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Center for integrity in leadership

“Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.”

- Warren Buffett

Personal responsibility and character have always been at the heart of a Berry education, preparing graduates to serve as principled leaders in the communities where they live and work. The Berry Center for Integrity in Leadership builds on these strengths to provide students of all majors with an even deeper grounding in values and integrity as they discuss and practice the difficult, real-life decisions that shape integrity in leadership in all aspects of life – from corporate management to running a small business to volunteering with a youth soccer league. That’s because all positions of “leadership” come with the shared responsibilities of influencing others and meeting their needs.

A distinctive and key part of BCIL is the Carper Mentoring Program, which matches Berry students with experienced leaders from the local professional community. Students also now have the opportunity to earn a leadership certificate from the college, and the Cecil B. Wright III Integrity in Leadership Lecture Series brings national speakers to campus. For more information on current initiatives and next steps, click the accompanying links or contact Scott Breithaupt (91C, 96G) at sbreithaupt@berry.edu or 706-238-5897.

Rachel LeRoy

For Rachel LeRoy (15C), focusing intentionally on leadership as a student at Berry was like seeing clearly for the first time.

“Those who remember their first pair of glasses will understand the giddy feeling of recognizing each blade of grass,” she said. “The same is true for my experience in the Carper Mentoring Program. I realized that leadership isn’t always obvious, but that it’s both vital and fulfilling to wield it with grace and empathy.”

A varsity athlete and student enterprise director while at Berry, LeRoy was no stranger to leadership roles. Yet the BCIL mentoring program provided needed clarity for the marketing major now pursuing a master’s degree in human-computer interaction at Georgia Tech. Mentors Anne Kaiser, a Georgia Power vice president, and Cecil B. Wright III (73C), retired senior managing director of Wells Fargo Advisors, helped her both understand the larger landscape and figure out where she fit.

“Anne opened me up to a world of creativity and design and pushed me to think about the larger picture of business ethics,” she said.  “Buster encouraged me to look inside and do a thorough soul search, helping me understand who I am and why – as well as what that means for my life moving forward and how I can use this identity as a catalyst for change and leadership.”