About us

The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association founded the George Washington Leadership Institute in 2013 to examine and teach about the leadership qualities of America’s first president. Learning from failure and mentorship, George Washington became one of the premier leaders of the young United States.

His commitment to execution, focus on strategic vision, and emphasis on organizational character are still important lessons for 21st century leaders to learn from and reflect on.

Meet our faculty

The following faculty members lead the Leadership Institute seminars.

Joseph Stoltz

Joseph Stoltz, Ph.D., is Director of the George Washington Leadership Institute. He previously was a member of the United States Military Academy Department of History. He studies the Continental Army and is currently writing a history of its Main Army.

Peter Cressy

Peter Cressy, Ed.D., RADM (Ret.), is the Director of Executive Leadership Programs. He served 28 years in the United States Navy in command and senior staff positions, followed by 8 years in higher education as a college president and university chancellor, where he was also a tenured professor of management. He later served 16 years as the President and CEO of the Distilled Spirits Council trade association.

Lindsay Chervinsky

Dr. Lindsay M. Chervinsky is an expert in the cabinet, presidential history, and U.S. government institutions. Currently, she is serving as Scholar in Residence at the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies at Iona College and Senior Fellow at the International Center for Jefferson Studies. She is the author of the award-winning The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution.

Paul Mikolashek

Paul T. Mikolashek is a retired US Army Lieutenant General and currently serves as a Highly Qualified Expert and a Visiting Professor with the US Army War College Center for Strategic Leadership and the Department of Distance Education. Mikolashek served in the U.S. Army for more than 35 years. He held the rank of Lieutenant General and was The Inspector General, U.S. Army. After retiring from the Army he worked for the Raytheon Company for nine years where he served as Vice President in Raytheon International responsible for business development and achieving international growth goals.

Heather Soubra

The former Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives at the International Dairy Foods Association,Soubra studied international affairs at George Washington University, earned her bachelor’s degree in intercultural communication from George Mason University, and her certificate in coaching from George Mason University’s Institute for Leadership Excellence through their Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being program, designed for business professionals striving for positive change in team and organizational culture.

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