Monday, May 5, 2014

HU Leadership Institute Holds Senior Banquet

HU Leadership Institute Holds Senior Banquet

Seniors reminisce on exciting times before the ceremony begins
The HU William R. Harvey Leadership Institute celebrated their seniors with a graduation banquet that welcomed keynote speaker Isiah Reese, Microsoft’s Head Director of World Wide Marketing OEM.

Reese, who has held leadership roles for several major Fortune 500 companies, like The Walt Disney Companies, The Coca-Cola Companies, M&M Mars, and PepsiCo. to name a few, started the speech by saying, “My name is Isiah Resse and I’m just a country boy from Sumter, South Carolina."

He continued making valid points that weren’t only filled with wisdom, but were also very thought-provoking.

“Leadership is not a privilege, but an earned respect,” said Reese.

Isiah Reese & Dr. Battinto Batts, Jr. share a laugh

He also made reference to the negative connotation that failure has in the world— bringing to light that “failing is not fatal, but failing to change is.”

His speech, “Clearing the Pathways to Leadership,” left the graduating seniors, fellow Leadership students, parents, faculty, and staff in a timeless standing ovation.

The graduating students were further presented with beautiful plaques and awards by the Leadership Institute’s Dr. Battinto Batts, Jr., director, Ricardo Jarvis, professor, and Cynthia Thomas, academic coordinator.

Professor Ricardo Jarvis and senior Kiara Webb

“I think it has been abundantly clear that we want the best for each and every one of you. And though your agenda is about the change, we will continue to be here to support you,” concluded Batts.

The HU William R. Harvey Leadership Institute is sad to see their seniors go, but even more proud because they are all sure to embark on bright futures filled with promise and accomplishments.


  1. I really enjoyed speaking to this incredible group! Continued success to the program and to future students. Thanks for all of the LinkedIn request! I have given feedback on all of them. Keep up the good work at Hampton U! Go HBCUs!!!!! I will keep my eyes on the program and I will be happy to be back anytime!

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