The National Economic Security Alliance has established the William H. Webster Profiles in Leadership Awards Program to recognize individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in government service.
For over seven decades the Honorable William Webster has demonstrated selfless devotion to public service during an illustrious career serving the country he loves. He has served with devotion to duty, honor, and courage of his convictions. Judge Webster personifies Patriotism, Leadership, and Service to our great nation. The following highlights Judge Webster's historic career in government service:
- United States Naval Officer during World War II and the Korean War
- United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri
- Federal District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri
- Federal Appeals Court Judge for the Eighth Circuit
- Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation -
- Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
- Chairman of the Department of Homeland Security Secretary’s Homeland Security Advisory Council
This leadership awards program has been established to honor Judge Webster’s distinguished career as a respected and treasured leader whose legacy serves as a role model for all Americans and is an inspiration for all. It is also designed to recognize those in public service who have demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities and have set an example for others to follow. Leaders in the various categories of these awards play a significant role in ensuring the current and future economic security of the country.
(Note: Separate awards may be considered at the Federal level as well as at the State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Level for each category.)
Individuals having demonstrated a significant combination of the following Leadership attributes whether at the peak of their career or at mid-career may be considered by each of the nominating committees for the honor of having this award bestowed upon them:
Nominating committees have been established for each of the award categories:
The nominating committee for Defense/Military is being chaired by the former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Admiral USN (ret.) James A. "Sandy" Winnefeld.
General Phil Breedlove, USAF (retired), former Vice Chief of USAF and former SACEUR
Vice Admiral Sally Brice-O'Hara, US CG (retired), former Vice Chief of the USCG
General John Campbell, USA (retired), former Vice Chief of the Army
General Craig McKinley, USAF (retired), former Chief of the National Guard Bureau
Admiral Bill Moran, USN (retired), former Vice Chief of Naval Operations
General Jay Paxton, USMC (retired), former Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps
The nominating committee for the Prosecutorial Community is being chaired by former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey.
Alexia Morrison, Former Chief Litigation Counsel, Securities and Exchange Commission
George Terwilliger, Former Deputy U.S. Attorney General & Acting U.S. Attorney General
The nominating committee for the Judiciary is being chaired by the Honorable Royce Lamberth, Senior Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, who formerly served as Chief Judge of the District.
Judge M. Margaret McKeown, U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Judge David Sentelle, Senior U.S. Circuit Judge for District of Columbia Court of Appeals
The Law Enforcement category of the awards is broken into two levels based on its breadth.
- The nominating committee for Federal Law Enforcement is being chaired by John Pistole, former Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration and Deputy Director of the FBI
Jane Harman, Former United States Congresswoman
Mark Sullivan, Former Director, United States Secret Service
Karen Tandy, Former Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration
- The nominating committee for State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Law Enforcement is being chaired by William Bratton, former Commissioner of Police for New York & Boston and Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department
Dwayne Crawford, Executive Director, National Organization of
Black Law Enforcement Executives
Terrence Cunningham, Former Chief of Police, Wellesley, MA and Former
President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police
Jim McDonnell, Former Sheriff, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Kathleen O’Toole, Former Chief of Police, Seattle Police Department
The nominating committee for the Intelligence Community is being chaired by the former Director of National Intelligence, Admiral USN(ret.) Michael McConnell
Lt. Gen (ret.) Ron Burgess, Former Director, Defense Intelligence Agency
Chris Inglis, Former Deputy Director, National Security Agency
Mike Rogers, Former United States Congressman
Dr. Ron Sanders, Former Associate Director of National Intelligence and
Chief Human Capital Officer
The nominating committee for Homeland Security is being chaired by former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff
Jeh Johnson, Former Secretary, Department of Homeland Security
Joseph Lieberman, Former United States Senator
Each Nominating Committee will consider individuals deserving of this prestigious recognition and will forward their recommendation to the award program coordinator.
Awards will be bestowed on an annual basis. Honorees will receive their awards at an awards event to be held in the Washington D.C. Metro area at a time and date to be announced.
Note: Awards may not necessarily be given in each category and/or subcategory annually
An organizing committee has been established to assist in guiding the award program and generating philanthropic support to ensure the award program and the annual awards ceremony will be consistent with the prestigious nature of the award.
Members of the Organizing Committee include:
Dave Brant, Former Director, Naval Criminal Investigative Service
Wes Bush, Former CEO, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Sue Gordon, Former Deputy Director of National Intelligence
Al Grasso, Former CEO, MITRE Corporation
Dr. Lani Kass, Former Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
Cathy Lanier, Former Chief, Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department
Kirstjen Nielsen, Former Secretary, Department of Homeland Security
Harvey Rishikof, Former Dean, National War College
Chuck Wexler, Executive Director, Police Executive Research Forum
One of our goals for this award program is to expand it beyond honoring those with a long history of public service. We believe that adding an element recognizing mid-career Emerging Leaders in each of the categories will serve as examples of the types of behaviors that others to seel to emulate.
An additional goal is to establish leadership-focused scholarship programs. With appropriate funding, we intend to establish the William H. Webster Leadership in Government Scholarship.
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