Former Commanding General of U.S. Army Materiel Command
General Ann Dunwoody is the former commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, where she had previously served as deputy commanding general. AMC is one of the largest commands in the Army with more than 69,000 employees and presence in all 50 states and 145 countries. Dunwoody is also the first woman in U.S. military and uniformed service history to achieve a four-star officer rank, receiving her fourth star in November 2008. In 2005, Dunwoody became the Army’s top-ranking female when she received the promotion to lieutenant general (three stars) and became the Army’s deputy chief of staff, G-4 (logistics). A straight shooter, she is exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau and addresses leadership, peak performance, leading change, visioning, and logistics.
Career and Military Firsts. In addition to becoming the first woman in U.S. military history to achieve the rank of four-star general, she was the first woman to command a battalion in the 82nd Airborne Division in 1992, and she became Fort Bragg’s first female general officer in 2000. Dunwoody was also the first woman to command the Combined Arms Support Command.
U.S. Army Career. In 1975, Dunwoody graduated from State University of New York College at Cortland and was direct commissioned into the Women’s Army Corps. During her more than 30 years as a quartermaster corps officer she led many divisions at home and abroad, commanding at every level.
Dunwoody served as executive officer and later division parachute officer for the 407th Supply and Transportation Battalion. She deployed to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield/Operation Desert Storm. As the 1st Corps support command commander, she deployed the logistics task force in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and stood up the Joint Logistics Command in Uzbekistan in support of the combined joint task force. As commander of surface deployment and distribution command, she supported the largest deployment and redeployment of U.S. forces since WWII. She officially retired after 38 years of service in 2012.
Awards and Recognition. Her awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Commendation Medal; the Army Achievement Medal; the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; and many others.
Dunwoody has been recognized as a 2001 Distinguished Alumni for the State University of New York at Cortland and was the recipient of the 2004 National Defense Transportation Association’s DoD Distinguished Service Award, the 2007 Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) Distinguished Service Award, and many others.
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Leadership and Peak Performance. General Ann Dunwoody shares her field-tested insights and lessons on leadership and driving peak performance. She believes that good leadership is in finding your passion and helps her audience understand how to tap into that desire and ability to inspire. Leadership is about communicating a vision and earning buy-in from your subordinates – not directives and authority. Dunwoody shares the unique perspective of the military’s most successful woman ever – from her experience in a traditionally male-dominated world.
Leading Change. As the first female four-star general, Ann Dunwoody knows a thing or two about leadership and leading change in an organization. She was first commissioned as a part of the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) but then had to manage the integration of women into the army as WAC was dismantled. She also successfully redesigned and realigned her supply management division to keep the unit from being absorbed. In this presentation, Dunwoody outlines her strategies for successfully leading change, which stem from the belief that you cannot direct change, you have to inspire it by communicating your vision, getting key players to participate, and achieving buy-in from those involved. While most people are averse to change (especially in the military!), General Dunwoody lived by retired four-star General Eric Shinseki’s quote: “If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less,” and she gives her audience practical advice for achieving the same great feats that she did.
Visioning. Ann Dunwoody outlines how to create a successful vision for an organization that generates buy-in and inspires the action necessary for success. She shares that the key is getting all goals and plans on a single sheet of paper so that people can easily understand how their actions contribute to the overall mission. Leaders must then bring all of the affected parties together to ensure that everyone (and everyone’s division or department) is included in the vision. The helps each individual person feels ownership of the success or failure of the vision. In this presentation, she offers her approach to visioning and gives her audience practical takeaways for making it happen at their own organizations.
Logistics. General Ann Dunwoody spent her entire military career managing logistics, and she shares her tips of the trade in this rare chance to pick the brain of the woman who successfully managed the largest deployment and redeployment of U.S. forces since WWII. Citing the 70% of procurement costs are in the logistics, she tackles the complexities of making sure that our country’s troops are ready and well-supplied in the field, as she commanded 69,000 employees with a presence in all 50 states and 145 countries.
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