Decorated Army Commander and New York Giants Honorary Captain
Colonel Greg Gadson has survived the very worst of war, but this highly decorated American soldier has not been defeated by unfortunate circumstance. Instead, his life is a portrait of courage in the face of great adversity. Gadson understands that hard work and determination are key factors in overcoming life-altering setbacks. His biggest challenge happened in Iraq when an IED attack led to both of his legs being amputated above the knees. For anyone else, this might have been a defining moment, but he refused to be defined by the proverbial “hail of bullets.”
Gadson speaks with fervor about the crucial role teamwork and camaraderie play when facing life’s obstacles. He applies his story of personal adversity to every level of an organization, showing how every team depends on every one of its players. The lessons he imparts are not just words; his life was saved by the application of these same lessons. As an Army commander, he has been responsible for the lives of his men, and—thanks to the training, preparedness, and professionalism he teaches and practices—his life was saved by those same men. Few people understand the value of teamwork and support better than Colonel Greg Gadson.
A Soldier’s Life. A highly decorated colonel, Gadson commanded the 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery in Iraq. He’s served in every major conflict of the last two decades, including Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm (Kuwait), Operation Joint Forge (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), and Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq). His awards include the Bronze Star (3), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal, to name only a few. He also received the 2008 Hero of the Year Award from Reader’s Digest, the 2010 NCAA Inspirational Award, and the 2011 American Legion Patriot Award.
Still an active officer in the U.S. Army, Gadson completed a master’s degree in policy management from Georgetown University, and he is a fellow at the Institute of World Politics. He also teaches young people on high school and college football teams teamwork lessons around the country.
Pride, Poise, Team. Gadson’s football career ended at West Point, but his impact on the sport has reached amazing new heights. In 2008, he played a key, behind-the-scenes role in the New York Giants’ Super Bowl victory. At the behest of Head Coach Tom Coughlin, Gadson met the team and talked to them briefly about service, duty, perseverance, and adversity. Although Gadson refuses to take any credit, the Giants players and coaches have heralded the key inspirational role he played in their unprecedented season, eventually inviting him to watch from the team bench during their remarkable playoff run. For his example of leadership, courage, and camaraderie, Gadson was named the Giants’ honorary co-captain at the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. As a starting linebacker on the Army football team at West Point, he learned Coach Jim Young’s fundamentals of organization—Pride, Poise, Team—a touchstone lesson which Gadson applies to his life, career, and family. Gadson continues to live by his coach’s motto as well as the advice he gave the Super Bowl Champs: “You have to fight for every yard, every inch.”
Please fill out this short survey and receive a FREE copy of Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works by A.G. Lafley
Request A Copy
Download Speech Topics: Greg Gadson's Topics
Overcoming Organizational Adversity. "You don't get to pick your circumstances." This, according to Greg Gadson, is the lesson that he had to learn anew when he faced the toughest circumstances of his life. With unprecedented events affecting organizations all over the country and the world, Gadson imparts not only an inspirational message but he also shows how his real-life Army training and leadership experience can help organizations overcome their biggest challenges. Through personal anecdotes from his career and his own challenges, he shows organizations that hurdles and obstacles are placed in front of us everyday, but we do not have to be defined by them.
Circumstances don't define us. Gadson speaks with clarity and emotion about everyone's capacity to get back up after a fall. He explains, through the example of his personal experience, that we have no vote in the circumstances which befall us, but we do have a choice in how we will overcome those circumstances. He speaks to the interplay of an assertive self-reliance and the importance of teamwork, which was crucial in his own survival: "You are in control of your own destiny, but you need to figure out how to work together to protect yourself and the people close to you." Gadson shows how the careful organization and training of his infantry battalion resulted in his own life-saving rescue, and he relates how these principles of preparation and trust can be implemented to calm the storm of the ever-changing workplace.
Pride, Poise, and Team. Greg Gadson inspires audiences to overcome adversity by telling his unique and remarkable story. He relates how he used the core principle of "Pride, Poise, and Team" to rise above his injuries and how he still lives by this motto today to succeed in his family, career, and life. This fundamental of organization was instilled in Gadson at West Point, by Army football coach Jim Young, and he has never forgotten it. Whether commanding the only battalion in the 4th Infantry Brigade not to suffer a single fatality in Iraq, or giving a pre-game speech to the 2008 Super Bowl Champion New York Giants, Colonel Greg Gadson's every word is infused with courage, consistency, and the ethics of teamwork. He truly defines "grace under fire."
Local Fee Range$10,001.00 to $15,000.00
West Coast Fee Range$10,001.00 to $15,000.00
East Coast Fee Range$10,001.00 to $15,000.00
This specific fee falls within this range. Ranges are presented as a guideline only. Speaker fees are subject to change without notice. For an exact quote, please contact your Leading Authorities representative.
New York Times Best-Selling Author and Organized Crime Insider and Expert
Frank Calabrese, Jr. is an organized crime insider and expert and a New York Times best-selling author. From growing up in the mob to initiating a federal investigation into his father’s dealings while in prison, Calabrese, Jr. knows more than his share about redemption, courage, responsibility, morality, loyalty, criminality, and commerce.
Best-Selling Author and Inspiration for the Movie Black Hawk Down
An army aviator and the sole survivor of the Black Hawk crash chronicled in the movie Black Hawk Down, Michael Durant turns his experience into lessons of personal and professional growth. An awe-inspiring speaker, Durant describes the power of teamwork, leadership, and change.
Television Star, Former Member of Congress (R-IA)
Former CEO of Goodwill Industries and Political Commentator
From The Love Boat to Capitol Hill, Fred Grandy contrasts Hollywood with Washington and discusses the issues that affect everyone in between. The former CEO of Goodwill Industries calls private citizens to public service and explains why nonprofits are the nation's best kept secret.
Former Commander of United States Pacific Command
Former Head of Northern Command and NORAD
Retired Four-Star Admiral
Admiral Timothy J. Keating is a 38-year veteran of the United States Navy. With his extensive military experience and his background leading a very complex organization, Admiral Keating addresses leadership and teamwork.
Author, Holocaust Survivor, and Human Rights Activist
Weaving a story of hope in a time of evil, Gerda Weissmann Klein captivates audiences with her powerful story about surviving the holocaust. In her historical account, Klein delivers an uplifting presentation and describes how she found love in the face of overwhelming loss.
Former Commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan
Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
A one-of-a-kind commander with remarkable record of achievement, General Stanley McChrystal is widely praised for creating a revolution in warfare that fused intelligence and operations. Called “one of America’s greatest warriors” by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, he speaks about leadership, teamwork, and international affairs.
World-Class Blind Adventurer
Inspiring audiences to have the courage to reach for near impossible goals, Erik Weihenmayer asks participants to dig deep to find the grit, determination, and ingenuity within to transform their lives. The first blind athlete to climb Mt. Everest, Weihenmayer shares how his daring adventures have shattered the perceptions of people all over the world and encourages others to use all of their senses to accomplish their dreams.
Renowned Mountaineer and Adventurer
World-class skier, climber, and mountaineer who has delivered more than 100 keynote addresses to thousands sharing a human story that empowers people in business and life to overcome their own Everests.
Headquarters / Washington, DC
1990 M Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036-3435
330 High Holborn
London, United Kingdom
+44 207 849 6893 phone
20 N. Clark Street, Suite 803
Chicago, IL 60602
International Pte. Ltd.
3 Church Street Level 8,
Samsung Hub Singapore 049483
Speakers Bureau FAQs