Leadership Lessons for Today
Special Event at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation®
- Monday, November 13, 2023
- Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
- Location: In Front of the Gallery by General Motors
Free for members or with museum admission.
Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, Nelson Mandela rose to prominence as an activist, a prisoner and a president — but most of all, a leader. What lessons can we learn from Mandela today?
Join us for a panel discussion between authors Christo Brand and Andrew Russell — each with a personal connection to Nelson Mandela — and moderator Lucie Howell, chief learning officer at The Henry Ford. Includes additional remarks from Rochelle Riley of the Detroit Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship Division and students from Henry Ford Academy.
At the end of the program, audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions as well as purchase a signed copy of each of the authors’ books: Doing Life with Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend (2014) and The Leadership We Need: Lessons for Today from Nelson Mandela (2023).
Program will be hosted in the Plaza at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.
About the Authors:
|Christo Brand is a South African author and former prison guard of Robben Island Prison. Beginning his tenure at Robben Island in 1978 at 19 years old, Brand was responsible for guarding Nelson Mandela during his lifetime sentence. In 1982, Brand was transferred along with Mandela to Pollsmoor Prison, where the pair developed a close friendship over the course of many years. Brand is the co-author of Doing Life with Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend. In 2018, he retired from his post at Robben Island to pursue storytelling full time.
|Andrew Russell is a South African storyteller and leadership coach as well as Christo Brand’s manager and editor. Russell authored and published his first book, The Leadership We Need: Lessons for Today from Nelson Mandela, which is being released in October 2023.