Announcing the change, Program Director Justin Reash said,
“Winston Churchill’s leadership continues to provide inspiration, instruction, and thought leadership to leaders in every field across the globe. This name change reflects the Center’s focus on using Churchill’s example as a lens to view leadership studies in all fields. Being housed in George Washington’s Gelman library, we interface with thousands of students and visitors each year and act as a convening platform for influential leaders to engage with our broad and diverse audience.”
Laurence Geller, Chairman of the International Churchill Society said,
“Leadership. One word. Easy to say. Everyone agrees we need good leadership, never more so than in these volatile and dynamic times. But how do you quantify it? How do you deliver it? That is much more difficult. Churchill is a case study for effective leadership in the past and an inspiration for leadership in the future. He delivered when it mattered most, in a time of global war and immense adversity. He did it through his actions and his words. The National Churchill Leadership Center will learn from the past in order to shape the future; it will use words to shape actions. It will not just be about discussing leadership as an esoteric concept, but also about delivering measurable outcomes. On behalf of the entire International Churchill Society, I congratulate George Washington University Dean of Libraries Geneva Henry and Program Director Justin Reash on announcing the change. We greatly look forward to our continued partnership in this new direction.”
International Churchill Society President Randolph Churchill said,
“Speaking for the entire Churchill family, we are delighted with renaming the Center to focus on leadership, which is synonymous with Churchill and his fight for liberty and the freedoms we cherish today. The National Churchill Leadership Center will bring together leaders from all walks of life to learn from his legacy and develop their own skills and will inspire others to follow.”
The announcement was celebrated at the 2020 International Churchill Society Virtual conference, where over 2,200 attendees were the first to hear of the change. Reash also announced at the conference the launch of a new Churchill Leadership interview series that features current leaders addressing Churchill’s legacy in the present day. The first interview in the series was held during the conference, which featured current National Security Advisor Ambassador Robert O’Brien being interviewed by Ambassador Mitchell Reiss.
The National Churchill Leadership Center was established in 2016 as a philanthropic partnership between George Washington University and the International Churchill Society. The Center explores the relevance of lessons learned from Churchill and the example for the challenges facing the world today. It provides a unique opportunity for GW students, Churchill scholars, and the general public to study this multifaceted figure.
The International Churchill Society (ICS), founded in 1968 shortly after Churchill’s death, is the world’s preeminent member organization dedicated to preserving the historic legacy of Sir Winston Churchill. At a time when leadership is challenged at every turn, that legacy looms larger and remains more relevant than ever.
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