My personal mission is to “help people find the greater good in humanity by celebrating what’s right in the world!” In the first semester of my doctoral program in organizational leadership at Pepperdine University my cohort spent time exploring our personal leadership styles. My personal mission statement came as a result of the reflective work done during that time with a focus on how I wanted to show up in the world, and as a leader. This life changing work included developing a personal code of ethics to hold myself accountable.

For my talk I want to explore aspects of my personal mission statement and code of ethics and their efficacy during a global pandemic as I lead myself and others into an unknown future. In COMM 3211 “Business and Professional Communication” I teach a session on interviewing skills. One of the most popular interview questions that is asked is, “Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?” I tell my students that I cannot, and do not, answer that question as it relates to a specific position or place. I always answer that I will work from my strengths in a role that is aligned with my personal mission statement and code of ethics. They speak to what I value and hold to be right and true with the world, and I will always operate from that framework.

A few aspects from my code of ethics, called “The Hyghway,” that I will focus on include:
- I will live a life filled with great joy, excitement, and a personal commitment to excellence never looking back saying, “I should have,” or “I could have,” but instead saying, “I DID!”
- I will value interpersonal interactions with family, friends, and co-workers. In all interactions, I will seek to build relationships of trust and unity that nurture and build up the persons around me.
- I will exhibit an optimistic countenance from sunrise to sunset and beyond.
- I will not sit in judgement of others.
- I will meet people where they are in life no matter what their circumstance or situation.
- I will treat my body as a temple with a daily exercise regiment and healthy eating.

Here is a link to “The Hyghway” in its entirety: Larry is a lecturer and the internship coordinator in the communication studies department with an emphasis in strategic communications at California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB). Prior to CSUSB he was the senior communications manager for the Black AIDS Institute, the only national HIV/AIDS think tank focused exclusively on Black people. Hygh spent 20 plus years as the chief communications officer for The United Methodist Church (UMC) in five different regional offices in the United States, and the international mission agency when it was based in New York City. He earned an Ed.D. in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., a M.A. in mass communications from Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU), and a B.A. in radio/television from SFASU in Nacogdoches, Texas. Larry describes himself as a “fun and adventure enthusiast” who is a foodie and loves to travel. He has traveled to six of the seven continents, 29 countries, and 45 of the 50 U.S. states. Visit him at This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at