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Leadership Week Keynote

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Being the Change You Want to See
MG Linda L. Singh, the Adjutant General, Maryland National Guard
6:30pm, McGuire Hall
FREE admission, tickets available at the box office
Free reception to follow in McGuire Atrium
Sponsored by The Office of Student Engagement and Messina

About the Event:

Former Commander of the Maryland Army National Guard and recipient of the Bronze Star Medal among many other accolades, Major General Linda L. Singh will discuss leadership lessons learned throughout her career.

MG Singh is local to Maryland and works directly with the mayor of Baltimore and Governor of Maryland and represented the National Guard during the April 2015 uprising in Baltimore. She is also a passionate advocate for addressing sexual assault and wants to create a culture shift by sharing her experiences with assault. With Loyola’s hope to help all students consider their role in our community through such movements as Conversations in Grey and Green Dot, MG Singh’s own passions and experience are a timely reflection on leadership and community.


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Major General (MD) Linda L. Singh
Adjutant General of Maryland
Major General (MD) Linda L. Singh was appointed as the 29th adjutant general of Maryland effective, January 21, 2015. The adjutant general is responsible for the daily operations of the Maryland Military Department, which includes the Maryland Army National Guard, Maryland Air National Guard, Maryland Emergency Management Agency, and Maryland Defense Force. She is a senior advisor to the governor and is responsible for the readiness, administration, and training of more than 6,700 members of the Military Department with an annual budget of more than $314 million. As the adjutant general, she serves as the official channel of communication between the governor and the National Guard Bureau and serves as a member of the governor’s cabinet.

General Singh grew up in Frederick County, Md., and is a long time Maryland resident where she resides with her husband and two daughters. She received her commission in 1991 through Officer Candidate School at the Maryland Military Academy in Reisterstown, Md. Her military career spans more than 30 years of service in both the enlisted and officer ranks. She has served in staff and command assignments at every level, including deployed assignments in Kosovo and a combat tour in Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Her previous military assignments include Commander of the Maryland Army National Guard and Director of the Joint Staff, Maryland National Guard.

Her military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal (2), the NCO Professional Development Ribbon, the Maryland Distinguished Service Cross and the Virginia National Guard Bronze Star Medal.

General Singh is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College where she received a master’s degree in Strategic Studies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia Union College, a master’s degree in Business Administration, Military Management from Touro International University, a master’s certificate in Six Sigma from Villanova University, is a graduate of the United States Northern Command Joint Task Force Commander’s course and is a fellow from the International Women’s Leadership program at Harvard University/INSEAD.

Resources for Attendees:

•    A review of a past leadership presentation by MG Singh will provide insight in to her leadership experience and a glimpse of potential content for her speech
•    An interview with MG Singh reflects on her hopes for Baltimore and role in working with the National Guard activation in April. MG Singh often reminded listeners that she, along with the rest of the local members of the National Guard, are community members here and, going back to work/life after the uprising was staying in the city, county, and state as this is their home.
•    MG Singh is an advocate for change around sexual assault prosecution and awareness. This interview highlights her work on this important topic.

Questions for further reflection and discussion:

1.    In a previous speaking engagement on leadership, Singh said, “I would look at the others around me and ask myself 'what do I want to take away from them that I could add to my own true self?’,” Who is someone that you have looked to as a leader and what lessons did you take away that you hope to apply to yourself?

2.    MG Singh often reminded listeners that she, along with the rest of the local members of the National Guard, are community members here and, going back to work/life after the uprising was staying in the city, county, and state as this is their home. What does it mean to you to be an active community member?

3.    What is a cause that you are personally passionate about? What is one step you can take this week to show people you value and care about this cause?

4.    What is one way you hope to learn more about leadership and better yourself as a leader this semester?

5.    Reflect on your personal top 5 values. Why are these values important to you and how do you live by your values as a student leader? Have you ever noticed yourself going again your values? What were the circumstances and how does it make you feel to about that value or your action?

6.    What was one lesson or take-away you will remember from the speaking event? How will you apply it to your personal leadership?

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