University of Vermont

UVM Army ROTC Hosts Leadership Forum with Local Defense Industry Experts

On Wednesday, October 20th, the University of Vermont’s Green Mountain Battalion invited nine members of the local defense industry to participate in a professional forum at the Silver Maple Ballroom in the Davis Center. Participating in the event were experts from General Dynamics, Revision Eyewear, Liquid Measurement Systems, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and MITRE. The forum was centered on the topic of leadership, as the panel discussed motivation, communication, and cooperation. Cadets, scholar-athletes, and community members had the opportunity to meet, ask questions and engage in personal conversations with the panel, developing ties between the UVM community and local defense firms.

While eight of the nine members of the panel had prior military service, the forum was not limited to leading soldiers. Several were UVM graduates in fields ranging from mechanical engineering to business administration. One speaker, Adam Carparelli, was a 2009 UVM graduate, serving in a leadership role for Liquid Measurement Systems. The resulting discussion highlighted the similarities between military and civilian leaders. Panel members provided the audience with advice for leading peers, overcoming personality conflicts and caring about subordinates. Passion about one’s job was a theme of the forum, as many agreed that it is the foundation of quality leadership.

Army ROTC trains college students to become successful leaders. ROTC graduates take away confidence, resiliency, and a solid foundation of management as they transition into the labor force. Through practical exercises and classroom education, Cadets develop a sense of camaraderie, while learning the fundamentals of values, ethics, and morals. The Green Mountain Battalion continues to strive for excellence and provide opportunities for leadership education in the community.