"The goal is to raise awareness and I believe this has the potential to take off."

Colonel Reginald Hairston​

Colonel Reginald Hairston (USMC Retired) served for 30 years in the Marine Corps. He has served as the Senior Director / Chief Operating Officer in several organizations to include leading an organization of 700 employees responsible for providing security and emergency services (firefighting, medical response, police services, 911 dispatch, animal control) to the residents of Camp Pendleton and the population immediately outside the gates of the installation.

He contributes his opportunities to work in high paced environments, with individuals from all walks of life, as a privilege of a lifetime and the reason he has come to appreciate, embrace and advocate for leaders to understand that diversity and inclusion are foundational elements in high achieving organizations. Colonel Hairston earned his Master of Science in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from James Madison University.

“Leadership styles morph to fit situations, but as a general rule, I believe a leader has to invest heavily in the people they are serving in order to identify strengths, weaknesses, motivations and gain trust. Subsequently leaders need to challenge employees to share their ideas and find ways to create win / win situations in order to encourage further employee participation. Calling yourself a leader rings hollow, if the employees under your supervision don’t share the same view.”

– Colonel Reginal Hairston