The Hogan Program’s speaker session this past Wednesday was unlike any other. It was a special evening as we were joined by young executives from Fujitsu and Dr. Constancio Paranal III, Director of Educational Programs at Japan-American Institute of Management Science (JAIMS).
It was also an honor to hear words of wisdom from Dr. Roy Panzarella, Vice President of Pacific Operations at Alaka’ina Foundation Family of Companies, a nonprofit corporation whose activities principally benefit the youth of Hawaii. Dr. Panzarella is the former CEO of Lockheed Martin-United Arab Emirates and retired Army Colonel. He is newest member of the Board of Regents at Chaminade University.
Dr. Panzarella involved comics and humor to his presentation which made his presentation memorable and unique. He shared stories about his overseas experience, and spoke on leadership and what it takes to be a great leader. His working definition of leadership is that “leadership is the art and science of inspiring to morally accomplish the mission.” Some of the skill-sets of a great leader include having ethics and integrity, which are not “negotiable” but are dependent on certain situations especially when dealing with international relations. He also stressed that we shouldn’t live in the past but definitely learn from it.
Dr. Panzarella ended his presentation with final tips and advice in becoming a great leader. Great leaders are active listeners. They listen to feedback and evaluate criticisms. They are self-aware and know their values. Lastly, they pay attention to their environment and understand the culture they are in.
Written by: Hogan Entrepreneurs Program student, Caitlin Martinez
Speaker Session with Roy Panzarella