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Bethlehem, Pa., December 6, 2011—Retired Brigadier General Rebecca “Becky” Halstead will visit Moravian College on Tuesday, December 6 to conduct a staff workshop for administrators and an interactive leadership workshop for students. The media is invited to cover the workshop with students from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Haupert Union Building.
Halstead, who served 27 years in the U.S. Army, became the first woman in U.S. history to command troops in combat at the strategic level, and has since founded her own leader consultant company, STEADFAST Leadership.
After serving together in the Army, Julie Del Giorno, Moravian’s chief of staff, and Halstead became friends, and it was Del Giorno who invited Halstead to campus to share her years of experience in leadership positions with both students and administrators. “Part of being a good leader is being a good person,” said Del Giorno, who calls Halstead “a truly genuine woman.”
The student workshop is set to have 30-40 student participants who were nominated by faculty and staff. Del Giorno accepts a variety of student attendees: students who are already leaders on campus, students who are about to assume a leadership position, and students who have the qualities of potential leaders. Halstead’s task: to inspire the group to lead no matter what walk of life they are in their careers as students.
Halstead honorably retired from the army in 2008 as a General Officer, and just two years prior, she hit the culmination of her career when she became the first woman to serve as the Chief of Ordnance Center and Schools, an honor that is equivalent to becoming the president of a university. Halstead was put in charge of the second largest branch in the army with over 100,000 members in the Ordnance Corps.
She is on the Board of Directors for the West Point Association for Graduates, and is a member of the Board of Advisors for Eagle Systems and Services, Board of Advisors for Principal Solar, Board of Advisors for Prevail Health Solutions, and Board of Advisors for Academy Women. Halstead is an active spokeswoman for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress and is a recipient of the 2007 National Women’s History Project award for “Generations of Women Moving History Forward. This year, she was published by Harvard Business School for her Leadership Case Study.
Del Giorno says Halstead’s successful career in leadership positions and her ability to relate to others makes her highly suited for leading such a workshop of talented students. She is more than a woman who has found success in a difficult profession, “She is a woman role model for both men and women.”
The student workshop runs from 1-2:30 pm in the UBC room in the Haupert Union Building which is located on the Main Street Campus.
Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates needing any type accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided should contact Kathi Roman at Katro@moravian.edu or 610 625-7880.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.