Tarleton’s Texan Battalion Senior Army Reserve Officer Training Corps will welcome two guests to its next installment of the semi-annual ROTC Leadership Symposium on Wednesday, which will focus on public service.
The Leadership Symposium, set to begin at 3 p.m. inside the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center theatre, is free and open to the public.
Guest panelists include Mrs. Welba Dorsey, docent and program presenter for the Bell County Museum and Daughters of the American Revolution Museum in Washington, D.C., and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Stephen Speakes, president and CEO of Kalmar RT Center, LLC and president of the Alamo Chapter of the Association of the US Army.
A native of Copperas Cove, Dorsey attended Tarleton and graduated from Texas Christian University in 1969 with a degree in elementary education. She currently works with the Bell County Museum and DAR Museum in the nation’s capital. She is a past regent for the Mary Isham Keith DAR Chapter in Fort Worth, vice chair of genealogical records for the Texas State Chapter of the DAR and is a member of the DAR House Committee in Washington, D.C.
Speakes retired following a 35-year career with the U.S. Army, concluding his service as the Army’s deputy chief of staff for programs, G8. In that role, Speakes was responsible for the development of the Army’s $140 billion annual strategic plan, as well as its modernization and financial strategy six years into the future. Speakes was USAA’s executive vice president for enterprise strategy and planning group. As a volunteer in the San Antonio community, he is president of the local chapter of the AUSA and also serves on the board of the Returning Heroes Home, a charitable organization that supports the families and healing veterans undergoing long-term treatment at San Antonio’s military medical center.
The symposium exposes students and others the opportunity to various leadership styles and methods, motivational strategies, employee expectations and personal traits. The panel discussion will be moderated by Lt. Col. Jason Vranes, professor of military science at Tarleton.
The symposium is sponsored by Tarleton ROTC, the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, and the Division of Advancement and External Relations.