generation: Strategies that Work
Fall 2017, Bill Wilson, CEO Wilson Creek Winery:Leading a Family Business
February 2017, Malin Burnham: A Conversation with Malin Bunrham
October 2016, Shannon Jordan, MA and Christy Cassisa, JD: Mindful Leadership